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.