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The Writing Habit: Write Each Day and It Becomes Part of Your Routine

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An online devotional for writers

A Word From The Word

More blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice. (Luke 11:28, NLT)

A Word For Writers

Best-selling author Max Lucado has written more than 100 books. But writing is just his side hustle. 

The Writing Habit: devotional for writers based on Luke 11:28 with Word Wise at Nonprofit Copywriter #FreelanceWriting #ChristianWriting

Max’s full-time job is pastor of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, TX, where he has served for more than three decades. 

How does he find time to write?

Early on, Max developed a writing habit. During his first pastoring job, he wrote a newsletter column for the church. When he and his wife spent five years on the mission field in Brazil, Max kept writing. Upon returning to the U.S. and taking on a demanding lead pastor role, Max continued his routine by sitting down at the keyboard  for an hour or two at night after his wife and children went to bed.

A habit is an acquired behavior. With time, a habit can become involuntary.

I find this truth to be encouraging because for most of us, writing consistently does not come naturally. You develop a habit with practice.

And while it may take anywhere between one and eight months for a new behavior to feel automatic, there’s good news in a recent University College London study: a missed day or two here and there doesn’t negate the process. 

Regular writing may take practice and in the end you may not write 100 books. But take heart and stick with it, even if it takes you a few months to put a writing routine into practice. Good writers become that way – and produce more content – by developing a writing habit. 

A Wise Word

Good writers develop a writing habit.

A Word To Pray

Gracious Father,

Throughout scripture, You teach me to practice developing good habits. Help me to write regularly for I know that when I do, I will improve and I will produce quality content for You.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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