How To Develop A Daily Writing Habit

Writing is one of the most admired and respected artistic mediums. It?s difficult and underappreciated, but when done well, is certainly beautiful.

Writing is generally expected in our daily life ? be it for school, work or personal needs. Some people like to keep journals, others are professional writers and a few write only when it is required of them. Regardless of its purposes in your life, it is generally beneficial to develop a daily writing habit.

Why Writing Is Useful

Aside from being a required skill to have in almost any job, especially if you want to become a professional blogger, the ability to accurately and concisely communicate through the written word is a coveted strength. While it may take time to build confidence in your writing skills, once you do, you will see how valuable an asset it can be to write effectively.

Get Started

  1. Get a pad of paper. It doesn?t matter if it?s a spiral bound notebook or a fancy moleskin journal. As long as it has paper, you are good to go.
  2. Get a pen. Pens are very important to writers. You can pick between blue and black, fat versus thin points, etc. Use whatever feels comfortable in your hand and writes the way you like.
  3. Write. Don?t think, just write. Write about the first thing that pops into your head and, without passing judgment on yourself, allow those thoughts to lead to other thoughts. Just continue this stream of consciousness.

Know Thyself

If you develop a daily writing habit, you probably have found that you understand yourself more as time goes on. This does not mean that you spend all your time journaling about your most inner thoughts, but even writing about how you see the world around you or how you feel about specific topics can give you great insight about yourself. This is one of the best reasons to start a blog.

You may like to discuss politics, pop culture, or economics, and through that writing you learn what you think and feel about different topics. After all, your thoughts and opinions say a lot about who you are as a person.

Once you have begun to habitually write on a daily basis, it is always fun to go back and reread your old work and see how your grammar, vocabulary, writing style and perspective have changed.

If you?re having trouble doing this on your own, try these steps:

  • Jot down ideas. Use a note-taking app on your smartphone or notebook/pen and start brainstorming some ideas for blog posts.
  • Read. Reading other people?s work can be helpful in understanding the creative process. Don?t limit yourself to only that which you know you find interesting. Expand your mind by reading a wide range of subjects. You will never learn anything new if you don?t expose yourself to new concepts, philosophies or ideas.
  • Do your research. Profoundly researching subjects that interest you gives you fuel to keep the fire burning. If you come across a blog post that is particularly stimulating, read 20 or 30 other articles on the subject to get a thorough understanding.

Use Your Brain ? Critical Thinking

Like any brain exercise, writing on a regular basis helps you learn to how to think better. While writing, you analyze and organize the relationships between facts and eventual conclusions. Because of this, the simple act of writing encourages you to evolve your critical thinking skills, which are vital if you want to become a better thinker, speaker and performer. The best part is that the final product may turn into something you can be proud, compelling you to continue writing.

Make time to write. Carve out some time each day to explain some of your strongest feelings, whether it is happiness, frustration, enthusiasm, anxiety, etc. You can start a blog and write about your political leanings, how you feel about religion, new technological advances affecting society, how you would theme a restaurant if you were a chef, or why you feel insecure about certain things in life. Whatever you decide to write about, keep an open mind and express yourself thoroughly. In addition to improving your writing, you will grow as a human being.

Linguistics

Once a daily writing habit is established, you will undoubtedly become a better writer. Your vocabulary becomes richer and you find yourself studying syntax, grammar and punctuation. Building this skill set not only makes the writing journey more exciting, but it breathes life into your words and creates a world in which you can creatively and effectively express yourself.

Just Do It – Write

Write. Ask any professional writer and they will tell you that the only way to develop your writing habit is to write. Write every day, even if it?s only for 10 minutes. Sit down, set a timer and write about anything. It won?t take long before you have a clear picture of where you stand as a writer, and what you need to work on to accomplish your goals.

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