Well, we’ve arrived at a crucial chapter in our online discussion of the book, On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts.

The fifth chapter is simply titled: Write.

That’s ultimately why we’re all here, right?

To some degree or another, we all write. We like to write. Some of us love to write.

[Tweet “For many, writing is more than just a hobby — it’s a lifeline.”]

Not only is it a lifeline, but it can, and should, and often does, last a lifetime.

[Tweet “”Writing is a whole lifetime and a lot of practice.” ~ N. Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones”]

That’s what this book is about, right? Creating habits for a writing life that lasts.

Here are co-authors Ann Kroeker and Charity Singleton Craig with a short video conversation about this chapter:



As Ann and Charity share in the video above, this chapter is really about sitting down and getting the work done.

It doesn’t sound glamorous, I know — but if you want to be a writer, you kind of have to write.


“Basically if you want to become a good writer, you need to do three things.

Read a lot, listen well and deeply, and write a lot.” ~ Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones


What hurdles do you come up against that threaten to keep you from productive writing?

Charity mentions the common, time-sucking distractions like Facebook and Twitter. (Guilty as charged.)

Ann talks about how her creativity and motivation is often sapped if she talks to others too soon about a writing project she’s working on.

For me, I find that the intersection between inspiration and available free time is a rarity.

What are your challenges? I suppose identifying them is half the battle, right?

In the previous chapters, we’ve talked about arranging our lives to accommodate for writing, and surrounding ourselves with things and people that will inspire.

[Tweet “What’s your “sweet spot” when it comes to productivity in writing? #writinglife”]

One reader commented that she gets so much accomplished while sitting alone at Panera. I’ve had the same experience. Sometimes I’ve blocked off time in my calendar, sat myself down in a cubicle at the library, and switched of my wi-fi, just to give myself the maximum potential to crank out words.

What works for you? How do you get yourself to sit down and get the work done? When have you experienced a really productive stretch of writing?

If you’re in a “dry patch,” (or even if you’re not), you can find some great inspiration over at Tweetspeak Poetry.

I’d also *love* to have you join the fun in the upcoming 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes this October!

What better way to kick your writing life into gear than by having a great group of friends writing for five minutes a day TOGETHER?!


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Voting is now open (through Sept. 5th) — YOU get to give three prompt suggestions! Click here to vote, and click here for a taste of last year’s shenanigans.


Today’s link-up topic suggestions:

Write your own blog post or journal entry on one or more of the following topics: 

Brainstorm a list of blog post or article ideas. Write out a list of action steps to incorporate regular writing into your life. 

Share some of your personal struggles or frustrations when it comes to writing regularly and fitting the practice of writing into your life.

What does writing mean to you? Is it a hobby? A discipline? A lifeline? Consider writing a letter or blog post sharing what the act of writing means to you.

How open are you when it comes to sharing your current writing process? Do you tend to share your ideas and work early on, or do you prefer to keep it private and held close for a while?


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Share your thoughts in the comments and/or link-up below!

Then come back Wednesday as we chat about the next topic, SEND. Click here for a list of topic suggestions for Chapter 6.


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