I get asked regularly just how MUCH do I write? For those people who don’t self-identify as authors (or who are still dreaming) I know that the sheer volume of words in a book can seem daunting. But that question really made me stop to think about how much writing I do every week:
- Article for the blog
- Introduction for the newsletter
- Emails to clients
- Facebook posts
- Business journal entries
- Emails to friends and family
- Working on my own book projects (at least three afternoons a week)
- Editing and writing for clients
- Copywriting for clients
- And of course: lists for EVERYTHING
(I really live by making lists so I count that as writing!)
What really surprised the asker was my consistency in writing my weekly article and sending out the weekly newsletter. I’m pushing three years without missing a single week. So the follow up question was:
Kim, how long did it take you to create good habits for yourself that keep you on track?
It took all I had not to answer: about fifteen seconds.
See, it really DID take about fifteen seconds to develop my “habit” for my weekly article and weekly newsletter. But I know that isn’t the answer the group (or you) are looking for! Of the five tips I’m going to share, I really do think #1 is the most important!
Five Ways To Develop Consistency In Your Writing
1. Decide it matters
In August 2013 I DECIDED that I was going to post a weekly article and mail out a weekly newsletter. I’d played with posting regularly and, if I’m super honest, had never emailed my list consistently. I don’t even remember my thought process or why I decided that I would write weekly and email weekly.
And you know what, it doesn’t matter. What matters is I drew the line and said: From this moment forward I’ll be consistent. I won’t allow ANYTHING to get in my way.
But here you have to be brutally honest with yourself. If you wanted to write a business article weekly and you sit down to discover you have no Internet at the moment, what do you do?
Can’t get to the computer? Grab a pen and paper and write anyway. No pen? Get a crayon! No paper? Type a note on your smartphone.