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The Habit of Writing Daily
You may have heard that to be an accomplished writer, you must write daily, no matter how little.
Because you are a writer.
Medical doctors. Teachers. Traders. Broadcasters. Stockbrokers. You name the profession: they all do their work daily except maybe when they are on vacation or some sort of emergency occurs.
Even if writing is a part time job for you, you must still try to write daily.
In Ecclesiastes 9:10, the Bible teaches us to be committed and diligent.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. (NIV)
What happens when you do something every day?
- *You learn what to avoid to do it right.
- *You discover the best ways to do it well.
- *You improve on it and eventually become an expert.
- *You are known for it.
- *It becomes a habit.
And this last point is what I want to talk more about: The Writing Habit.
A habit evolves from an action or pattern of behavior that is repeated so often it becomes typical of you, though you may be unaware of it.
Whatever has become your habit forms your character. Your character is who you are. When writing becomes a habit, all you want to do is write. Like a man hooked on drugs, you must have that fix and do all the crazy things writers do.
Here are a few crazy things I do.
- *I sit at my desk writing for hours, too hooked to cook, eat, or do anything else.
- *I’m sitting there, staring at anything or nothing, but what I’m actually doing is hearing my characters talk to themselves in my head.
- *Sometimes, I nod my head when you talk to me but I’m probably writing a script in my mind. If by any chance I’m listening, it’s because I think there is a good story or article idea in what you are saying.
- *I go to sleep late and wake up early because I have to write. It’s like a need to purge myself of some thoughts, and until I put them all down, I can’t let out that sigh of accomplishment.
- *There are seasons when I’m almost a recluse because I’m writing. I lay on my bed, sleepless some nights, thinking of how to write what I need to write.
Can you relate?
When you do something regularly, it becomes so much a part of you that you automatically do it. Some psychologists describe habits as learned or conditioned behavior over which one has little voluntary control. That is why it is important to cultivate only good and productive habits. Destructive ones, when set in motion, can take over until they lead to ruin.
Thankfully, writing is a positive and fruitful habit. I always say writing is sacred. It is a habit everyone should develop and much more if you want to be rightly called a writer.
What’s more? There is always a reward for commitment and diligence.
Do you see a man diligent and skillful in his business? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men. Proverbs 22:29 (AMP)
Isn’t this our aspiration?
Grace is a Writer, Editor and Proofreader. She is married to a pastor and together they teach God’s word. She also teaches Writing Classes and motivates young writers to write and publish their works. Her passion is to empower people through knowledge sharing. She is the initiator of the Christian WAR Forum in Nigeria, a fellowship of Christian writers and readers.