MG Writers’ Toolkit: Why Weird Writing Habits Work

Writers have weird habits. Did you know that Mark Twain and George Orwell liked to write lying down? Ernest Hemingway wrote 500 words a day, always in the morning. Edgar Allan Poe wrote drafts on separate pieces of paper that he sealed together into a scroll. James Joyce wrote with a blue pencil. The list goes on and on. Why do writers have such weird habits? The answer is simple: they work.

habitAre you struggling to complete a manuscript or just to write 500 words a day? Do you want to find a way to write better, faster or more often? You need your own weird habit. The book Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day by Chris Fox can help with that. Fox says it perfectly. “If you want to achieve…you have to decide you are willing to do the work. If you do that, then I have good news. The tools are already out there.”

Habit is a question of brain science. Fox says you can install one just like you can install a computer program. This requires knowing what a habit is: the good, the bad and the ugly, and molding it to best suit you to become productive. The more you tailor your habit specifically to you, the more likely you will keep it. Applied to writers this means: if weird works, work weird!

Full of common sense advice on how to get the best habit for you by simplifying, organizing and establishing routines, this book will inspire anyone looking to find their own wonderfully weird writing habit. It is a must read.


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