Strong routines support us through the ups and downs that occur naturally in any difficult task, so it is with writing. This article will consider five habits: write, research, craft, edit, connect. It has been my experience that these five habits support us as we work with our word sense, our voice, and hone what it is we want to be saying to the world. They help us all become better writers.
When one thinks of what it might be like to live the life of a writer, several things of course come to mind: freedom to travel, notoriety, a sharp brain through old-age, and the joy inherent in living a creative life -- being the most obvious. This article deals with the discovery phase, giving an overview of what we find when we ask, "What is it like to live the life of a writer?"