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Months 5&6: Developing the Habit of Writing

This is a task I didn’t have in the original framework of One Year of Writing and Healing, but as I’ve been working on revision I’ve come to think it’s important—finding ways to grow the habit of writing and make it part of one’s practice. Thus, I’ve given this its own room—and not just one month but two months in the scheme of the year.

If you already have a habit of writing that you’re content with, you may want to skip this task. If not, you may want to check back as my plan is to grow and expand this room.


There are 3-4 books in particular that have been enormously helpful to me in growing my own habit of writing:

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

Writing without Teachers and Writing with Power by Peter Elbow

You may also find it useful to use writing prompts to grow the habit.

You can find all the writing prompts from this site here.

And you can find the new writing prompts I’m posting at Twitter here.

I’ve also included here below what is perhaps the easiest writing prompt with which to begin.