4 ways to start a writing habit

Does the empty page give you anxiety? Here are some ways to develop a writing routine and avoid writers’ block.

“Forget about inspiration and get into the habit of writing every day. Habit has written far more books than inspiration has. If you want the Muse to visit you, she needs to know where you are: so stay at your desk.”

For PR Daily readers—who spend their working lives crafting messages for companies, clients, leaders, co-workers or employees—this advice is tough to take on. The last thing you want to do at the end of the day is work on your memoirs.

Yet, you can motivate yourself by creating writing habits. Whether you want to write every day, write to a word count or finish that screenplay, here are a few ways to get yourself in the habit of writing.

1. Enlist a friend.

Do you have a friend or colleague who can’t find time to write, either? Challenge each other with word count goals or first draft deadlines. Be accountable to each other. You could also agree to call each other if you get stuck or are feeling unmotivated.

2. Try a writing prompt or system.

Writing prompts can help you to think creatively and inspire you to write. There are writing prompt games, books, journals, calendars, flashcards and more.

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