Just like we go to the gym to build muscles in our body, we should write consistently to grow our writing muscles.
You do not have to write long-form articles to do that. Instead, you can write short stories or even practice free-writing (I recommend this if you are a beginner).
Also, you do not have to publish everything you write. Remember: the goal is to build your writing muscles.
How does it work?
Set a time of the day for writing. Most writers do it in the morning (so do I). Then, all you have to do is start writing.
The most common question: What do I write about?
Answer: Whatever you want.
Again, your goal is to build the muscles. So, write about anything — your thoughts, feelings, goals, experiences, learnings, etc.
But don’t make it sound like a journal.
What is the outcome?
If you practice writing consistently, you will develop a habit of writing. Further, if you have been struggling to find writing ideas, you won’t anymore.
Once you start writing frequently, the ideas come naturally. You will begin to see the world as a sea of writing ideas. Wherever you go, whoever you meet, and whatever you do, the ideas are there.
With time, your writing will also improve…a lot.
So, all you have to do is start writing and workout those muscles. The results will surprise you.