The evidence base shows that a daily writing habit, even for as few as 30 minutes each day, makes you a more productive writer than does waiting to write until you have long uninterrupted periods of time.
Ellen Sussman, writing for the creative writing magazine Poets & Writers (Nov./Dec. 2011), offers guidance on developing “A Writer’s Daily Habit: Four Steps to Higher Productivity”:
- Pre-writing prep (in her case, five or ten minutes of meditation)
- Blocking the Internet (a major distraction and time waster)
- The Unit System (breaking down writing tasks into manageable units, e.g. blocks of time, at the end of which she moves on to the next task)
- Daily writing (just do it, making an appointment with yourself to ensure that you do)
The article is only available in the print version of the magazine.