If you want to write books, you can’t wait for inspiration. To get anywhere, you have to sit down and write, even on days when it feels like your writing sucks. I recommend creating habits that boost creativity.
Of course, inspiration can be a driving force. But in my experience, it’s when you sit down to write on a regular basis that the inspiration comes, not before. If I only wrote when I was inspired, I would never finish a rough draft. Many full-time writers treat writing as a regular job. They sit in front of the computer and write – every day.
7 habits that boost creativity
- Set small achievable goals, like writing a little every day, week or month.
- Join a writing group or go to a writing café regularly.
- Read books on writing.
- Write morning pages.
- Don’t compare yourself to others – be grateful for your own achievements.
- Go for a walk, without music in your ears, to clear your head.
- Try writing in different places: at home, in a café, in a park.
For me, the morning is sacred. I start each day by meditating for ten minutes, then I put on my makeup, have a cup of coffee and sit down to write my morning pages. After that, the working day begins. At the time of writing this, there is still a pandemic, so I mostly work from home. I work full-time and write in my spare time, which is why this morning routine is so important to me. It ensures that I have energy left after work. I don’t write every day, but rather every week. On Wednesdays, for example, I attend the Skrivcafé’s writing workshops. Other routines that support my creativity are exercise, audio books and reading. What routines support your creativity?