Creating Healthy Writing Habits
“The habit of doing more than is necessary can only be earned through practice.” ― Seth Godin
Writing a book is a big goal. To reach the point where you have a fully prepared manuscript that’s ready for publication, there are many smaller, less exciting goals you’ll have to achieve along the way. From collecting materials and meeting word-count goals, to organizing chapters and editing every sentence — there’s much to be done. Because it’s so easy to get overwhelmed by the process, it’s important that you take action and stay focused to ensure that your dream of writing a book isn't only a dream.
Being a writer is a lifestyle choice. So, in order to be a successful writer, you need to incorporate writing as an integral part of your daily life. Make writing a habit, and you’ll be on your way to achieving whatever writing goals you set for yourself.
Many writers approach their writing schedules in different ways. Some keep to strictly scheduled writing sessions while others simply wait for inspiration to strike. A simple way to become a productive writer with good writing habits is to commit yourself to writing at least one sentence every day. Here’s why:
You’ll benefit from the power of practice
After you've made the decision to host a book signing event, the first step is to choose a venue. A local bookstore is an obvious choice, but you can think outside the box about your venue. If your book is about nutrition, consider asking a local health food store if you can host your event there. Places of worship, community centers and universities are all good options as well. Consider the topic of your book and then think of a place where people who may be interested in your book would go. After you've decided on a venue to approach, prepare a professional portfolio of your work and a copy of your book to give to someone at your venue. If you need a little extra help preparing for your book signing event, consider purchasing the Balboa Press Book Signing Kit to help.
You’ll stay connected to your work
When you go long stretches without working on your book, it can be easy to lose focus and produce writing that feels choppy and disconnected. By sitting down to work at least a little every day, it will be easy to get right back into your writing zone. All of your research, ideas and chains of thought will always be fresh in your mind, and you’ll feel closer to your work.
You’ll write with freedom
Once writing becomes a regular part of your life, you can approach each writing session with a more relaxed attitude. Because you trust that you’ll be right back at your computer the next day, you can start to take risks and experiment with new ideas in ways that you might not otherwise feel comfortable.
You’ll open the floodgates
On some days, that one sentence might be all you can deliver (and that’s okay). But on other days (most days) that one sentence will turn into much, much more. Once you simply take the step to sit down with your computer, open your work in progress, and begin typing, you never know how many words will flow from you onto the page.
Regardless of how much work you get done during each writing session, you’ll be creating a daily writing habit that will pay off in the long run. Happy writing!