Build Good Writing Habits

by Gabriela Pereira
published in Writing

To celebrate the upcoming DIY MFA event, Lit Loft 2013, my team and I have put together a series of videos designed to help you write more, write better, write smarter.

If you’re on the DIY MFA list, you’ve already gotten a sneak peek but now we’re sharing these videos with the world. We hope you enjoy this video series, and that it inspires you and helps give your writing a boost.

Video 1: Develop Effective Writing Habits

Today’s video is all about building writing habits. Every serious writer knows that you can’t just write when you’re inspired, you have to make a habit of it. This means training your brain to get inspired on command and learning to get in that right head-space quickly so that when you do have time to work you don’t let it slip away.

In this video you’ll learn six simple steps to developing effective writing habits. Use the acronym HABITS to create writing practices that will help you make the most of your time and energy. Here’s a quick summary of the six steps.

  • Honor Your Reality
  • Add Constraints
  • Block Time and Batch Tasks
  • Iterate
  • Ten Percent Rule
  • Set The Mood

With these six steps, you’ll be able to train your brain to get “in the zone” quickly so you can make the most of your writing time. More importantly, these steps will help you balance your writing life and your real life so that you can have both. Watch the video below for more details.

Now we want to hear from you.

In the comments, tell us a little about your writing habits. Do you have any tips or techniques that help you get in the writing frame of mind? What tools do you use to stay motivated and on task? Please share them below!

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