The Power of a Writing Habit: 8 Tips and Tricks to Get Started

Developing a writing habit can be a game-changer for anyone looking to improve their writing skills. Writing is an essential skill that can help you express your thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly and concisely. It’s also a great way to organise your thoughts and communicate with others. Whether you're a professional writer or just starting out, consistent practice is vital to honing your craft. But why is it so important to develop a writing habit? In this guide, we'll explore the benefits of a writing habit for both personal and professional development and provide tips for establishing one that works for you.


1. Developing Writing Skills

One of the most obvious benefits of developing a writing habit is that it helps you hone your writing skills. Writing regularly allows you to practice your craft and become more proficient in expressing yourself through words. You can also learn how to structure your sentences better, use more descriptive language, and improve your grammar. As you continue to write, you’ll be able to create more compelling stories or arguments that will be easier for your readers to understand.


2. Organising Thoughts

Writing regularly can also help you organise your thoughts more effectively. Writing down your ideas allows you to sort through them and prioritise which ones are most important or relevant to your current writing project. This makes it easier for you to make decisions or come up with solutions since you’ll have all the necessary information laid out in front of you. Additionally, having a writing habit helps you keep track of any progress that you make on projects or goals since you can easily refer back to what you wrote down earlier.


3. Boosting Creativity

Having a regular writing habit can help boost creativity by giving you an outlet for exploring new ideas or concepts without worrying about judgment from others. When you write down your thoughts without fear of criticism, it allows you to think outside the box and come up with unique solutions that may not have occurred otherwise. Additionally, having a regular writing habit encourages creative thinking by allowing you time each day or week dedicated solely towards brainstorming new ideas or exploring different perspectives on topics that interest you. Whether it’s something to work into your current book or a future one, it’s not possible to have too many ideas. By writing them down you ensure they are not forgotten about. 


A regular writing habit encourages creative thinking by allowing you time dedicated solely towards brainstorming or exploring different perspectives.


4. Set a writing goal and schedule

One of the most important steps in developing a writing habit is setting a goal and schedule for yourself. This could be a daily or weekly word count, a certain amount of time spent writing each day or week, or a specific project deadline. Whatever your goal may be, make sure it's realistic and achievable. Then, create a schedule that works for you and stick to it. Consistency is key when it comes to developing a writing habit. As well as setting your schedule, it’s handy to have an accountability buddy who will help ensure you stick to your planned schedule. While I was writing Becoming the GOAT*, I used an accountability buddy. I had to check in each week with my word count. If I hadn’t made it I had to pay £5. I kept my end of the deal every week. 


Set realistic and achievable goals, and be consistent in achieving them.


5. Create a designated writing space

Having a designated writing space can help you get into the right mindset for writing and minimise distractions. This could be a separate room in your home, a corner of your bedroom, or even just a specific desk or table. Make sure your writing space is comfortable and conducive to creativity, with good lighting and minimal clutter. It often helps to have a separate space from where you complete admin tasks, even if it’s your local coffee shop. When you sit down in your designated writing space, your brain will start to associate that area with writing, making it easier to get into the writing mindset.


Having a designated writing space can help you get into the right mindset for writing.


6. Eliminate distractions

One of the biggest obstacles to developing a consistent writing habit is distractions. Whether it's social media notifications, household chores, or other responsibilities, distractions can quickly derail your writing progress. To eliminate distractions, try turning off your phone or putting it on silent, closing unnecessary tabs on your computer, and setting specific times for household tasks and other responsibilities. You can also try using noise-cancelling headphones or playing background music to help you focus. By eliminating distractions, you'll be able to focus more fully on your writing and develop a more consistent writing habit.


Having a designated writing space can help you get into the right mindset for writing.


7. Use prompts or exercises to get started

Sometimes the hardest part of writing is simply getting started. If you're struggling to come up with ideas or find inspiration, try using prompts or exercises to jumpstart your creativity. There are many resources available online, such as writing prompt generators or creative writing exercises. I recently shared a post about using AI as a tool to generate ideas and overcome writer’s block. You can also try setting a timer for a short period of time, such as 10 or 15 minutes, and writing whatever comes to mind during that time. The goal is to get your creative juices flowing and start building momentum with your writing habit. I’m sure that after those first 10 or 15 minutes you’ll be in the zone and want to write for longer.


8. Don't be too hard on yourself and celebrate small victories

Developing a writing habit takes time and effort, so it's important to be patient with yourself and celebrate small victories along the way. Maybe you wrote for 10 minutes longer than usual, or you finally finished that difficult paragraph you've been struggling with. Whatever it is, take a moment to acknowledge your progress and give yourself a pat on the back (or treat yourself to a chocolate bar! That can’t just be me, right?). This positive reinforcement can help motivate you to continue building your writing habit and improve your skills over time.


Take a moment to acknowledge your progress and give yourself a treat.


In conclusion, developing a regular writing habit has numerous benefits both personally and professionally such as improving communication skills, organising thoughts more effectively, honing writing skills, and boosting creativity. So if you want to take your personal growth or career development further, then consider making time each day or week dedicated to developing your writing habit!


If you’re looking for accountability and support to develop an effective writing habit then come and join like-minded authors on the Aspiring Author’s Programme.