Posted on 04/01/2020 at 12:41 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Susan DeFreitas, an award-winning author, editor, and book coach, is kicking off a seven-part series on developing a writing practice.

She took inspiration from a book called Stick with It: A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life—For Good and is adapting it to benefit authors, specifically.

The first step, literally, is to consider the idea of a stepladder.

DeFreitas points out that while dramatic goals are often more enticing — like, say, to write a novel — they’re also just tougher to attain quickly, leading many of us to grow frustrated and abandon them.

Though they’re less exciting, small, actionable goals that lead toward that larger accomplishment — such as prewriting on Monday, writing for half an hour on Wednesday, and revising on Friday — are what’s actually necessary to achieve them.

Read more about this “stepladder” stage on Jane Friedman’s blog.

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