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#TheWriteWay Post 4: Good Writing Habits

Hi everyone!


I've been away from the blog so long because I've been fighting bad anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and depression. I'm feeling a little better today, so I've returned. Don't worry -- I haven't forgotten about you!


In good news, I'm almost finished my mystery novel, ROOM WITH A VIEW! Can't wait to share my next project when I finish it.


Earlier this month, I shared the third post in my writing advice series, #TheWriteWay. I'm back today with the fourth edition all about good writing habits!


Lots of people ask me how I write a book in a month. I write every day, even when I don't feel like it (and trust me, that happens a lot.) How do I do it? How do I stay motivated?


It all comes down to habit.


People are creatures of habit -- or so they say. I believe this is true -- and writers are no different.


I write every morning. It's become so ingrained in my every day routine that it feels strange if I skip it. The morning is a perfect time -- I lose motivation as the day progresses, so I get all my writing finished in the morning.


I recommend picking a time that works for you. It doesn't matter when -- morning, afternoon, evening, or even late at night. It just has to feel right and be a time where you can get some uninterrupted work done.


Habit breeds results. It just feels natural when you do something over and over again, at the same time every day.


Tell me, when do you write? Do you have a habit or is it just spontaneous?


I find that when I was writing out of the blue years ago -- at random, different times -- I wasn't as focused. But when I wake up every morning, I know I'm going to be writing soon. When I sit down, I'm in the zone -- self-motivated -- and ready to start.


They say it takes 22 days of something repetitive to feel like a habit. Try it out and tell me what you think!


As always, thanks for reading. I'll see you again next month for two more editions of #TheWriteWay!


Sincerely,


Dana

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