Your Writing Habit
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Your Writing Habit

Patterns of Narrative Engineering

About the Book

Starting with just two minutes every day, learn to systematically engineer a rock-solid foundational writing habit that can take you from your couch to a new career as a professional author. Your Writing Habit presents a pattern language for beginning writers to build solid systems for rapidly improving their writing skills.

About the Author

David Eyk
David Eyk

I'm a bit of an odd duck.

I studied English Literature in college, taught myself how to program on the side, and I’ve worked in the publishing industry for over a decade as a software engineer. Before my current career, I've worked variously as an editor, researcher, writer, typesetter, and press technician.

I love writing. I’ve been writing stories since the first grade. (Thanks Ms. D!)

I love publishing. I’ve read most of the Chicago Manual of Style and enjoyed it. ?

I also love getting systematic about a problem. I enjoy figuring things out and reducing complexity to its simplest components.

Neither fish nor fowl nor good red herring, let’s just say I don’t have much use for Two Cultures distinctions.

When I'm not teaching people how to write, I'm usually working in the garden, reading a good book, or maybe even writing my own science fiction novel.

Table of Contents

  •  
    • Introduction
      • The Couch
      • Prove It
      • Show Up
      • The Long Road to Total Victory
      • The Habitual Writer
      • The Couch to 50k (words) Plan
      • Patterns of Narrative Engineering
  • Part 1: Make Writing Obvious
    • Consider Your Day
    • Write Early
    • Write Late
    • Make Your Intention Specific
    • Leave Useful Landmines
  • Part 2: Make Writing Attractive
    • Visualize Your Author Career
    • Visualize Your Book of Gold
    • Join a Writer’s Group
    • Find an Accountability Partner
    • Prepare a Writing Ritual
  • Part 3: Make Writing Easy
    • Prepare Your Writing Space
    • Write for Two Minutes
    • Shape Your Writing Time
    • Start Small
    • Break It Up
    • Commit for an Hour
    • Plan Ahead
    • Mise-en-place
    • 100:10:1
    • The Dent
    • Set a Deadline
    • Learn to Touch Type
    • Learn to Dictate
  • Part 4: Make Writing Satisfying
    • Just Write
    • Track Your Progress
    • Set Firebreaks
    • Make Rapid Repairs
    • Revise Later
    • Get an Outside Opinion
    • Always Ship
    • Take a Break
    • Systems, Not Goals

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