Many of us dream of being able to support ourselves on our writing alone. I have a 5-year goal to be able to quit my day job (if I like) and live off my writing income. That goal might be met sooner or it might be met later than 5 years. But the important thing is: I want to be a full-time writer. I want to be able to answer the question “What do you do for a living,” with “I’m a full-time writer.”
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If you treat your writing like you do your day-job, you’re going to be able to meet that goal a lot faster. Just because you’re feeling a little down in the creativity department, doesn’t mean you should just call in sick. And the more you write every day, the less ominous it gets when you sit down to produce your work. You will already know the motions that work because you’ve sat at your desk every day and produced something.
Keep in mind that you don’t always have to be working on your WIP. I count things like my website or marketing into my daily habit, because they all push me toward being a full-time writer one day. These days can also be spent character developing or plotting, just make sure you do something for your writing career every day!
So without further ado, here are my top 4 tips to building your own daily writing habit:
Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, discovering a time that works for you can be the key to sticking to a daily writing habit. But being a morning person in the general sense is a lot different that being a morning person in the creative sense. I like waking early and being able to get a lot of items crossed off my to-do list before noon. It makes me feel really productive and like I’ve accomplished a lot in a short period of time.
But I know that I can’t wake up early and produce something of quality right off the bat. During the workweek, I already wake up at 5:30 and there’s absolutely no way I’d be coherent enough to write at 4:30 in the morning.
Part of what makes that so easy to cross off my list is that I’ve found an alternate time to squeeze my writing in. For me, that’s the two to three hour gap I have between when I get home and when my boyfriend gets home. It’s just me, the dogs, and my writing. If you’ve already settled on a time to write during the day, and you’re just happy with your results (word count or productivity), then try something new! If you write in the morning, try writing in the evening or changing your writing location. Track your progress and see if you’re actually more productive at another time of day. Remember, i