I get a ton of newsletters and articles delivered to my email every day. A recent one had to do with the connection between habits, behavior and success. The article suggested that habits determine behavior – and behavior, in turn, determines the outcome.
Okay, I can buy that.
So I thought about my writing life. What kind of habits do I have with regards to writing? What behaviors do these produce? Are these behaviors likely to lead to success?
Deep questions for the beginnings of summer!
Well, my writerly habits include the following:
- Writing most days (I can’t say EVERY day, cuz yeah – I don’t do that)
- Blogging or doing something to build platform most days
- Editing, revising, or otherwise working on the craft of writing most days
- Reading – both books in my genre and books outside of my genre – most days
These are great habits. They drive me to continue working towards my goals. They keep me on track. Sure, they can be improved – everything can. But they are a great place to start.
Perhaps the most important habit is one I cultivated early on in my writing career…
Now, I am NOT very good at the patience thing yet, but thankfully my writerly BFFs help keep me focused on that
What are your writerly habits? Do they help or hurt your success?