How to Create Great Writing Habits
I have a confession to make. When it comes to writing fiction, I’m a lazy writer. At the moment, I’m currently doing a ’28-Days of Blogging Challenge’ to launch my new blog. I’m currently writing over two thousand words a day. However, when it comes to finishing the first draft of my thriller novel, Immunity, I go months between writing sessions. At the moment, I’ve written 63,716 words. How long has it taken me to get this far, you ask? In November 2016, it will be 2 years since I first put pen to paper. I love writing this book. When I make the time to write I lose myself, in the writing process. It’s not a case of my book isn’t outlined, or I don’t love writing. I’m lazy, that’s my only excuse. Something needs to change. So, I’m committing to a social experiment, to change my bad writing habits and replace them with great writing habits.
If you’re anything like me, then you dream of being organised but consistently fail. You’ve read a lot of information on creating great writing habits. But, these blog posts seem to be written by people who don’t get you. This blog post is different. It’s written by someone who is just like you. So, I’d love to invite you on my journey to overcoming writer’s procrastination and create great writing habits.
So, let’s get started.
The words of Jim Rohn echoed in my mind as I stared at my Facebook feed one Sunday night. I’m friends with one of those people who love to share inspiring posts. I usually scroll past, but this time was different. It’s like I was getting a virtual slap in the face. Jim Rohn was right. For me to become a successful author, I needed to finish my book, that’s the first step towards achieving this goal. It’s not exactly rocket science, but this requires me to change.
This leads me to the first and fundamental habit I need to establish. A daily or at least a weekly writing habit.
‘If you want life to change, you have to change.’
– Jim Rohn
Set a weekly word count goal
Plan what you’re going to write before you start
Record your progress
There’s more to writing than just writing
I’m Amelia. I write Mystery Novels under the pen name A. D. Hay. And, I’m the author of Missing, the first book in the James Lalonde series. On this blog, I help new writers to finish their first draft, prepare their manuscripts for professional editing, and when they get stuck in the first draft phase or are confused about the revision process. Right now, I’m editing and preparing my soon to be published mystery novels, Duplicity, 24 Hours, and Immunity for publication.