Writing is an amazing creative outlet, whether you are journaling or writing your first, second or third draft – writing daily can have such a positive effect on you and your writing.
- Writing regularly can only improve your writing skills
- The ability to write (and/or type) faster
- The ability to think from the readers perspective which can help you in daily life
- Forces you to reflect on life, which in turn makes your writing raw and deeper
- The ability to motivate yourself to write daily, yet another transferable skill that you can use in many other situations
- Creates a routine and many of us will benefit greatly from a routine
- You have to learn to overcome perfection – it’s not possible
- Learn to overcome distraction and procrastination (well, sort of …)
HOW TO DO IT
Obviously – what works for me may not work for you – although I hope there is something here you are able to apply to yourself and your writing.
HAVE A REASON
This is super super important. If you don’t have a reason for wanting to write daily, well just stop reading here.
Why do you want to write? Identify your reason and call on it to motivate you when you hit a wall.
Some people believe you have to write for 2 – 3 hours to make it count, but that is absolutely not the case. To think that you would have to sit down for hours on end is a daunting thought and would put a lot of people off – including me! You really only have to write for 5 or so minutes at a time. Okay, you have to work your ass off and become some sort of keyboard ninja for those 5 minutes, but you will most like write more and better quality(and you won’t get a numb bum).
Turn the telly off, shut your cat out of the room, wear comfy clothes and make sure your laptop is full charged (or you have a decent supply of paper). Any sort of distraction, no matter how small, is enough to break your focus. All it takes is for you to scratch behind cute little Rovers ear and bam, you have no idea what it was you were writing about. Remembering that you only really need 10 minutes a day – lock yourself away so that you can focus your full attention on your literary masterpiece.
START A GRATITUDE JOURNAL
These are just perfect – in fact, I love them so much that I wrote an entire post about them. Writing your daily gratitudes is a brilliant way to make sure that you write daily – even if it’s only something small.
30 DAY CHALLENGE
If you’re not quite in the mood to write your first novel yet and you’re a little bit bored of writing in your journal – try a 30 day challenge. There are hundreds out there and they can really be quite fun. They’re perfect for if you’re just coming out of a writing slump because the prompts for your writing are right in front of you and you only have to write a little bit if you want to. Also, it’s an excuse to buy yet another pretty notebook..
DON’T MAKE IT INTO A CHORE
Now, I know this post is all about how to write daily and how much writing daily can benefit you but don’t force it. If you are having to seriously force yourself to sit down and write then maybe you should take a break today. Let’s be honest, it’s not going to be your best work is it? Also, if you start forcing yourself to write then you’ll begin to begrudge it and it’ll stop be something you love doing – it’s like when you get to do your English Coursework on your favourite book, by the end of the course you never want to see that book again.
So, the message is writing daily is brilliant – there are many benefits and reasons to do it – however don’t force it otherwise you’ll end up hating it. And that’s not good.