Asking all writers: how do you maintain your daily writing habit? (Do you think this post doesn’t apply to you because you don’t identify as a writer? I’m hoping I can change your mind by the end…keep reading…)
I was introduced to the idea of daily writing by three people:
- My former therapist (and continued friend), who is a clinical social worker and certified poetry therapist
- My writing coach and friend
- Julia Cameron, when I read her book, The Artist’s Way
I’ve tried different strategies to try and write daily, and I’m always open to new suggestions.
In the evenings before bed, I pour my thoughts into a plain text field while trying as much as possible to refrain from editing and withholding judgment. It’s not difficult at all; the very first time I did it, it only took me about 15 minutes and I earned a star for not getting distracted. The really cool thing about this platform is that it gives you insights into your writing. Here are some stats from my first entry:
I love the idea of writing daily (or attempting to do so…don’t beat yourself up if it’s a struggle!). Someone close to me has recently become inspired to start writing more consistently, and I’m a firm believer that we find out more about ourselves through writing (especially the writing we don’t intend to share with anyone). For example, I unlocked a truth about my past and how it has affected me in the long run through a writing exercise (I’ll share that exercise in another post).
Don’t believe you’re a writer? Then let me ask you a question: who can write in a diary or journal? The answer is of course anyone, and therefore anyone and everyone can be counted as a writer. I had a hard time calling myself a writer even when I had made significant progress in writing my first novel (coming soon!), because I felt like I needed an impressive portfolio or writing jobs under my belt. Not true.
I’m reading a book on leadership called Spark, and it describes how what we don’t know about ourselves and what others don’t know about us is really our untapped potential. I love this line: “Be open to examining your beliefs about your abilities and exploring your hidden talents.”
I believe in you. And in the words of Katy Perry,
Baby you’re a firework
Come on show ’em what you’re worth