The power of habit

If you want to write consistently on a regular and frequent basis, you don’t have to use technology at all.

Lock yourself away! Photo by Paulo Marcel Coelho Aragão http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcelpaulo/True, it can help. I, for example, like to give myself a bit of extra pressure by trying to write articles in half an hour or less, using TimeLeft. I wrote about that in How to write an article in 30 minutes or less. Some people prefer a no-frills wordprocessor such as FocusWriter (see my Review of FocusWriter).

However, I was reminded by Stephen King in his book On Writing that the routine of shutting yourself away until you’ve achieved your daily writing goal is an excellent strategy.

I discovered this a long time ago when I was studying for my ‘A’ Levels (a qualification taken by some English students, usually at 18). I decided to lock myself in my room for about three hours at the same time every evening. I stayed there even if all I managed to achieve was staring out of the window. I did it because I had this crazy notion that if I could acclimatise my body and mind to always being in my room, surrounded by my revision notes and books, at the same time every day, eventually I would start to study and revise out of habit – or sheer boredom!

I can tell you, it definitely works.

Writing is the best thing to do, but putting yourself in a situation where writing is almost inevitable is important too!