Ten Benefits of Writing “Something” Everyday

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Writing is a part of everyday life. It is an unavoidable part of your day. From writing emails, to making shopping lists, different forms of writing make up a large part of our communication with others, as well as ourselves.

Aside from these everyday writing tasks there are many reasons to make a writing session part of your daily routine. Be it. blogging, journaling, or just some quick notes on how you feel, the benefits of writing can reach deep within your soul.

Ten Reasons You Should Write Something Everyday;

  1. Release Stress – Daily writing is a great way to release the stress that has accumulated throughout your day. Whether you are writing in a journal and confronting the stress head on, or making a joke of it on your blog, getting the words on to paper will release the stress from your mind and body helping you to relax.
  2. Produce Ideas – The more you write the more you will find to write about. Daily writing helps you to generate ideas for the future by expanding on things you have already written. This is especially useful if you are writing for profit, you can take a small piece of something you wrote at an earlier time and elaborate on it in the future, creating new content with little effort. Your mind will automatically start to produce new and exciting ideas the more often you write, knowing that those ideas will be released on to paper and sent out into the world to change and grow.
  3. Clear Your Mind – Hand in hand with releasing stress, your mind collects a large amount of clutter each day that needs to be released so that it does not weigh you down and turn into stress. Journaling, blogging, or simply writing notes about how you feel is a simple and effective way to rid you mind of this clutter so you can start each day fresh and ready to face new adventures.
  4. Confront Your Emotions – Emotions can some times be difficult to deal with, and even more hard to understand. It may sound strange but often times even we don’t truly know how we are feeling about something until we decide to face it head on and break it down bit by bit. Bottling up your emotions can be exhausting and is actually bad for your health. Writing can help you get those feelings down on paper so that you can access how you really feel about a situation. Free writing is a great exercise to help you release your feelings without thinking them through first. Sit down with a piece of paper and let your feelings flow, don’t worry about thought or form, just get it out on paper and take the time to access the words at a later time.
  5. Learn Something New – Writing requires a large amount of thought, and often entails research. Each and every word you write can teach you something new. Whether it is a new subject that you have to research for an article, a new voice for a story, or just something new about yourself, writing is a great tool for learning and should be utilized often.
  6. Get to Know Yourself – Just as writing can teach you about new subjects, it will also help you to learn about yourself. Even through writing about other topics you will find that pieces of yourself seem to turn up in your writing. If you are looking for a more direct approach to get to know yourself better opt for a journal or diary. Blogs and other writing forms are also great tools, as following your thought pattern will teach you how you think and what you feel.
  7. Escape the Chaos – Daily writing can be an easy escape from the world around you. After a long day at the office or home with the kids we are often looking for ways to unwind. Writing in a journal, or posting to your blog is a great way to get centered and enjoy some time alone. Settle in a comfortable quite area and let your mind relax, enjoy the silence and the words that you produce. Writing is an art, appreciate it.
  8. Form a Habit – Studies show that it takes 21 days to form a habit. What does this mean for you? Well if you hope to grow and succeed in your writing you must do it on a regular basis, thus if you can make it a habit for 21 days straight it will become a part of your everyday routine. It is easier to aim for success with good habits already in place.
  9. Change the Way You Think – Once you are writing and producing pieces of any form you will start to notice a change in the way that you think. There is something about having to look critically at what you have written that helps to open your mind and change the way you think.
  10. Live Your Dreams – You are here reading this because you obviously want to write. It is clearly a dream that you are hoping to make a reality… So live it. Even if you are living it little by little each day, grab your dreams and live it, in any way you can!

Easy Ways to Incorporate Writing in to Your Daily Routine

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Often times we feel that it is pointless to sit down and start our writing unless we have the time to finish an entire piece. The truth is that an award-winning novel is not written in an afternoon. Every spare moment you dedicate to your writing adds up, even if all you can spare is 10 minutes a day, those 10 minutes can make the world of difference over time, generating ideas and adding to your portfolio.

Time Goes Fast, Don't Let Your Creativity Pass!

Here are some easy ways to incorporate writing in to your daily routine a few minutes at a time;

  • Open Your Eyes to Writing – Set your alarm a bit earlier each day and take some time to write first thing in the morning. By writing in the early hours you will have the benefit of peace and quite, as well as a fresh clear mind that is focused on your writing before the stress of your day begins. It is a great way to add routine to your writing and make a habit of writing each day. Plus, dreams can often be a great inspiration, so if you happen to remember what you were dreaming about you may be able to use that in your writing.
  • Get It On, On-the-Go – If you commute to work by bus or train you may be missing out on a great opportunity. Writing while you commute to work can easily add to your writing and help pass time as well. Bring your laptop or a note pad with you and jot while you travel. Use other passengers as inspiration and write about where they might be heading based on how they appear.
  • Creative Espresso – Your coffee break at work is another excuse to write. Sit down with your coffee and get creative. That few minutes can produce some great ideas that would otherwise be forgotten during the hustle and bustle of the day. The pick-me-up energy from your coffee should help get your gears going too.
  • Kick It Up in the Kitchen – How often do you pace around while dinner is cooking? Take this time to jot down ideas or work on a piece you have already started. The comfort and creativity of cooking may spark your imagination as well. Keep your note-book close at hand and write while you’re stirring the spaghetti.
  • Go Commercial – Use the annoying commercial breaks during your favorite show as an outlet for your creativity. Have your laptop or notebook beside you on the couch and tune out during commercials to get creative. Even if it is only a quick thought or another line in a story it all adds up in the end.
  • Dump Your Day – Writing before bed is one of the best things you can do for your mind, body and writing.  Often times the stresses of the day take their tole on us, taking some time each night when the house is quite and the chores are done to focus on your passion will allow you to relax and unwind before calling it a night. Starting out with a simple note about your day is an easy way to get yourself going and may lead to more creative ideas.

Every second you spend writing adds up in the end, jotting down thoughts, ideas and even sentences throughout the day will give you a foundation for your writing when you have the time to take a seat and concentrate for a longer period. Carry your notebook or laptop with you where ever you go and keep track of any ideas that cross your mind, or find a few minutes to work on a piece that you have already started. Relying on your memory to keep track of creative ideas is like looking for a needle in a hay stack, with the abundance of thoughts that flow through our minds daily it is almost impossible to remember one quick contemplation that occurred in passing. Having a notebook or specific computer file handy to write when the time is available is an easy way to grow and succeed as a writer.

Get In The Zone!

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I have discussed how using prompts, creating a routine, and tackling your writer‘s block will help you improve your writing, but more important than just deciding to write is actually writing. In order to be able to produce usable pieces, and personally feel accomplished in your writing, you must find your “writing zone!

Your ‘Writing Zone’ is the place inside your mind that gets you on a roll. It is that moment when nothing else around you matters, and you are solely focused on finishing the task at hand (a.k.a. your current piece of writing) Being able to easily slip into this ‘writing zone’ is a quality that will dramatically improve your writing, and save you endless amounts of time. (and possible frustration)

There are four main points to consider regarding your writing zone. These four points are place, time, mindset, and goals.

The ‘write’ placeFinding the right place to write will make a huge difference in the quantity, as well as the quality of your writing. Aim for a place that is quiet and clutter free, an office space that is separate from the main area of the house can be a good option to avoid distraction. Opt for a space that if free from the interruption of everyday life such as children, or television, so that you can stay focused on your writing.

The ‘write’ timeChoosing when to write is another consideration that can greatly impact your writing. It is best to choose a time that is, again, free from the distractions of home, or work, life, and best suits your level of creativity. Trying to squeeze writing in at a time when you are not going to be able to focus on that alone is often pointless. If you plan to write seriously you need to set aside time specifically for writing. It is also important that you choose a time when you are feeling creative, don’t try to write early in the morning if you are the type that can’t function first thing, opt for a better hour when your mind is ready, and the ideas are abundant.

The ‘write’ mindset – Time and place are only half the battle, you can have the perfect area, and the perfect time of day, but if your mind is not ready to write, you are not going to accomplish a thing. Preparing your mind to write is one of the hardest, but most beneficial things you can do as a writer. How exactly do you prepare your mind for writing? Well the answer differs for each writer, but the basics remain the same; you must first clear your mind of any clutter and forget the problems of the day. Ignore your To-Do lists, your laundry, or the argument you had with your husband last night and focus solely on your writing task. You must have a relaxed mind, and body, that is ready and prepared for the challenge of writing, and nothing else. For some this means meditation, for others it can be something as simple as a cup of tea, or a quick read. You have to find the thing that most relaxes your mind and utilize it as a tool.

The ‘write’ goal – The last, and most important, point to consider when trying to find your writing zone is your goals. Having a goal in mind is a great way to gear up for your writing challenge. You may decide to set a numerical goal, some writers will sit down to write and decide that they are going to write 500 words, they get focused and begin writing and they don’t stop until they have reached that goal. When setting a goal you must keep an open mind, if you decide to write 500 words, write them. Don’t worry about perfection, or editing, focus on your goal of 500 words for the moment. You can set a goal to edit those words at a later time. It is also important that although you have set a serious goal, you don’t take this goal too seriously, if there is no possible way you are going to be able to write 500 words don’t beat yourself up, do what you can for now and come back to it later. Sometimes goals are unachievable, this does not mean you have failed, it simply means that you have learned a lesson. Remember every word you are able to write is an accomplishment, celebrate that and forget about the ones you need to write later. Keep your goals small and easy to achieve, and remember to reward yourself for a job well done no matter what the outcome.

Every writer has a different routine, or preference, when it comes to ‘getting in the zone.’ Experiment with different techniques for relaxation and focus, finding the perfect fit for you can take some time. When you do find something that works, stick with it. Making a regular routine for your writing will help your mind prepare for the task.

Most of all enjoy the time you spend writing, don’t stress out over perfection, simply enjoy your skill and passion. In time you will find what works to get you in your zone, and your creativity will flow freely.

Time to Become a Writer…

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Every writer, parent, and person, would probably agree, that it would be a wonderful world if we were all equipped with the ability to make time stand still. It seems that there are never enough hours in the day to complete the tasks on our To-Do list, let alone those items that tend to pile up on your list of ‘Writing To-Do’s’. With the time it takes to complete your daily chores, work related tasks, and family/personal responsibilities, finding the time to sit down and write can be futile, and often gets pushed to the back burner of our priorities without much thought. Since most of us do not have the luxury of a universal remote that grants us the ability to pause reality, and sit down in silence, we as writers must make the time available if we wish to succeed in our field. Time management is a valuable skill that separates the ‘hobby’ writer from the serious one; though no one will ever be able to say they ‘ more than enough’ time to write out every idea that comes to mind, there are some simple tips in time management that will help you create  more of the time you need in order to take your writing to the next level;

  • Stick to a schedule. Most people have some sort of day planner, and if you don’t you should purchase one immediately. Whether you carry around a big black book, write your responsibilities on your calendar, or enter them into your iPhone, scheduling time to write is a great way to incorporate writing into your daily life. When something is written on our schedule we are less likely to renounce it; so pull out that calendar and pencil in some writing time. Even if you can only manage small blocks of time here and there, taking that time to write on a regular basis will help you to create a habit, and be a more ‘productive’ writer.
  • Spread the word. Tell your friends, family, neighbors, strangers, and pets that you plan to start writing regularly. This concept works the same way for any goal you plan to tackle, as with losing weight, or quitting smoking, when you involve other people you are less likely to slip up because; a) other people are likely to inquire about your progress, to which you will feel obligated to provide a response and b) it is a lot harder to provide pathetic excuses to other people than it is to tell them to yourself. In a sense it will force you to write, and the fact is that the more you write the better.
  • Clock your creativity. For some people the most creative time of day comes at the crack of dawn, for others the wheels in their head start turning late at night when the stars are out, and the world is silent. Whatever time of day best sparks your creative peak, pick that time of day to write. If this means that you have to leave the house, or find a friend to help you with the children, then so be it, enlist the help you need to get the job done when the inspiration is available. Though I often advise people that the key to successful writing begins with quantity rather than quality, and you should at least make an attempt to write even if you don’t feel like it, those moments that you do feel inspired should be captured.
  • Put an end to procrastination. The main reason for work not being completed is procrastination, especially when it comes to writing. We all find reasons to avoid sitting down to write. Blame it on work, the kids, or the pile of dishes. Perhaps it is the fact that you haven’t slept in 7 years, or that the 12 loads of laundry beside the washer and driving you mad… You can come up with excuses until the cows come home… The fact is that; the kids, the chaos, and the laundry will still be there later, but a good idea can disappear into thin air in a moment. In order to be effective in your writing you must learn to put an end to procrastination. Don’t make excuses, don’t spend an hour checking your emails before deciding that it is too late to start writing now, don’t say ‘I’ll do it later’ anymore, you must write if you want to be a writer. So stop procrastinating, sit down, and just do it!

No matter what your schedule, or situation, if you want to be taken seriously as a writer, you need to take writing seriously. Often people are uncomfortable accepting, and admitting, that they are ‘writers‘. Perhaps it is the unrealistic perception that society has about writers. People sometimes believe that anyone who calls himself a ‘writer’ sits at home, plays on the computer, and lives an easy life…. Well get over it! People are always going to think that way, someone is always going to giggle when you say ‘I’m a writer’, if you let their outlook affect your writing you are never going to become the writer you long to be. So instead of making excuses, push your priorities around and make writing a part of your daily life… Just as you would change you habits for your children’s happiness, change your habits for your own happiness. Practice your time management skills, and become the most effective writer you can be.

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