This is the second in a set of posts by my friend and fellow Coffee House Writer, T.L. Hicks. You can read the full article here.
Start Writing Fiction: The Habit of Writing by T.L. Hicks
Now you know what fiction is and how to get started, we will now dive into the world of developing a habit of writing. Every writer has their unique ways of writing; neither way is the wrong way. You will, through trial and error, find the right way to develop your writing habit.
We all glare at the same blank page or the blank screen. We all have trouble coming up with the first few lines to kick off the writing flow. That is why using your journal is essential. Your journal is there for you to write down all ideas that pop up in your creative mind.
“I must write each day without fail, not so much for the success of the work, as in order not to get out of my routine.” – Leo Tolstoy.
Every writer has a writing ritual. My old writing ritual was writing weekly, for school. Short stories for college and articles for Coffee House Writers and Digital Fox Media. Now that I have finished college, I need to create a new writing ritual. It is still a work in progress, but I start my day around 8 am until 8 pm. My goal is to write something every day.
What Works For You?
When trying to figure your routine, you need to take time to think and ask yourself a few questions. You need to do what is best for you. You can try your favorite authors’ techniques or create one for yourself.
- When do you work best?
- Early morning
- Late afternoon
- Late night
- When do you do your best work? [Read More]