Good morning day dreamers and story tellers. I hope your week has been full of productivity and happiness!
I have had a rather long, stressful and fatigue filled week and yet somehow between it all I have found time to work on my novel edits every day! And it is because of this that I’d like to share my thoughts on today’s blog topic. I’d like to share four things that happen when you make writing a habit, despite your busy life.
1. It becomes hard to quit
Habits are hard to quit, which is often a bad thing. It this case though, it is a very good thing. Once you make writing a habit you’ll find yourself itching to write every day. While it may not always be possible to put pen to paper every day, the desire to is what is important. It means that you’re more likely to get down to it at your next available opportunity.
2. You meet your deadlines
Undeniably making writing a habit equals more writing. You’ll find it easier to meet deadlines, finish projects and move forward in your novel writing journey. I’ve spoken before about the importance of deadlines for writers, even those of us who are currently unpublished. Deadlines give us structure, and achievable goals and making writing a habit is the quickest way to meet them.
3. You become more dedicated
As I’ve made writing a habit, I’ve found myself more dedicated and more passionate about my writing. I have always loved to write, have never considered a life where I didn’t, but I have not always been as dedicated as I have been over the past couple of years. That is all down to the habit, it keeps a fire burning and encourages me to write even on those bad, writers block filled days.
4. You’ll find more time to write
Before writing became a habit, I used to wait to write until I had the perfect setting. I had to be at my desk, or in a coffee shop, or curled up on the sofa with a few hours stretched ahead of me. The thing is, you don’t need any of that. And when writing becomes a habit, you’ll find yourself fitting writing into your busy life, even at the busiest of moments. You don’t need a comfortable setting; you need a notebook, a laptop or a phone. You don’t need hours, you can scribble a few sentences in a matter of minutes. When writing is a habit you’ll find yourself trying to fit it in, like a smoker smuggling another cigarette break – only healthier and more productive!
Is writing a habit for you? Has it always been or did you have to make it so? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this, so do comment below.