Every time I fly, I exit security and B-line it for the first newspaper stand I can find. I know exactly what I’m looking for and fully trust it will be there. From the bottom of the pile (to ensure the issue is extra crisp and not flipped through), I grab that month’s Vogue.
I’ve done this for years. There is something about the tradition and the consistency of the publication that is so comforting. I love knowing there will always be a new issue waiting for me. I know exactly what to expect.
God forbid if on my next trip I saw that Vogue hadn’t published that month, or it wasn’t there at all, I would be disappointed. I would wonder what was going on, I’d assume all kinds of stories about what was happening behind the scenes. I’d remember the inconsistency each time I saw an issue in the future.
The same idea applies for your blog. Consistency builds trust and momentum. And, the key to making this happen is you need to develop and commit to a regular writing habit.
There were times when I didn’t publish regularly and I definitely noticed a difference in engagement between the times when I was consistent and the times when I wasn’t. It took myself, and my audience, a few weeks to get back in the swing of things.
This experience reinforced the importance of consistency and having a strong writing habit that keeps you creating content to use in the present and to also use in the future. (This reserve will be your best friend when things come up or you can’t post because of vacations, mai-tai’s, or your day job asking the world of you.)
Find a Routine That’s Individual to You
Because we all have different paces, times, and rhythms that work best for us, your creative process is going to look and feel differently than someone else’s.
Becoming aware of how you work best, and putting some strategies in place to make sure a writing habit sticks, will serve you and your readers.
You’ll create better work, you’ll come up with more ideas, and you’ll move through the ideas that needed composting to get to your next big one.
For some inspiration, I’ve included 11 of my favorite articles on writing consistently and making a habit out of writing. These articles are full of actionables, whys and ideas you can implement today. Take a look, let your gears turn, and grab your worksheets.
2) How to Start Writing When You Won’t Start Writing ~ The Write Practice
This article by Marianne Richmond, on the Write Practice, lays out practical and out of the box ideas to starting a writing practice. When the “just start” advice doesn’t work for you, implement some of Marianne’s ideas. I love #4.“Once I get going, my mind connects to the process & the story evolves.” @M_Richmond21 @write_practiceClick To Tweet
3) Why You Should Write Daily ~ Zen Habits
Not only does Leo give you mindful and smart advice about writing daily, but he also outlines the benefits of doing so.
5) The Truth About Focus (& What it Means for Your Art) ~ For the Creators
Michaela shares the truth of what happens when your creative focus drifts and how to get back on track.“Your work needs your focus. Because the moment it slips, so does everything else.” @forthecreatorsClick To Tweet
6) How To Move Past A Creative Block ~ The Nectar Collective
This is a fabulous post on the Nectar Collective by Christy O’Shoney. She talks about ways to get out of creative blocks, how to write regularly and why doing so benefits you and your writing during times of stuckness.“Inspiration...lives outside of the artist, & it comes to us at random.” @christyoshoney @nectarcollectiveClick To Tweet
7) Exercising Your Writing Muscles ~ The Kinetic Pen
I love this short and powerful post by Robin L. Flanigan. She breaks down why you must write regularly and what happens when you don’t.“It doesn’t matter what I write, as long as I write.” @thekineticpenClick To Tweet
Bottom line: Words are what keep your blog and business afloat.
And, a sustainable writing habit will be your favorite flotation device that keeps you cruising and enjoying the ride.
Over to You: