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3 Ways To Develop A Daily Writing Habit

Don’t you wish you could just wake up every morning, grab your steamy cup of coffee or tea and sit down to write the next great American novel with the words would just flow from your fingers like velvety ribbons of chocolate?

Or maybe you wish you could just find the time to write every day?

Or maybe you just want to freaking write in your book you started 10 years ago – finally!

Or maybe you haven’t even started a book yet, but dream of doing so.

Or maybe the idea of having a writer’s lifestyle is the ultimate dream for you.

All of these are very real wants and desires.

However, let’s get real here. Writing a book isn’t exactly easy. In fact, best selling author, Seth Godin, pointed out that writing a book is slow, hard, and a horrendous return on investment.

“The return on equity and return on time for authors and for publishers is horrendous. If you’re doing it for the money, you’re going to be disappointed. On the other hand, a book gives you leverage to spread an idea and a brand far and wide. There’s a worldview that’s quite common that says that people who write books know what they are talking about and that a book confers some sort of authority.”

If it were easy, more people would do it.

BUT, there have been many many people who have done it and done so very well.

In fact, if you want to be taken serious in business, having a book that shares your story or the core of what you do is an incredibly powerful way to leveling up as the authority you need to be in your industry to start to really be taken seriously.

So, then the question becomes…Are you ready to do this book writing thing?

When it comes to writing your book, the most important thing you can do for yourself is not the plotting, planning and designing…no, it’s the hardest part of creating a book…the actual writing itself. More specifically, setting up a daily writing habit.

Setting up a daily writing habit for yourself is going to be the lifeblood of your process. Because, let’s face it, the book (blog or anything else) ain’t going to write itself, honey!

Here are 3 very simple and powerful ways to help you create a daily writing habit:

1. Create a Trigger

When you are getting ready to sit down to write, create a trigger that tells your mind it’s time to write.

Think of the case of Pavlov’s dog. Whenever Pavlov went to feed his dog, he would ring a bell and feed the dog food. The dog started to associate the bell with food and every time he would hear the bell he would salivate. The bell would trigger the dog to salivate.

You can use the same kind of trigger for yourself as well.

I personally use two triggers when I sit down to write.

  1. I put Young Living essential oils in my diffuser and turn it on. The smell and sound of the oils in the diffuser trigger my mind to get into writing mode instantly. It’s like “zone juice” for me.
  2. I open the blinds in my office so I can let in the sunlight and look out the window as I write. I find nature to be inspiring to me as I let the words flow.

Think of what kind of trigger you would like to use for yours.

2. Make Your Daily Goal Super Small

It may seem counter intuitive to create a teeny-tiny small goal as your daily writing goal, but hear me out on this.

If you start off with a writing goal of 3,000 words a day that may seem quite reasonable and do-able. With that daily writing goal your book will get done in no time.

However, this is actually a very UNreasonable daily goal to start out with.

Why?

Because you may start out strong with your goal, but what happens when you’re several days into your writing and hit a pausing point where you need to think things through at a point and don’t reach your goal?

That’s when the destruction usually happens…

You may be able to push through it and make up for it the next day, but it will still bother you. That nagging that you didn’t reach your goal. The disappointment. The self-doubt. The loathing boiling beneath the surface waiting for the right time to explode.

This is why many writers stop writing. The self-destruction and disappointment is too great.

None of this is good for your sanity.

Instead, create a small, easily obtainable daily writing goal. Something so small that it’s incredibly easy for you to reach daily and say yes to.

I suggest starting out at 100 words a day.

By creating this incredibly small writing goal, it does a number of things. It helps to get your butt in the seat to write. It helps you reach your daily goal. It helps you to show up every day <-super important! It helps you feel good about writing more than that and if for some reason you could only do 100 words that day, you still met your goal and it still feels good.

This helps your brain get what it ultimately wants – the reward.

Besides, Hemingway only wrote 500-1000 words a day and look what he was able to accomplish.

By starting with 100 words a day it will help you to develop your daily habit in a healthy way you can feel good about and stick with.

3. Keep Track Of Your Daily Habit

A trick that Jerry Seinfeld developed to keep him writing consistently every day was “Don’t Break The Chain”.

The idea behind it is to make a big red “X” on your calendar every day you achieve your writing goal. Then do it everyday, creating a chain of X’s. The goal is to not break the chain.

When you mark off the day on your calendar, it gives a great sense of satisfaction, thus creating another reward for your brain to revel in.

To help you out with this, I’ve created a fun daily writing tracker for the 3rd quarter of 2016 (July, August and September), because you know I’m all about doing business 3 months at a time. 😉

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