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Willpower will not keep you writing. The most powerful tool to keep you writing when writing gets hard is a habit.
A writing habit is the single most important thing you can do for your writing.
Not free time.
Not a contract.
Here are the best books I know which explain why, and tell you how to create habits. These are all affiliate links. If you use them to buy these books I will be enriched. You won’t pay a penny extra. It’s hardly worth mentioning, is it?
- Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance by Rosanne Bane — If you only buy one, make it this one. Brain science, both psychology and physiology, coupled with practical know-how from a writer and writing teacher. Read more at the author’s website.
- The War of Art and Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield — Know Resistance. Recognize it. Make it irrelevant. Read more in the Actionable Books summaries of The War of Art and Turning Pro.
- The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg — Explains what habits are and how they’re formed, with sections on how to tame them. More theory, less how-to, but valuable. Read more in the Actionable Books summary.
- Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance by Jonathan Fields — How to accept ambiguity and risk while creating a business around art. Read more in the Actionable Books summary.
- Resilience: Facing Down Rejection and Criticism on the Road to Success by Mark McGuinness — On becoming psychologically and emotionally resilient in order to create art and deal with the emotions of feedback and criticism. Read more at the author’s website.
- The As If Principle: The Radically New Approach to Changing Your Life by Richard Wiseman — Solid science shows that simply acting as if you have a quality will create it in you. Wiseman shows you how. Read more in the Actionable Books summary.
Every one of these is in my personal library. Some have been read more than once. Notes have been taken.
One reason I go down to my writing office every single day and put in my time is because I know and believe and practice what’s in these books.
If you’re not getting your writing done, you think you need more time or more willpower or more something else.
What you need is habit.