|Maria A Smith|
I've overheard many writers talk about what they think they need to make them happy. A lot believe they won't be happy until they find an agent, and then when they do, they won't be happy until they get a publisher.
If and when they get a publisher, they realise they are under pressure to not only write frantically to produce another book, but they must promote it themselves. Join Twitter, Facebook, keep a blog, do book launches, set up a web site etc.
That's all fine if its what you want?
Alternatively, I have writing buddies who will always write regardless of if they are ever published. For some it is simply fun, for others its therapy. And then there are the totally crazy writers I know. But then that is another post topic entirely.
Its important to find a writing habit that suits your goals and style, whatever is motivating you to write.
Here are a few essentials.
1. You have to write - Just do it! Its as simple as that, but then its not is it? Stop procrastinating.
2. Discipline - You have to focus, make a plan, and finish! We all need structure. Whoever has the answer to this one, please post a comment and share your formula.
3.Support - Don't isolate yourself, you need the support of the writing community. Join a group, get a blog, tweet, whatever, but make that BIG scary step. Share your thoughts, and your writing. Get helpful positive feedback that you can use to move forward and complete your project.
We are creative, we need help with our ideas, and our dreams, so make writing a happy habit!