By Terry Whalin @terrywhalin
As a writer and editor, I'm
involved in a number of different projects each week. Many of these tasks are
routine and something I do over and over. For example using Hootsuite, I post on
social media 12–15 times each day. I write and each week I post an article for
The Writing Life.
I read books and write book reviews. I speak with authors about their
submissions to Morgan James and many other tasks.
One of the ways these various
projects get done is tied to my habits and various systems that I've created. Do
you have such patterns in your own writing life? I encourage you to
create habits and systems using tools to be consistent. I've written in these
articles about the importance of being consistent. How does consistency happen?
From my experience, one of the key ingredients is to develop a habit
Here's a few of the habits and
systems I've created in my writing life:
--I consistently read books and
after reading the book, I write a short review and post it on Amazon and
--Also I am consistently
listening to audiobooks, writing a review and posting it. Each of these actions
--Regularly calling people or
emailing and looking for new opportunities.
--Consistently emailing or
calling and inviting authors to submit their book manuscripts or proposal
--Also I follow-up consistently
with potential Consistent follow-up with my potential Morgan James
There are many functions that I
do over and over. Consistent completion is important for many of these tasks.
For example, I have a number of monthly writing deadlines. I enter the task in
my reminders which helps me complete the task on the deadline. Meeting deadlines
is a critical element for every professional writer. You do not want to be
asking your editor for more time to meet your deadline. It is not a good
impression you are making on them.
For almost any task that I do on
a regular basis, I often create a system or method which as I do it over and
over and eventually it becomes a habit. I’m always looking for ways to
streamline and improve the system with a new tool. The result is these tasks
get completed. Are
you using systems to create these habits for your writing life? Or are you
reinventing it each time?
Completing these tasks is
important for several reasons:
Reputation as a Writer
4. To Add to your body of work as a writer
get additional work or assignments
From my experience in this
happens without taking consistent action which involves regular communication (phone or email or
in the mail or text). How important are creating systems or habits in your
writing life? Let me know in the comments below.
Last week, Glyndon Greer at the Adazing Podcast published our interview about publishing and how authors can succeed with their books. Listen on Spotify or Apple.
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