7 Tips To Develop The Habit Of Writing

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Writing is one of the hardest things for some bloggers to do. They stare at the blank screen, become terrified and think to themselves, “Oh my goodness. How am I going to fill the screen with words?”

The answer is a simple one; the only way a blogger can fill the screen with words is by typing one word at a time.

Hey, I have been doing this sort of thing for many years and I am going to share the secrets of turning writing into a habit with you.

1.) Be An Avid Reader

Some of you are probably thinking, “What in God’s name does being an avid reader has to do with developing the habit of writing?”

Well, believe it or not, being an avid reader will help you in the area of becoming a better writer. Also, reading on a regular basis will provide you with the information that will make your writing outstanding.

Writers cannot get away from reading due to the fact, that they need to research the topic that they intend on writing about.

Now, even though you think that you know a particular topic rather well, it is advisable, that you do in-depth research (in the form of reading) to make sure that the information that you possess is up-to-date.

Dear friend, reading and writing go hand in hand.

2.) Dedicate A Certain Time Period For Brainstorming The Types Of Articles That You Would Like To Write About

Putting aside a specific time period to brainstorm the types of articles that you would like to write about works in your favour.

Why?

Because it is a timesaver — one that places you in a position to write with a high level of confidence (Any blogger’s confidence will be boosted by knowing that they already have a topic for their blog post).

A person can devote at least twenty minutes in the morning, afternoon or late evening to brainstorming the types of articles that they would like to write about.

After you have come up with some great ideas and wonderful topics for your future articles, you can jot them down in a small notepad (Which you will return to when it is time for you to compose a blog post).

Do keep in mind, that it is the fear of not knowing what you are going to write about that escalates out of control whenever you look at a blank screen (That fear is eradicated by knowing exactly what it is that you are going to write about).

3.) Eliminate All Of Your Distractions

One great way of eliminating all of your distractions is by logging yourself out of all of your social media accounts whenever it is time for you to do your quota of writing. Having your writing being constantly interrupted by notifications from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etcetera, is counterproductive.

My friend, Obinna P. Anyaibe, composes his blog posts the old-fashioned way; he uses a pen to write his words of inspiration on a notepad (When he is finished with the editing process, he enters the content on his iPhone via the WordPress app).

In my case, I would utilize LibreOffice Writer (An open-source word processing program).

What I like most about LibreOffice Writer is that I do not have to depend on an internet connection for it to work (It can store everything that I type when I am offline).

Also, if you are easily distracted by noise, you can utilize the quietest room in your house for the purpose of composing your blog post or invest your money in one of those modern noise-cancelling headphones.

And, parents with young children can get their quota of writing done when those children of theirs are asleep.

It is way easier to develop the habit of writing when you are not distracted.

4.) Start Writing

You might as well start by engaging yourself in some writing (Which is way better than putting off writing).

And, why is it that you should start writing right away?

Because if you keep putting off writing for a later date, you might end up putting it off again (The last thing that you would want is to become is a chronic procrastinator).

It might appear hard at first, but it will become easier every time that you make a conscientious effort to get some writing done.

People who are just starting out can forget all about being perfect.

I advise newcomers to write as though they are the only ones who are going to read what they wrote (That will cause their anxiety to vanish into thin air and become creative).

I have said on numerous occasions, “You do not have to publish everything that you write.”

5.) Make Writing A Priority

Ironically, most of us will find the time to relax and watch movies. However, we rarely think about finding the time to write.

How does one find the time to write?

Oh, it is simple — make writing a priority of yours!

You could implement a timetable for writing or you could do it whenever you have any sort of free time (The whole idea behind this is to make writing a habit).

You can develop the habit of writing by creating articles that are based on:

  • Your relationship with your friends and family.
  • What your day at work was like.
  • Your spiritual beliefs.
  • Things that can make the community that you live in better.

Now, those are merely a few examples of the things that you can write about to get your creative juices flowing.

The truth is that you can write about anything that you are interested in for the sake of practice.

6.) Set Personal Writing Goals

You will need to start off small. If you are not accustomed to writing, composing an article that comprises of 2000 words is going to be one extremely difficult task for you.

Instead of punishing yourself severely, you could start off by writing short articles (Preferably ones that are around 500 words or less).

And, every two weeks, you can gradually increase your word count (Now, I would like to state for the record, that I am in no way hinting that you should only strive for producing long-form content because that would be ridiculous. The sole purpose of this exercise is to become comfortable with writing any number of words).

Also, you can implement some sort of deadline for your writing project; for example, you can do everything within your power to complete an article in no more than two hours’ time.

And, why is it that this time constraint is important?

It is important because you do not have all the time in the world to write a single article.

Realistically speaking, you will need to manage your time well because:

  • You have chores to do.
  • You have a job to attend to.
  • You have places to go to.
  • You have friends, family, relatives or associates that you would like to meet.

So, if you can finish an article within a certain time frame, you can carry on with the other aspects of your life.

Setting personal writing goals is a great way to become an effective and more time-efficient writer.

7.) Be Determined To Finish Any Writing Project That You Started

Do you have unfinished drafts?

If your answer happens to be, “Yes,” you should finish those drafts of yours and turn them into well-polished blog posts (It will grant you the opportunity to engage yourself in more writing).

Your time and effort would be wasted if you started a blog post without ever finishing it.

Besides, it is always a good practice to finish whatever it is that you started.

Are you going to make it a habit of yours of finishing any writing project that you started?

Final Thoughts

Any person with a well-disciplined mindset can develop the habit of writing and it can be done by doing the following things on a regular basis:

  • By being an avid reader.
  • By putting aside a certain time period for the sole purpose of brainstorming topics that you would like to write about.
  • By eliminating all of your distractions.
  • By making up your mind to write today.
  • By making writing a priority of yours.
  • By setting personal writing goals.
  • By being determined to finish any writing project that you started.

So, go right ahead and give writing your best shot.

In the near future, you will become a lean, mean writing machine!

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104 thoughts on “7 Tips To Develop The Habit Of Writing

  1. As a budding blogger, this is such a helpful post, especially setting a time limit and starting out as if you are writing for yourself. Thank you for sharing this advice!

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  2. Start writing is what I usually suggest. And when people tell me that they have no clue how to start, I usually ask “How do you start a conversation with your friends? Do you need to plan that?”. No, people don’t. Writing isn’t much different than telling someone else words. The one is just verbally, the other type of telling stories is the same but written.

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  3. When it comes to writing my reviews, I tend to find the most difficult parts to be beginning them and ending them. I find it’s easy to develop writer’s block when you have nothing but a blank page, and sticking the landing is a skill one needs to actively develop.

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      1. Then again, writing the introduction to game reviews tends to be a little more time consuming because I like to get into a brief history of its development. With films, I instead begin by giving a short synopsis. Either way, once I get enough momentum, I see it through to the end.

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          1. Yeah, that’s certainly what I’ve found. I think it’s because with longer articles, you tend to know what you’re doing for a greater period of time whereas with shorter ones, it’s easy to bumble around for the entire process.

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  4. I like good old pen and paper too.
    I write my drafts in basic form, then I either write it out in full on paper before typing up on WordPress, or I go straight to WordPress to type it up, before scheduling it, or publishing straight away, depending on the post.

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  5. I get so many writing ideas from the comments I get left on my blog posts or on those of other bloggers. Only yesterday, somebody left me a comment that sparked off an idea for a blog post. It goes to prove that ideas for writing can be found just about anywhere, so you need never stare at a blank screen. However, don’t force yourself to write if you’re not in the right frame of mind for writing.

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  6. So true on just writing and not putting it off. I have started a post but stop and had to go back and finish it. Like my latest post. You never know how truly distracted you could get and forget return. When doing poetry are music, love to have music playing in my ears. Good post as always. Thank for sharing. God Bless

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  7. Amazing ! These are some very true tips to develope a habit of writing.

    I would also like to add my personal tip :

    It is actually to avoid getting stuck into “Writer’s block”.

    I’m sure every one of us (Blogger) have experienced a situation when you can write easily & can go on. So in that situation we can write as much we can at that situation so it will save us from situation of writer’s block in future.

    😉

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  8. Thanks once again for your advice and encouragement, and yes…I do have drafts that I need to finish, I do have ideas for other post, but right now other chores and duties seems to be getting in the way, plus I also love to have my photos with my post and they also take up a lot of time. I’m still enjoying the journey though. Blessings!!

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  9. Ahhh, your posts are topnotch as always, Renard! (And thanks for the shout-out)

    This month, I tried to write my posts digitally like you guys. I wrote my posts with Google Keep, edited them there, then posted on WordPress. It felt weird at first, but it saved me the time and stress of writing (typing) twice. Hmm, this gives me a blog post idea!

    TBH, I’ve been considering setting a writing goal. I think it’ll help a lot with my consistency. I’ll give it a try these coming weeks.

    Thanks for the helpful advice, Renard!

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    1. 🙂 Wow! You got out of your comfort zone by using Google Keep!

      Putting your blog posts together digitally is a timesaver.

      I would also like to wish you all the best on your upcoming writing goals.

      And, you are most welcome, Obinna!

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  10. I always say, “A writer is first a reader.” Writers read books, movies, news, conversations, expressions, and other things one can’t imagine to read!

    I once made a post I titled “Timetable” Renard you made a great post here and setting aside a comfortable time for writing is a great point.

    Eliminating distractions when writing is the real tip, one might know the topic and what to write, but concentration is just as important, in order to put the right words together.
    I write with a notepad on my phone; it’s an app my phone came with. I could write anything on it and have it saved there, then I copy and paste on my WordPress when I’m ready.

    “Start writing ” when brilliant thoughts run through my head while I’m sleeping or busy with chores, my mind says, “Start writing” then I pick my phone and write and save on my notepad. I give such articles a day before editing and publishing.

    I know this has made a very long comment, but I have this last point:
    Finishing an already existing topic is very important, in order to open up a space in one’s mind for a new one.

    A wonderful collection Renard!!

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    1. 🙂 Chinelo, I enjoy reading long comments. So, there is no need for you to apologize.

      Back in the days when I blogged mostly on my smartphone, I also used the notepad feature to compose the draft-copy for my blog posts and when I was finished with them, I would copy them from there and post them into my WordPress editor.

      And, I am in full agreement about what you said about being a writer.

      Thank you so kindly for reading and commenting!

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      1. My pleasure – although despite me actually reblogging it Renard, it’s not visible, l have reblogged three posts, 2 of yours and 1 of Afzals and none of them are actually showing up on my blog?

        I have no idea where they are … 😦

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  11. Good tips, thanks 🙂 I see it’s briefly mentioned in tip #5, but how about focusing a bit more on to the habit of writing consistently every day? I’m a big believer in consistency and have it to thank for most of the good things in my life.

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  12. #s 1, 4, 5 and 6 work for me – but I disagree with #7. As you get to be a ‘better’ writer and become more able to distinguish what is good and what is not, discarding something you have written is, I believe, a sign of strength. More than once I have ‘thrown away’ 20,00-30,000 words of a novel that simply wasn’t working – so why waste time on it when you could be producing something more worthwhile?

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    1. 🙂 Ian, you point is valid where number seven is concerned. However, I would like to point out that some writers would fine-tune their manuscipt by doing an entire re-write.

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