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Hello friends 👋
 
Writing habits are my catnip. I'm drawn to how/when/where/why writers write. I’m not alone. Many others share my obsession in seeking out the magic bullet for building a regular writing habit.

Yet, writing doesn’t fit the definition of a habit in being a behaviour that is automatic and done without thinking.
 
Don’t despair or give up hope of writing regularly! This week we look into how the psychology of habits can help you trigger a writing routine and reward yourself to keep going.
 
New on the blog: Build a rock solid writing routine with the psychology of habits

Take care ❤️ Bec & Chris

PS. Want to be more realistic about making time to write? We've updated our article on the ways writers make time for writing. Read the blog. 

👫 Let's get to know each other! 

After having a sprint-free February, we're excited to fire the starting pistol again on a 7-Day Writing Sprint this March - race starts Monday the 1st. 

While you can sprint alone, it's often motivating to run alongside others. When you join a sprint you also get access to our sprint group - a super-friendly community of fellow writers who can help you along your journey. 

When you take a sprint you're also supported by us. Chris and Bec are your writing coaches and personal cheer squad for the week! 🎉 We read every update and comment posted in the group and will answer you personally if you have a question or need a pep talk.

Sprints are free and take place on the first Monday of every month. 

👉 Not a member of our sprint group? Join here for free
👉 Already a member and want to join a March sprint? Sign up here

📈 Writing productivity playbook: How to manage disappointment and failure

When you set a writing goal but for whatever reason (waves hello to the pandemic) fail to meet - this can dent your confidence and make you feel bad. If you feel disappointed in your past writing progress, here are 4 tactics to try:

🤷 Acceptance: While it is frustrating, don't mourn that lost time but instead use it to fuel your intention.

🤔 Reflection: To get insight into ‘why’ and ‘what next’ take time to reflect. Grab your journal, free write, visualise and plan. Look back, but don’t ruminate on the past. Look forward, take time to dream and imagine a future where your writing practice flows.

💥 Action! The best way to stop feeling dissatisfied about the past is to have something to celebrate in the present. Get some writing, however small, under your belt and celebrate that you did it. Consider: what is the smallest thing you can do now, tonight, first thing tomorrow - something that will take 2-5 minutes? Then do it.

📊 Reality: Going forward, be realistic about what you can do. Writers have a tendency to be too optimistic when planning so build in a reality check. Think of your goal, then imagine what will get in the way, and make a practical plan to overcome it.    

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PS. Let us know if you want to be a beta reader for our book.

Illustrators and authors Liz & Mollie update the famous Eisenhower Matrix as it’s really implemented. Follow on Instagram or Twitter for hard truths on procrastination, productivity, work and being an introvert.

📚 What we're reading... 

Let Me Tell You What I Mean is a new collection of writing from master essayist Joan Didion. Gathering together 12 pieces from across her career, it grapples with politics, culture, capitalism and what it means to be a writer. It includes her essay Why I Write, inspired by George Orwell, where she wrote:

"All I knew then was what I wasn’t, and it took me some years to discover what I was. Which was a writer. By which I mean not a “good” writer or a “bad” writer but simply a writer, a person whose most absorbed and passionate hours are spent arranging words on pieces of paper."
 
Buy the book or read Why I Write for free on Lit Hub here.

😍 3 things we love 

#1. Imperfect advice: A large proportion of writing advice is useless, self-contradictory or ignored by the person dispensing it says Oliver Burkeman - apart from these 3 nuggets. Well worth subscribing. Read the article

#2. Novel ambitions: The ever wise and funny Marian Keyes ran a brilliant free Instagram course in January called 'So you want to write a novel?' Catch up on IG here

#3. Plodding vs Bursting: Steve Pavlina enlightens us all: “Plodding means persevering with a steady and stable workflow day after day. Bursting means working in short, temporary cycles of highly focused work while tuning out anything unrelated to the project at hand.” Read more here (link via Jocelyn K Glei newsletter)

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The Wednesday Workout is an email newsletter from writing productivity coaches Bec Evans and Chris Smith, co-founders of Prolifiko.

Subscribe to get fortnightly coaching tips and advice and news of our latest coaching plans and courses. When you do we'll send you a free coaching plan The Distracted Writer's Guide to Finding FocusFind out more about Prolifiko.

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