Habit Building: Have You Been Writing Lately?

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“For once, I can answer this question with a – yes I certainly have. I have finally been able to really hone in on my creativity, and give myself what I need to start writing and stay writing. It is a habit that I wanted to become a constant in my daily routine, no matter how busy the workday might be, and so far it has been working out quite nicely. I’ve been starting every day with a plan, allowing myself to map out what I can get done in a certain amount of time, and really going to town on getting it done. For a while, I had been saying that I wanted to get back into the groove, write something I thoroughly enjoy, and make the most out of the process. So far, that’s exactly what I’ve been doing, and it is a very fulfilling habit to build. I wanted to branch out, do something different with the short story I’m currently writing (and can’t wait to share), and it’s been a lot of fun. I usually try to separate my writing days from my editing days, so that I can focus on one at a time, but I will say there have been days lately where I get both of them done. Now, I ask you, “Have you been writing lately?” A question I needed to hear from someone else a few months ago, and I’ve been writing as much as I can ever since.”

I wanted to stop feeling like I wasn’t working hard enough, like I wasn’t putting enough creative energy into what I had been writing. That is when I decided that it was time for a change, it was time to alter both the way I view my writing, but how often I sit down to get it done – and it’s made all the difference. Sometimes, it’s simply a change we need to keep us productive, to keep us creative, and I’ve learned that switching things up is exactly the way to go.

When I feel like I haven’t been getting enough writing done, I do look to what other writer’s processes are like, how they decide when it’s a good time to write, and how much of it they get done during a given day. Now, that’s not to say that you need to adapt a certain writer’s writing schedule to be productive, but it did give me a good idea of where to begin, what to try out, eventually settling on what works for me. I always told myself that I’m not much of a morning person, that I hate getting out of bed like most of us do, and while that’s true – I’m also the most productive in the morning. (For the life of me I cannot get any work done at night). I learned instead to not try to force myself to get work done in the evenings, because by then I feel entirely too drained to get anything done (or to think about anything at all for that matter), so I began waking up a bit earlier. While, it may not be fun at first, it will eventually become routine, and I finally found the time where my brain seemed to work best, where my thought processes were the clearest, and where I could create uninterrupted by the trials and tribulations of everyday life.

I wanted both a morning routine and a night routine that made me feel good, that kept me happy, well-rested and ready to begin again the next day. I now get all of my work done during the day, and that includes my writing so that I can leave the evenings to rest, recharge, and spend a little time with my hobbies – like playing video games, catching up on a good book, or watching a show I may have missed. It’s important when finding the right time of the day to get the work done, that you also remember to take care of yourself. There is enough time to get it done if it’s what you want to do, and if there isn’t – you’ll find the time to get it done regardless. You have that incredible story idea, those complex characters you can’t wait to explore, but ask yourself this: “Have you been writing lately?”

I hope you all enjoyed this here blog post and I thank you for taking the time to read! I’d love to hear what your writing process is like down below in the comments!

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