I get lots of questions about developing a writing process. Specifically, do you have to write every day?
Usually I respond with something like—it’s easier when you do.
Many people have been credited with this quote, from Franz Liszt who said it in 1894, onwards:
“If I miss one day’s practice, I notice it. If I miss two days’ practice, the critics notice it. If I miss three days’ practice, the public notices it.”
Your writing process
“Here’s a secret: the only reason I can write every day, is because I write every day.”
I didn’t start out like that, of course. In my first few years of writing I procrastinated woefully. From memory, it took around ten years for writing to become a habit.
Do your prep: are you ready to write?
Sometimes you can open your computer and start writing. Usually, you need to do some prep on a project first. Prep makes writing easier; you’ll write more in less time.
No chef starts cooking without his mise en place. All his ingredients for a dish are prepared and set out, ready for him to use when he turns on the stove.
Big tip: be patient with yourself. It takes time to build a writing process which works for you.
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Copywriter and marketing pro Angela Booth maintains a busy copywriting and ghostwriting practice. Fascinated by online marketing, she wrote one of the first business books for internet marketing, published by Allen & Unwin. She’s been an enthusiastic blogger since the late 1990s.