Infographic: How to nurture creative, productive writing habits

Instead of counting on sheer willpower to consistently crank out content, take a more strategic, sustainable approach toward producing inspired output. Here’s how to become reliably prolific.

Just about anyone can twirl a storytelling gem once in a blue moon.

Delivering the creative goods every day, throughout a career, requires a more strategic approach.

An infographic compiled by the inimitable Henneke from Enchanting Marketing makes a compelling case for why writers shouldn’t rest on their laurels, waiting for the muse to arrive. She recommends nurturing specific habits to keep the creative wick constantly lit:

Understand how creative input fuels output. “Inspiration favors the prepared mind,” says Columbia University psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman. Henneke uses this premise to drive her point that “inspiration” begins with “preparation.” To get the juices flowing, writers should do two things: “Show up and do the work,” and, “Find your favorite sources of inspiration.”

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