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Creative Writing: How to Start a Writing Habit

teacher avatar Whitney Strong, Get Creative. Feel Better. Have Fun.

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction: Writing Habits and Writer's Notebooks


    • 2.

      What You Get Out of Writing


    • 3.

      When is the Best Time to Write?


    • 4.

      Creating a New Habit


    • 5.

      The Pomodoro Technique


    • 6.

      Inspiration Pushes Your Writing To A Higher Level


    • 7.

      Conclusion: Move Forward with Your New Habit


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About This Class

There are many reason why you may want to start a writer's notebook and start writing more regularly. Whether you want to write more for work, your blog, or to tap into your creativity, keeping a writer's notebook can help keep you accountable and tap into your creativity better. Through this class, you'll learn tips, tricks, and psychology hacks to start writing regularly. 

You will:

-Determine why you want to write and how to make it happen

-Use tips and tricks to create a new habit effectively

-Start your first writer’s notebook 

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1. Introduction: Writing Habits and Writer's Notebooks: Hi, My name is Whitney strong, and today we're going to learn about writing habits and how you can cultivate your own writing habits. Using a writer's journal this classes for anyone who just wants to write mawr in order to get better. So whether you need to write for work, you're a blogger or you love creative writing and you want to spend more time with your pieces. This classes for you. I'm a current marketing freelance writer, but I've spent a lot of time writing creative pieces as well. I was an English major in college, and then I went and got an M F A and creative writing. And then I went into marketing and advertising, and that's where I am now. But I still spend time doing creative pieces, and I've found that using Writer's notebook is key to my own habits. So our project for this class will be starting your own writers, no book and then actually starting a few pieces to get you well on your way. So if that sounds like what you're interested in, buckle up, grab a notebook and let's get going 2. What You Get Out of Writing: So what do we get out of a writing habit? For me? The thing that brings me back to writing again and again is that clarity of mind that comes from getting out what's in my head onto the page. That catharsis can be really addicting. But let's not ignore money, which we all know makes the world go around. I think that being a better writer, a stronger writer can help you get promotions at work. Because I, for example, have never had a manager who couldn't seem professional in an email. And no company wants a manager who is a liability when it comes to writing emails that just scare people off. Also, if you work for yourself, there's the opportunity of getting more money through good writing. If you have your own business, being able to write good copy that sells is key to making more money. And even if you're a blogger who hasn't monetized yet, connecting with people is a great way to to gather those fans and writing well and connecting with them through your writing and how you express yourself is huge. Now I like to write regularly in a notebook because I'm a little old fashioned, but also I've had problems with putting notes into my phone and then I forget about them or I go to write in my phone. And then I get distracted by social media and it just becomes a little bit more of a hassle for me. Plus, the battery dies, and that's just no good. I also like a no book because it's a physical reminder of what I do. It's it's kind of this little badge, right having my notebook signals to me and other people. I'm a writer and I have thoughts, right? So I use a physical notebook also. Teoh, get out some of that energy. Some writers think that physically moving your body in a different way other than typing, I guess is, is just a better energy transfer. I don't know if you believe in that, but if you do, it could work. So our goal for this section is to set a timer for 10 to 15 minutes, nothing huge and think really hard about why you want to write consistently. What is it about being a better writer? A more consistent writer? That sounds like something you want to do so take some time to think about it, and then put that down into your writers journal. So when you're not feeling inspired or you don't want to write, you can go back and see. Oh, that's why this is so important to me. 3. When is the Best Time to Write?: finding the best time to write is actually really important when you're being creative, and I think all writing is creative. Whether you write better in the mornings before other things kind of pile on or after a long walk is important to take note off. Also, you may write really well at home, or maybe you find it too distracting, and you need to go out and find a coffee shop or a park to write in whatever works for you . Try and identify that and go with that. This is because making habit requires consistency and you're going to be more successful if you're succeeding. If that makes sense, if you're writing well and you're feeling inspired, you're going to keep writing. So our next goal is to write one or two pages about where you'll right and when you're right, try to incorporate mood into this piece, like how you'll feel while sitting there or standing there or lying there. Maybe you lie on your stomach can on a picnic blanket right in a park, but incorporate mood and how you'll feel and how you do feel while writing just to really drive home. Why that's going work for you 4. Creating a New Habit: tapping into psychology is pretty important when it comes to creating a new habit. So I'm going to quickly go over the eight steps to creating a new habit even more effectively. One Onley choose to change one habit at a time. This sounds really counterintuitive, especially when it comes to New Year's resolutions. But creating only one habit at a time gives you better chances of success. So don't overwhelm yourself to give yourself 30 to 60 days to really dive into that habit. This is when your habit is new and you're going to give yourself a little bit more brainpower to making that Have it stick. Three. Tie your new habit to a current habit. So, for example, if you want to write every day after you brush your teeth, identify that and you could even go so far as putting your no book by your toothbrush. So after you've brushed your teeth, you know exactly what you're doing next. Four small winds Don't be yourself up If you don't do exactly what you want to do every day , celebrate those small spurts of writing that really helps solidify your habit in the long run. Five. Plan for obstacles there days when we're all stressed, tired and just don't want to write or do anything out of the necessity. But planning ahead for those obstacles can help you keep that habit. So, for example, if you know their days where you sleep in too much and you don't want to write, just let yourself right down a quote or something inspirational. Instead of spending the full time that you were originally planned for six, keep yourself accountable so there are a few ways you can do this. You can have other people keep you accountable, or you can just find ways to keep yourself accountable. Whichever one works for you is fine. So have other people keep you accountable? You could post on social media or just tell people what you want to do. Hey, I want to write every day. Will you ask me about it sometime? If you don't want to share your habit, that's totally fine, too. You could keep a calendar, for example, and every day you right? Just put a big Red X on that day. That's what Jerry Seinfeld didn't. I think he really kind of started to enjoy seeing those days. Lineup those full months of excess. Seven. Reward yourself. Don't be afraid to make this a positive thing. Sometimes we can be really serious and beat ourselves up. But give yourself rewards for doing what you want to do. So once you write for a week, for example, go out and get yourself a new notebook or a new pen or something like that. Keep it fun. Eight. Change your identity and I don't mean legally, but thinking of yourself in a different way can help you solidify that habit. So, for example, I am a writer. I'm a person who writes every day that can really help drive home that have it. Our goal for this section is to identify a few things and put them in your journal. Identify a habit to tie your writing habit to plan for small winds, plan for obstacles and then also think about how you're going to keep yourself accountable . 5. The Pomodoro Technique: If you're feeling a little overwhelmed, take a deep breath. I have a technique that has worked really well for me and hopefully will work for you. The Pomodoro technique is easy to grow, quantify and track, which can be really helpful when it comes to something like writing. A Pomodoro is essentially 25 minutes of uninterrupted work. So even though I use this for writing, you can use it for anything. After that 25 minutes of uninterrupted work you get a five minute break so you can go get some tea. You can use the restroom. You can scroll your phone. Do what everyone. The nice thing about the Pomodoro technique is if, after 25 minutes you've gotten what you need to get done done, then that's all you need to do. If you need 25 more minutes, set your timer and dive in. It's nice to not look at it as this huge chunk of time that you need to fill sitting down in a desk and knowing you have to be there for two hours can be a little overwhelming and a little stressful. So your goal for this section is to try one Pomodoro. So set your timer for 25 minutes and write about something that you love to do. If you feel like you need more time, take that five minute break and then set your timer for another 25 minutes. 6. Inspiration Pushes Your Writing To A Higher Level: inspiration is huge, and nothing will help you write better or more often than being in feeling inspired. So, for example, if you love to write about food or travel or animals, take that into consideration. Lean that way if you have to write for work, incorporating those things can also help your writing feel more like you. I like to include inspiration in my notebooks, so I have quotes from novels that I like inspirational quotes. And sometimes I'll even doodle if I think I've seen something interesting that I want to write about later. In essence, I guess what I'm saying is, Don't afraid to draw or be messy. This notebook is just for you. It's not an instagram herbal bullet journal that you need to show the world. Our goal for this section is to identify something that inspires you and put it in your notebook. It could be a painting, a quote, anything you want 7. Conclusion: Move Forward with Your New Habit: I hope this class is encouraged you to start a writing notebook and to move forward with your riding habit. I know reading consistently has transformed my personal life as well as my work life, and now you have everything to make that happen for yourself. You have a notebook and you have multiple pieces that encourage and inspire you when maybe you're not feeling so encouraged or inspired to write below. Leave an excerpt or a photo of your notebook so I can take a look and give feedback. And in fact, don't be shy. I love the feeling of writing as a community, so feel free to give feedback on other people's pieces as well. You might find a writing partner who helps give feedback for the rest of your life, which is an amazing thing to have to learn more. Click Follow me and follow me on social media, and I'll alert you when I have more classes up. I can't wait to teach more and learn more with you