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How to Get Into the Habit of Writing a Novel

Updated: Feb 20, 2020

Many people say, "I've always wanted to write a novel; I have so many ideas, but I have a hard time getting into the habit." What do I do?

Writing is not always easy. Despite your best intentions, it can be hard to find the discipline to sit down at the computer and start typing. So what is the secret? Simple. Start writing.


This may sound obvious, but it is the truth. Often people are hesitant to write because they feel like they can't put into words the thoughts that are buzzing around in their mind. Sure there are many things you can do to try to get into the mood, but often these rituals prevent you from actually doing the thing you want to do, which is to write.


The secret that most writers know is that the first thing you write is usually not the final product. A single sentence can be changed numerous times before it becomes the perfect line. The important thing to remember is to put your idea on paper.


Think of writing like a river. Over time water rushes over rocks, and as a result, the rocks become smooth. The stones, however, didn't start out polished, it takes time. But without the constant rushing water, they would never reach their polished state.


So how do you get into the habit? Commit yourself to writing; at least one to two sentences a day. Just start with that. It has been said it takes three months to form a habit. So for 90 days, at a specific time every day, type a few words. This gives the brain to rewire and build that mental strength. So give it a try.You'll be surprised that after a week or so, you will be writing a whole lot more than one to two sentences.

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