Writing consistency – that is, the ability to write if not daily at least on a regular schedule – is a must for freelance writing success. (Yes, there are other types of consistency for writers which I’ll address at another time.)
Here I’m talking about setting up the habit of writing regularly. Done over time you’ll get to the place where you can trust yourself to get the writing done.
I’m reminded of what my father claimed was a typing exercise he learned when he learned to type, on a manual typewriter no less. It went like this:
The chains of habit are too small to be noticed until they are too strong to be broken.
No, no idea why this instead of the well known “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy white poodle.” I’ve always admired that sentence and the fox and the poodle because it uses every letter of the alphabet.
Once you create some chains of habit around your writing you’ll (usually) find it easier to write.
patterns are easier to repeat
1. Figure out a writing schedule you can keep
Setting up a writing schedule that you’ll keep, at least for several months, is probably the first step in creating writing consistency. It may take several tries before you find what actually works for you. Don’t worry if it seems odd or ‘unprofessional.’
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