Three Strategies to Create a Daily Writing Habit

Daily writing habits are essential to help clear our minds and begin generating a current of ideas that, with consistency, will only get stronger over time. I believe it is extremely important to the success of a writer, and how we evolve in our craft, to make a habit of writing every day, especially if we are participating in NaNoWriMo.

No one says that forming a daily writing routine will be easy! Writing is truly a discipline.

Here are three strategies I have used to create a daily writing habit:


Distractions and Reactions

Distractions are everywhere. Cleaning or making another cup of coffee becomes a priority over writing.

You have the power to conquer them witih positive reactions and get in the groove of finishing your projects.


Character Goals and Motivations

“Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.”

–Kurt Vonnegut, 8 Basics of Creative Writing.

In the previous post on To Build a World, Part Four I looked at the theme of struggle. The struggle with your character in different elements of fantasy. I want to continue the character driven themes, with your character goals and motivations.


Patience is Virtue

Patience is a virtue, and it isn’t easy to come by. However, it can be the difference between a talented writer and a published author. Even if you’ve mastered the art of the comma, studied plot structure at university, and have contacts in the publishing world, I believe you can’t make it without patience.

Here are three points that outline, how writers are patient:


Resuming from Adventure

It has been twenty long days since I stepped into this realm. An almost three-week adventure I endured but every day I continued to edit my novel and every day I read.

I had a break from blogging. I love the online engagement but it was school holidays and I needed the space from blogging to return with more enthusiasm.

So, what did I do during my break? Here is a rough list of my achieved goals.

  • Close to finishing the second round of edits for my novel, I mean really close.
  • I finished the first book in the Memory, Thorn and Sorrow Series by Tad Williams
  • I completed several editing and writing short-courses.
  • My financeê and I secured a date and venue for our wedding; and
  • We went camping.

The reason why I emphasise lists and goals is that sometimes we need to remind ourselves of what we have achieved. We get caught up in the goals we set, deadlines,  daily routines and unplanned life distractions but if we remind ourselves of what we have achieved, it can help us move forward and motivate you to complete more or stay on task.