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5 Tips on Developing a Great Writing Habit That Works

Good writing habits please!

[This is part of theĀ Developing Great Blog Content Series. Check out the other posts!]

Great blogs have great blog content but only if there’s content there to begin with!

One of the things that I want to challenge you with through this post is for you to begin to develop a system and strategy for learning to write daily – not that you need to actually publish daily but that you’re spending time writing every single day.

I believe that great blog content is birthed out of a blogger who practices his craft with great intent and a blogger who practices more often than not is going to always be in a better spot and set up for greater potential for success than one who essentially “wings it” and banks on luck rather than the development of core skills.

And you know this already, right? Professional athletes are professional athletes because they spend most of their life in training, working to get better in their field constantly. Now, we don’t have to go to that extreme but we need to take the principles of hard work, dedication, and creating a sustainable schedule and pattern that works for you!

In other words, you need to write daily in such a way where it becomes habitual.

Developing Great Writing Habits

Now I’m not actually the best person to be giving advice to others about developing habits that stick since I like to break even my own habits now and then but I’ve learned a few patterns and things that have helped me.

Here are 5 things that have been critical to the formation of a writing habit that works for me:

  1. ScheduleI wrote a post about this a bit more in depth but one of the things that you need to do is simply create a schedule for yourself that works – build out some explicit time during your day to actually write. Perhaps it’s in the morning; perhaps it’s in the evening. Just choose some time that works for you!
  2. Be Ready – One of the challenges that I’ve faced consistently is having something at the ready for my writing needs. What I’ve realized is that my iPhone, iPad, and even my MacBook Air is not enough and does not make me ready for writing at any moment. As a result I carry around a Moleskine notebook and a pen so I’m ready to jot down at any notice. This will help solidify your growth as a writer and your habit of writing.
  3. Be Aware – On the same token as #2 you need to be constantly aware of your need to write – if you find inspiration wherever you are then you need to be willing (and able) to start writing. Jot it down in your notebook or something else but being aware of your need to write daily will help you execute. The more you do the more it’ll become a habit and/or natural.
  4. Your Environment – I’ve mentioned this before but there appears to a connection between your environment and your level of productivity – your creative laboratory so to speak. Habits can be developed naturally or they can be created and both are just as good and legitimate! Find your optimal environments so that your habit can form faster and more concrete.
  5. Execute Publicly – At the end of the day you have to hit the “Publish” button and get your work out there into the public, especially if you’re a blogger. Sure, you can write thousands of words that never see the light of day and that’s great but you have to let others see it so as to provide passive and active criticism so that you can become a better writer. Get in the habit of others reading your work and you’ll become a better writer.

Now those are only 5 that I’ve been able to come up with and I’d love to hear your stories about how you’ve developed a better writing habit!

Please let me know as I’m always interested in becoming better myself!

[This is part of theĀ Developing Great Blog Content Series. Check out the other posts!]