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You have seen plenty of articles discuss the benefits of daily writing. Yet, I'm sure few, if any, have told you how to get into daily writing. First, what about writer's block? What's the schedule? Where is the inspiration?
I will answer these questions and more. Here is how you can get the daily writing habit. Let's get to it!
First, Writer's Block!
In the writing community, everyone has their own cures for writer's block. It's not too unlike mother's having a recipe for a common dish, saying theirs is best. So, I will begin this section with a similar statement.
Yes, their cure for writer's block is alright, but mine is the best.
I have a mixed bag of cures for writer's block, because there are several kinds. First, there is partial writer's block, where you writer, but not much. There is a basic writer's block, where you sit down and your hands hover over the keyboard. Finally, there is the fatal writer's block, where you can't even open the writing software you use.
For all degrees for writer's block, I have a cure. These I have shared with my students, each had rather amusing results. Yet, all returned to their writing.
For partial writer's block, I prescribe a break for planning. With partial writer's block, you lack the collective thoughts that drive the story. Lack of planning creates partial writer's block. These writers receive partial writer's block in the beginning or near the end of their story. In which case, it would be best to take a moment and structure your thoughts.
For basic writer's block, I prescribe one word an hour. Not a page, a paragraph or even a sentence. A single word will soon get you back into the flow. One word is not much of a challenge and after than one word you can walk away for an hour. Not bad, right? Well, with that one word down, you grease the gears of creativity. Where do you go next? What is your next word? Most writers who use this method will end up writing more than one word, thus curing themselves.
Finally, for the fatal writer's block. The writer's that terrifies writer's as they wonder if they will ever return to writing. Don't fret, you will. The cure for this writer's block is a more tough-to-swallow pill. You will need to forget about writing and focus on something else. You are pressuring yourself if you keep thinking about it. Give yourself some space, do some other work. It will take you back to your centre and then you can find the nerve to write again.
When you do, jump straight into it. No planning, only start writing. Planning can come later, but planning before is only returning that pressure. Don't think when you reach this point, only write. Use whatever you have on hand as well. Even if you end up writing in the sand with your foot, you are writing again.
Daily Writing is Possible, But...
You can write every day. That much is no problem to get into. Even if you only writer somewhere around a hundred words a day, you are still writing daily.
The difficult part is to keep the daily writing streak going.
Those who have been writing every day know that there will be times where you don't even get the chance to type a word. It is an active world and it is easy to get caught up in other activities. With that in mind, you need to stop fooling yourself on the meaning of daily writing.
Daily writing is a habit that is difficult to keep going, so in that sense, don't expect you will. You will have other responsibilities one day, so writing must come second to them. That said, there are some steps you can take to prolong your daily writing streak.
WHEN Should You Write?
Big question to ask, trust me. If you ever what the ideal time for writing is, here is your answer.
Yes, generally, the best time to writing is in the evening. It is this time where people are at their most creative. Thus, it is the best time for an artist to paint or for a writer to writer. Yet, if you are far from being a night owl, straight after you wake up works as well.
Yet, during the day is the worst time to writer. During this time your mind is the most slow when it comes to creativity. If you are writing only around this time and are wondering why, well, there it is. Schedule your writing times for these two periods of the day and you are likely to write more.
WHAT Should You Write?
The daily writing habit is best suited for blogging and writing articles. Some say it is ridiculous to write a novel when you are not inspired. Generally, that is how most novels are ever going to finish. Inspiration is fickle and most can't afford to write only when it hits.
I find that if you are ever growing tired of a novel as you write it you should write something else. Not forever, of course, but until you decide to return to your larger piece of work. That way you ensure your daily writing habit and make progress in your writing as well.
Daily Writing Benefits
There are an assortment of benefits to daily writing. These benefits work for your writing as well as other aspects of your life.
Daily writing helps...
- focus your mind
- keep you productive in other activities
- benefit your work flow
- create clear stories
- manage stress by bringing structure
With all this in mind, it is understandable that the writer's wish to write daily. You write more and what your writer becomes more structured with time. In short, writing daily is what trains a writer. Helps a writer understand the fundamentals and tackle more advanced aspects of writing.
With that, I will end it here. I hope this article gives you enough information on the steps you can take to become a daily writer. Trust me when I say it isn't easy for most, yet the first step is always the hardest.
That step is starting.
Thank you for finishing this article. I had a lot of fun writing it and I hope you truly enjoyed it. There are many things you will learn from the writing experience and the 150 above are only a few.
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Matthew Dewey, Writer
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