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How To Write Every Day

If you’ve ever wondered how to write every day effortlessly, here’s a powerful technique that involves integrating writing into existing habits. This is called habit stacking.

In the fast-paced world of writing, establishing a daily writing routine can be a game-changer.

As a professional script consultant, I often recommend the writers I work with transform their consistency through this excellent method. 

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The Power of Habit Stacking

Habit stacking leverages the strength of established routines to seamlessly incorporate new habits by using pre-existing neural pathways in your brain.

Consider your morning ritual of making coffee or tea—a task that’s been ingrained in your daily life.

By linking your writing time to this routine, you can tap into the brain’s neural pathways solidified through repetition.

Integrating Writing Into Your Routine With Habit Stacking

Let’s say you make a cup of coffee every morning. Most people do.

Whilst you drink that cup of coffee, commit yourself to doing nothing other than writing for that time. It may only be 10 minutes. 

This commitment of 10 minutes is manageable enough for you to start. Of course, you won’t get much writing done, but the point of habit stacking is to begin associating established routines with your writing practice.

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How To Write Every Day Through Habit Stacking And Gradual Progression

After you’ve committed to writing 10 – 15 minutes each morning when you’re drinking your cup of coffee, you can start to progress.

Start small to begin with. As the week continues, gradually increase your writing time. After a week, push your writing time to extend 15 minutes beyond the coffee ritual.

Two weeks later, consider expanding the total writing time to an hour or more. This gradual progression allows you to build a sustainable writing habit without overwhelming yourself.

This gradual progression allows you to build a sustainable writing habit without overwhelming yourself.

Harnessing Established Habits

The brilliance of habit stacking lies in leveraging habits you’ve already formed.

Creating new habits can be challenging, and their consistency often falters. However, by piggybacking on routines already established in your daily life, you make the process smoother and more sustainable.

By merging your writing time with existing habits, you create a powerful association that propels your consistency.

With habit stacking, learning how to write every day can become a natural part of your daily rhythm.

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Nick Fore Script Doctor / Script Consultant

Nick Fore is an experienced script consultant who reads screenplays for the British Film Institute.

He has written comprehensive coverage on over 1,000 scripts and has helped screenwriters get their work into development with production companies such as Imagine Entertainment and Screen Ireland. 

Browse Nick’s services to discover how he can help you with your screenplay.

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