National Novel Writing Month starts tomorrow!

NaNoWriMo is a fun thing lots of writers do each year. In order to write 50,000 words in just 30 days, they write thousands of words every single day.

Why You Should Cultivate Daily Writing Habits

Whether you're writing a novel in a month or not, though, writing every day is actually a really valuable habit to develop.

Great Writers Develop a Writing Habit

Don't believe me?

Then check out these quotes from authors and bloggers, which will inspire you next month and beyond!

I found an amazing compilation of on-point quotes from famous authors on their daily routines. Here's a taste:

“The repetition itself becomes the important thing.”
—Haruki Murakami

“I write every morning.”
—Ernest Hemingway

And after explaining her daily writing routine, Maya Angelou echoed that often-repeated sentiment:

“Easy reading is damn hard writing.”

More Writers on Their Writing Habits

I found a few more quotes on my own:

Stephen King famously wrote in his book On Writing,

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

And Jennifer Weiner has lots of advice for aspiring writers on her website. Tip number five?

“Write to please yourself.”

How to Develop Your Writing Habit

Our friend Jeff Goins has published a blog post on “Why You Need to Write Every Day.”

Of course BuzzFeed has a list for everything, including “19 Easy Rules to Write Something Every Day.”

Finally, the most important quote of all:

“Michael Jordan practiced. Joshua Bell practices. Tiger Woods practiced. Bill Gates practiced. Pablo Picasso practiced—so why don't writers practice?” (Sound familiar?)

Go Write Today

Do you want to be a writer? Do you want to write a novel, or a memoir, or short stories, or blog posts, or something else entirely?

Today, sit down and write.

And then tomorrow, do it again.

What’s your writing routine? Let me know in the comments.


If you already have a daily writing habit, that's fantastic! If not, now's your chance to start. Take fifteen minutes to write something scary. When you're done, share your writing in the comments and leave some feedback for your fellow writers.

Happy Halloween!

Monica is a lawyer trying to knock out her first novel. She lives in D.C. but is still a New Yorker. You can follow her on her blog or on Twitter (@monicamclark).

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