Are you waiting for your muse to come to you before you start writing? If so, you’re missing the opportunity to your writing hobby into a writing career.
Professional writers write, every day. There’s no way around it. If you dream of seeing your published byline on a regular basis you need to start cranking out the words. Pick a place, set a time, and write every day. Not just when the spirit moves you or your muse arrives, but at the same time every day.
Don’t let your mental self psych you out. New, good habits are often derailed because we expect too much from ourselves at the start. Every word you commit to screen or paper during your daily writing sessions doesn’t need to be your best. There’s plenty of time for editing. The key to unlocking the publication door through daily writing is getting your ideas out of your head and on to paper habitually. Once that door is open and your ideas are flowing, you begin improving your craft by setting your ideas and notions out one word at a time. Those words become sentences and then begin forming paragraphs; before you know it you’ve got articles, chapters and completed books.
What you may discover, like many of the great and prolific writers who have come before–Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Eva Shaw–is that by forming a daily writing habit, your muse will know when and where to find you. Successful writers don’t wait for inspiration to get them writing, but instead, because these writers have regular, daily writing habits, their muses show up frequently to inspire. Why? They know when and where to find their writers.
As you develop your own daily writing habit, you’ll quickly discover that your own muse will know where to find you and begin showing up more regularly.