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How we begin something has a direct impact on the outcome. Think about it. When you wake up, and how you begin the day impacts what the rest of the day looks like. If I get up and immediately hurt myself, or something intrudes on my routine, that sets the tone for a bad day. When I was commuting, if I was up late, then I’d end up missing my bus, my train, and the result would be arriving at work late.

How we choose to begin anything will ultimately impact the outcome.

So as a new year dawns, it marks a great opportunity to begin again. Which in writing terms, means finally getting around to managing a daily writing habit.

Honestly, I’ve been a writer for over a decade and I still struggle with this. No matter how far we are on the writing journey, we all need support (you can tweet that).

So here’s 5 practical steps you can take today to build that writing habit – and an opportunity to get the support you need.

Firstly, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You don’t have to write 1000 words a day, and you don’t have to spend an hour each day writing. You can spend 5 minutes writing 100 words if you like. Just give yourself five minutes each day to write, and begin with that. It can make all the difference.

Second, find a regular space to write. We can train our brains to associate a specific space or place with a specific activity. So find a place where you can spend a little time writing each day and write there. It can be anywhere. I used to write on the train to work, using my phone, and that was my regular writing space. So it can be your bedroom, trip to work, lounge, desk, kitchen, a coffee shop, anywhere.

Third, find a regular time to write and commit to that time. We all work differently and have different schedules, so all of us will work best at different times. For me, around 10am is the best time to write, or possibly late at night. Yours may be totally different. So figure out what time works best for you, and commit to writing at that time each day.

Fourth, take a writing sabbath. Take a break from writing one day each week. I know this seems counter intuitive to getting a daily writing habit going, but it will actually benefit your habit. It will give you breathing space, one day each week, to lay it down, take the pressure of yourself, not worry about writing, and get healthy perspective. Then you can come back the next day with fresh eyes, and more clarity and motivation.

Fifth, get some accountability. We all work better in community. So having a group of people who can encourage you if you’re struggling, offer healthy feedback, and keep you accountable for your habit, can be crucial to maintaining a writing habit.

And it’s here I want to help you.

A Chance For FREE Accountability

I need this accountability and support as much as you, so want to invite you to join me in a daily writing challenge for 2017.

This will essentially be a group of people committed to writing 6 days a week through 2017. If you sign up, then in I’ll send out writing prompts on a particular theme the first week of each month and then for the rest of the month, weekly writing tips. The first one begins next Monday 9th January.

You’ll also get access to a writing community on Facebook to give you the accountability you need, and where you can interact with me and other writers. And there’ll be other opportunities for you to develop your writing gift and find your voice.

This is a great, free opportunity for you to get into a daily writing habit and find your voice in 2017, and I’d love you to be involved. So fill in the form below and sign up, and you’ll get an e-mail with more info and a couple of freebies to get you started.

Let’s make 2017 a year where we find our writing voice and get the writing habit we’ve always wanted. Come and join me on this journey today!

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James Prescott

Hi, I’m James. I live near London. I’m a fan of good food, comic-book movies, & books. I love to write, and I coach other writers & creative people. Thank you for being part of my community. read more...