The 7 Habits of Serious Writers

Here’s a great post from Ali Luke on the 7 Habits of Serious Writers. She has some great advice for developing good writing habits that should serve anyone who foresees a lot of writing in their future.

Read the post for the full comments, but here are the 7 habits that she highlights.

  • Habit #1: Writing
  • Habit #2: Focus
  • Habit #3: Reading
  • Habit #4: Learning
  • Habit #5: Redrafting
  • Habit #6: Professionalism
  • Habit #7: Reflection

Without a doubt, my biggest struggle on the list is number 2. I’ve noticed on my last several trips that I get a lot more done when I’m on an airport than just about anywhere else. Why? No distractions. I’m too cheap to pay for the in-flight internet, and it’s not like I can get up and go anywhere. So, as long as I pack my briefcase properly and don’t include the kinds of things that are likely to draw my attention during the flight (i.e. the novel that I started the night before), I don’t really many options. It’s either be productive and get some work done, or stare listlessly out the window. Somehow I need to learn to replicate that distraction-free environment when I’m not flying. Or, I need to fly more. One of the two.

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on June 26, 2011, in Writing. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Great concept. Actually once I get over the uneasiness of the take off I like to settle back and work in the stillness of the plane. May be little harder to do though, in real life!

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