Many discussions about building good writing habits involve the routine. For some people it’s as simple as sitting down in a particular spot with a hot cup of tea and a biscuit. For others it’s a whole ritual with music, mood lighting, scented candles and preceded by some light meditation. In my case the ritual is to pop open a new post window on WordPress and just start typing away.
I used to hate reading about rituals and routines. They sound dull! Really dull! Who wants to do the same thing over and over until they’re doing it on autopilot?
But I’ll be damned if they don’t work!
Every day I sit down and look at my screen wondering what I might write about, but once I open up the draft post page on WordPress, the real ideas start popping up. Even if I’ve written down a bunch of other ideas that I thought I would build on later, nuh-uh, the new ideas are taking over now.
So this is the thing, you really should be building up rituals and routines. It doesn’t even have to be that many steps, or in the same order. You just need a few small things that you always do before the good habit you want and bam, the connections start happening. As Barbara Oakley says in her brilliant course, Learning How To Learn, neurons that fire together, wire together.