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Beginning January 1, don’t break your writing chain

Despite dire predictions that the world was going to end last week, I’ve been thinking ahead to how I’ll meet my writing goals in 2013. One reason I like to learn how successful writers work is to see if they have any rituals or routines that I can follow myself.

There’s no way around it: A regular writing routine is crucial to producing finished work. So I was intrigued when I read about the Don’t Break The Chain calendar idea attributed to comedian Jerry Seinfeld.

As the story goes, each January, Seinfeld hangs a year-at-a-glance calendar on a prominent wall of his office, and for every day that he writes new material, he gets to mark a big “X” over that date. After a few days, a chain of Xs begins to form. The annual goal is to write every day and not break the chain.

There’s just something so satisfying about marking completed tasks off, whether it’s a “To Do” list or the days of a calendar. Besides being a great way to reinforce your writing, the Don’t Break the Chain Calendar can be a good way to track a workout routine or anything else you want to complete and check off each day.

The Writers Store has created a free downloadable Don’t Break The Chain Calender. Download it now, just in time for Jan. 1, and start the year off with an X.

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