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Six counterintuitive goals to shake up your writing routine

Don't be distracted by lofty goals and ambitions. Set attainable objectives for yourself and begin accomplishing more.

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Stop doing what you love

Writing isn’t always fun, and it often requires sacrifice – especially if you have another job, a family, other interests, or a social life. You might not always be in the mood to type, but making time to write is a necessary evil for all, um, writers. So make it happen: Resolve that once a week, you will say no to something (or someone) you would probably enjoy – a movie, a dinner date, a stop-in on social media, an extra hour of sleep – and commit that time to writing instead. Writing is as much about habit, discipline, and routine as it is about talent and inspiration, so carve out space for creativity in your life, and prioritize and protect it from other temptations.

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