A New Habit for a New Year

It’s New Year’s Eve and I’m ready to put 2012 to bed.

But before I do, I’ve got a proposition for you …

It’s not a “resolution” per se … but rather a habit I’d like you to create in 2013.

One that will have great impact on your ability to write well, and ultimately will make you more successful as a working writer.

What is it?

Writing every day.

Specifically, writing every day with the goal of becoming a better writer.

I know it’s not a new idea, and it’s advice you’ll hear time and time again from some of the most successful writers in the industry. But if you haven’t yet picked up the habit, I’d like for you to commit to doing it this year.

Because besides becoming a better writer, it can help you become a more profitable writer too …

  • The more you write, the faster you write …
  • The faster you write, the less time you spend on each project …
  • The less time you spend on each project, the more the value of your time increases …

Ultimately making you more effective and more profitable whenever you sit down to do work for a client.

Pretty good habit to pick up, right?

To be honest, I’ve had trouble doing it this past year, but I’m determined to be successful in 2013. And I hope you’ll do it with me … we can even keep each other accountable.

One thing I’ve learned is that it’s important to pick a time of day that you’re able to commit to on most days. You should also pick a daily goal — whether it’s number of words or duration of time — and don’t stop until you hit it.

We’re going to start tomorrow …

And I’m going to ask you to check in with me this week so you can be held accountable. (I’m also happy to continue doing it after this week too!)

If you’re going to try and write every day in 2013, post a comment here or on my FB page.

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Published: December 31, 2012

54 Responses to “A New Habit for a New Year”

  1. I'm in .. all in it seems in 2013 .. both COS membership and Web Intensive and Boot Camp .. exciting times .. Have a Joyous New Year Rebecca

    Bob IsbellDecember 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

  2. I said on Facebook that I was in for 1000 words a day. Then I promptly forgot about it except for a guilty twinge when I saw you posting about your progress. It's time to follow through on my intentions.

    Lena SeckmanDecember 31, 2012 at 4:43 pm

  3. Thank you, Rebecca for the new habit suggestion. It is one that I will gladly take into the new year (and beyond). Happy new year!

    LoraleiDecember 31, 2012 at 8:18 pm

  4. Even when you already have a strong habit, there are spells of time when the habit gives way to compulsions. It is the sheer will power which helps us get back on track. A little prodding by those who know the problem helps a lot. Thanks for the tip.

    AarkayDecember 31, 2012 at 8:31 pm

  5. I'm going to write everyday!!

    KimDecember 31, 2012 at 8:50 pm

  6. I once had a writing mentor who told me that if I only wrote one page of writing a day, that it would add up and I would have a completed work without being overwhelmed by the the idea of trying to tackle a large writing project all at once.

    Guest (Cathy)December 31, 2012 at 9:23 pm

  7. I will commit to write everyday until , I hit my mark and will not quit.

    Guest (april mangum)December 31, 2012 at 10:44 pm

  8. I don't make resolutions for the New Year. I prefer to spend this time reflecting on the past year. I pick out and keep the successes (I call them "gems") and assess my shortcomings to see what I can learn from them, and then I let them go.

    I do make resolutions, just throughout the year, and take action when they strike me. I have recently committed to writing every day, and I will commit to write every day in 2013. Looking forward to a year filled with learning and the joy of writing!

    AKCDecember 31, 2012 at 11:24 pm

  9. I have been remiss in writing often enough in 2012, but I am starting a new blog. I will write 3 posts per week, in addition to the resumes I write for pay. I will also work on my lyric writing business 2-4 days per week.

    I find that early rising is the easiest way to establish disciplined habits for writing, or anything else, for that matter. A great early morning routine can get the day off to a dynamite start.

    That's why it isn't midnight yet, and I'm off to bed....see ya next year!

    Guest (Johanna Anderson)December 31, 2012 at 11:26 pm

  10. Count me in Rebecca. I'm ready to go! Cheers!

    Jennifer RobinsonDecember 31, 2012 at 11:37 pm

  11. Rebecca, I'll give it a try! I'll write for 30 minutes each morning before 9:00. Thanks!

    Lesa ODecember 31, 2012 at 11:51 pm

  12. Yes, Rebecca, it is my goal to write something everyday, everyday, so that I may excel in this wonderful profession. I am striving to complete the course by the end of February. I have signed up to receive two emailing to create my seed swipe files.

    BaxterJanuary 1, 2013 at 12:01 am

  13. Last year I made an effort to write everyday except Sunday. This was a goal that I mostly accomplished. Some personnel matters kept my from fulfilling this but on the days I didn't write I did think about writing , mainly about what I had been working on and ways to improve it. I will again work on writing everyday this year except Sundays which I reserve for reading and relaxing and thinking on writing. Like last year my goal is 5000words a week

    Guest (Julie canfield)January 1, 2013 at 12:03 am

  14. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you Rebecca for advising to write everyday. It is good habit to inculcate and I believe it would help me to transform into a better writer.

    Guest (SumantaBiswas)January 1, 2013 at 12:13 am

  15. Ready for the challenge! Thanks for the encouragement!

    Guest (rdy2trvl)January 1, 2013 at 12:18 am

  16. Yes, I started doing this too a couple of weeks ago. I hand write at least 2 pages a day -- it's 700+ words. Sometimes I keep going. I write a blog. And I'm re-kindling an email ezine too. I try to write about health and online copywriting mostly. But with my 2 pages a day, sometimes, it's just "clearing the decks" type writing. Getting things out and taken care of -- figuring out things in my work and life. Does that count? (;

    Katherine KayJanuary 1, 2013 at 12:22 am

  17. Thanks for the concrete reasons for daily writing. I wrote every day for awhile (because I knew I was 'supposed to'), then let it slide as I got busy and thought it would be more important to finish a course than write. When I was writing daily, I definitely got faster and writing was easier. I'm ready to pick it up again and commit to daily writing in 2013. Thanks again!

    Kari BaxterJanuary 1, 2013 at 1:25 am

  18. Hi Rebecca, You've certainly got my interest up. My dream is to be able to support myself as a writer and possibly as a painter (of fine art). Also I would like to be able to relocate to some place like France or Italy. Perhaps by commiting to writing everyday would kickstart a plan of action toward something rewarding down the road. So I suppose that means I'm in.

    Guest (Chris Cook)January 1, 2013 at 1:47 am

  19. I try to write a lot, but I would like to commit to writing everyday and with the idea of getting better. Now I've said it so I have to be accountable too. Thanks for the encouragement. Making money by writing has been a huge dream I put on the shelf a long time ago. I have just recently got it down again. I really need to make this work this time. Thanks again.

    JudyBee1January 1, 2013 at 2:32 am

  20. Sounds like a good plan. And do you know what works best for daily writing? A cheap notebook...unlike the fancy, expensive ones that you're afraid to "muss up". Quick question, do these 241 characters count? Kidding. Happy New Year all.

    RickJJanuary 1, 2013 at 2:34 am

  21. Hey Rebecca I couldn't agree more about what you say about writing every day. I'm gonna try to do it myself, although at the moment I find it hard to commit to a particular time because I work a night shift. But I am going to see about getting back on days when I start back work on Wednesday, and take more control over my life..
    So here's to a great 2013, and a great Bootcamp.

    haydenJanuary 1, 2013 at 6:26 am

  22. Hi Rebecca! Happy New Year! I'll be writing every day.

    MacstephensJanuary 1, 2013 at 8:07 am

  23. Hi, Rebecca,

    happy New Year!

    Thanks for helping us, writers, to write every day,a very important habit that sometimes it's difficult to achieve.

    Guest (Monica Di Santi)January 1, 2013 at 10:18 am

  24. As a Matter of fact that seems an excellent habit idea. To uproot myself from previous uncreative work firmly resolving to live the writers life will need a consistent daily dedication.Keeping words and pages flowing will enhance a mutual prosperity cycle overflowing with natural abundance.dave

    Guest (david brydges)January 1, 2013 at 11:03 am

  25. I commit to writing for one hour every day in the year 2013. I am starting right now!

    DebbieLJanuary 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm

  26. Starting today, January 1, 2013, I am going to write every day in 2013. Yay!

    JnetJanuary 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  27. OK count me in. Writing something everyday.

    SPECIALKJanuary 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  28. Thanks, Rebecca. Setting a time and writing each day are both high on my list for 2013! This is my year to make things happen. To a FANTASTIC 2013!

    kmvJanuary 1, 2013 at 12:10 pm

  29. Dear Rebecca, It's funny that life can be so funny and ironic and cyclical at the same time. What do I mean? I've just recently contacted a publishing house about printing my completed book manuscript. Yeah, I'll have to pay for it 'cuz it's my own written manuscript. But, it'll get published. There will be editorial work and rewrites that I'll have to do, but it's going to cause me having to write EVERY day 'cuz it's my book and it's getting published! And I'm a writer!
    Thanks, Rebecca!

    Guest (Elliott)January 1, 2013 at 12:51 pm

  30. I started writing everyday since I received your course. First thing I do every morning... I call it morning pages. It has really geared me up to write and the ideas keep coming. Thanks

    Guest (aselvaggi)January 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm

  31. Hi Rebecca, I enjoy your emails. Thank you! I just signed up for your AWAI BootCamp and can't wait to go! In the meantime, I'd like to attempt your goal of writing daily.

    dksJanuary 1, 2013 at 2:54 pm

  32. I am going to do it...starting today. Do you have any suggestions on what to write each day. Just journal entries or something specific. The former doesn't seem to be much use except you're writing but I want to be a better writer not just writing for writing's sake.

    PatriciaDJanuary 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm

  33. Ok Rebecca - I'm in! I'm going to write every day with the goal of becoming a better, faster writer, and to find my voice.
    Happy New Year!

    chrisdJanuary 1, 2013 at 3:22 pm

  34. Hi Rebbeca.
    This is my year to become the writer that my soul keeps insisting I am. Sooooo, I am going to take the challenge with you. I am going to start with 15 minutes a day this week if it runs over so be it, but no less. Happy trails...ink trails that is LOL.


    Guest (LotzaLocz)January 1, 2013 at 3:52 pm

  35. Hi Rebecca, that is a great idea for getting me started. But, I just signed on to the Accelerated program. So, I do not know what to write about. Can you advise me on what I can do to get started? Thanks, Dale

    Guest (Dale Perry)January 1, 2013 at 5:23 pm

  36. Rebecca, I want to commit to write every day. It seems like there are so many things going on in my life. My full-time job is one and I'm gone all day, so I need to take time to write in the evening. It will be fun to be held accountable by you and will encourage me to meet my goal. Thanks!

    Blessed to WriteJanuary 1, 2013 at 6:33 pm

  37. One of my New Year's resolutions actually is to write daily.

    Guest (wendy weatherup)January 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm

  38. I'm committing to writing every day.

    Guest (Donna)January 1, 2013 at 7:53 pm

  39. 2012 was a very challenging year for me. I expect this year will be full of plenty of challenges too. I love a good challenge. I think it would be therapeutic and cathartic for me to start writing everyday with 2012 as my first topic. Thank you for allowing me to share.

    Guest (Julie M)January 1, 2013 at 8:45 pm

  40. I want to start writing a short, short fiction of 100 words in 100 days. So this text is also short.

    Guest (Glecy Pritchard)January 2, 2013 at 7:30 am

  41. I'm in! I'll be working on a Money-Making Website, too. Thanks, Rebecca!

    BillieJanuary 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm

  42. Well... I'm in. A great aim to make and I'm only wondering one thing -- does this post count? :)

    Only kidding! As I write each day I'll visualize everyone else doing it too! What an inspiration.

    - Andrea

    Guest (Andrea)January 2, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  43. This is my year to become a financially independent writer in order to wean from my current career. No more procrastinating! I will write each morning. It's silly, really...if I want writing to be my new career, makes sense that I should be writing EVERY DAY, right?

    ChavaJanuary 2, 2013 at 3:35 pm

  44. Okay, as of now, I am committing to writing 500 words each morning as soon as I wake up. After I have that habit established, I am going to add 500 words at night before I go to bed.

    Mary MeantJanuary 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm

  45. I'm in. I'm new at writing and believe that writing everyday is like building my "writing muscle". The more I do it, the stronger it gets. Now I just need to include time to write in my daily schedule. Thanks for the advice.

    Guest (J Roland)January 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

  46. Rebecca: Happy you asked. I decided yesterday to write everyday this year. My goal is to change one thing about me every day. Beginning with my health... I want to drink more water. Then, I'll work on what I'm going to eat, and what to eliminate in my diet.

    GIAJanuary 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm

  47. I just saw this and I'm behind already!
    No worries. No pressure. I am ready.
    Write on!

    Guest (Guest)January 2, 2013 at 8:13 pm

  48. Yes, I will make a commitment to write every day. No matter what it is that I am in the mood to write, I will put it all on paper as frequently as I can throughout the day. I am looking forward to successful year, not only for myself, but for everyone that is a part of this awesome community. Wishing everyone a year full of health, happiness, and unwavering success.

    Dianna BJanuary 2, 2013 at 11:19 pm

  49. Absolutely. I am committing myself. Writers write- they don't think and plan and outline and consider and worry and ponder. They write!

    MarkHJanuary 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm

  50. Thanks, Rebecca. It makes sense to write everyday if one wants to become not just a writer but a prolific writer - which I intend to be. Better late than never. I'll join you in this quest. Any guide as to subjects or topics? Thanks once again.Remain Blessed.

    Guest (Ikechukwu)January 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

  51. I know i am reading your letter later in the year. I did keep reading that i should write everyday. Also Mark Ford's story, to be a writer you need to write. So I started doing this in December. I have a life coach that I send a daily report to. In December I started writing in my journal daily (150 words or ten minutes) It has been 22 days now. There were two days that I missed and caught up the next day. This is the longest I have ever journaled daily. I am creating the habit of writing daily for my copy writing future. I am doing the course now.

    Guest (Neil L)January 19, 2013 at 9:24 am

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