It isn’t easy to create new habits. There are always other things, competing priorities, and distractions to get in the way actually doing the thing you have promised yourself. One great way to fight procrastination and develop a writing habit is to join a writers’ group, like Legal Linguist’s free monthly Write Night at PatchWork Collective.
When Do You Write?
When I was in college, getting my degree in creative writing, my fiction writing professor had a pretty simple motto:
Write Every Day.
Sounds simple right? Just commit to spending 15 to 30 minutes putting pen to paper every day.
Except it isn’t. We’re all busy, and unless someone is handing you money to write, there may be bigger priorities on your mind than writing, like paying your bills. Even if you are writing to make money, such as lawyers using their law blogs to generate new paying clients, it may still be hard to set aside billable hours to write.
In that case, it may be a matter of physically scheduling time to put pen to (virtual) paper. You may need to block out time that you will spend on nothing else just to make yourself develop the habit of writing.
Why Write Alone?
One great way to build writing into your schedule and hold yourself accountable is to join a writing group. Whether you are a poet, a professional writer, or trying your hand at novel writing, surrounding yourself with peers can be a great way to motivate you and help you build strong writing habits.
Legal Linguist and PatchWork Collective Host Write Nights
In that spirit of community and accountability, Legal Linguist has paired with the PatchWork Collective to host a free monthly Write Night event on the 4th Thursday of every month, starting January 24, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. They’ll have an open format with lots of time set aside to just practice your writing. There will be an opportunity to share short selections if you want to, but if you’re not the type to read aloud, don’t worry about it!
Future Write Night events may include short presentations by local writers, editors, and publishers who can help writers take the next step toward making a living with their writing. And of course, the Legal Linguist will be there to help you as well. We will be asking members of the Write Night community what they need help with and finding speakers to fit the bill.
Write Night is created with the spirit of community support in mind. There’s no right thing to write or not write. It’s available to published authors and first-time writers alike. The key is in setting aside time every month to come together as writers and build our writing habits.
Lisa Schmidt is a writer for Legal Linguist in Ferndale, Michigan. She provides blogs and web content to lawyers and small businesses. If you need help developing your writing habit, contact Legal Linguist today to schedule a meeting.