“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”― Maya Angelou
The value of writing daily
There are as many styles and habits in writing as there are people who wish to write. To others, writing is something that they do whenever they need to express something they couldn’t otherwise verbalize. To others, writing is a tool for healing. Still to some, it is their very means of livelihood, both a passion and a way of life.
While it may not apply to everyone, writing every day is something many writers aspire to.
Here are just some of the benefits of writing daily:
It hones your skill
Practice still perfects your craft. If you wish to improve in your area of interest, you need to master it by devoting quality time for it each day.
It keeps your passion alive
Writing is an endeavor that requires the heart and mind of a person. To keep the flame of one’s passion alive, one must not neglect it for long.
It keeps the interest of your readers
To avoid losing your followers, you need to provide your readers with something fresh to read every day.
It helps promote your products
Many writers use blogging and other platforms to promote their books, online courses and other products. Writing daily gives your products a chance for better exposure.
It helps you connect with more people
Writing daily helps more people to find your work. You connect not only to your old followers but also to new readers, to publishers and to agents that may find interest in what you do. It can also help you find other writers with whom you could make collaborative projects in the future.
It helps you discover new directions in your writing
Your career in writing can be an exciting one. As you continue to write and to enhance your skills, you may discover other areas of interest that could move your career to the next level. Perhaps you will discover that you are good at technical writing. You may also want to pursue writing a science fiction book or a screenplay.
Two simple methods for writing daily
If you believe that you are one of those writers who could benefit from writing every day, you may find two very simple methods to assist you in your endeavor:
Just write. It’s as simple as that. Forget your fears. Let go of the critic within and just write.
Write about the first thing you thought about. Write about what you’re feeling at the moment. Write about your difficulties in writing. Just write.
If you still find it hard, imagine you’re talking to a friend or to a housemate. When you’re with true friends, you don’t edit yourself, you don’t try to find the perfect word or to check your grammar. You just start to express yourself. You talk because you want to connect with someone.
“The scariest moment is always just before you start.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
If you still find it hard to write without anything in mind, begin your day by trying to find inspiration for your writing.
Listen to classical music to set the mood, or listen to a love song to help you remember memories that could ignite your motivation to write.
You can also go for a short walk and just listen to the silence around you. Let nature inspire you and move you within.
If you need something more physical to wake up your senses, you can exercise first. Try to find something to activate your mood.
Some people, on the other hand, find inspiration just when they’re most relaxed. Maybe you can take a hot bath as you try to enter a sense of calm and serenity.
Don’t give up
The secret to writing daily is a strong will to pursue it even if you don’t find visible fruits at the beginning of your journey. You must not give up.
Just write or find some inspiration to motivate you. Watch a movie or read a book. If you find something that interests you, write as though you’re merely writing for yourself. Start a journal if you wish. Soon you will find that writing itself will give you inspiration. Write to inspire and to be inspired. Be inspired so that you could write and write some more. There is no better way but to persist each day. Never give up!
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”― Ernest Hemingway