Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. The rest of us get up and go to work.
– Stephen King
“Do I really have to write every single day?” you may be thinking. “But what if…?”
So many things can get in the way — some we can avoid, others not so easily.
And we’re great at imagining dire and unavoidable obstacles. We’re writers, after all.
And yes, if you miss a day or two here and there, you’re still a writer.
There’s no judging here. We know how challenging it can be (some days more than others) to write every single day.
But that’s the goal – and it’s one, professional writers not only strive to meet but also plan for. Anything you commit to doing every day is something you take seriously.
Anyone who’s had a daily writing habit long enough knows there will be days when it is harder to keep that commitment to your writing.
Because it’s work. And that’s how you need to see it, if you’re going to get anywhere as a writer.
Writers show up and write. Those who want to earn a regular income with their writing make a habit of writing daily.
It’s as simple as it is true, but that doesn’t make it easy. Because there will be days when it isn’t.
Good habits make it easier, though. The habit of writing every day makes you a better writer.
It makes you exponentially more likely to finish writing a book — let alone multiple books — and to actually make a living with your writing.
A daily writing habit can even make you a better person, as well as a more creative and productive one.
It doesn’t have to be a large time commitment, either. Like muscles, your writing skills will atrophy if you don’t exercise them.
But just a few minutes of exercising that writing muscle every day can accelerate your growth as a writer.
You make time for the things that matter to you. So, if improving as a writer and earning a substantial income with it matters to you, make time for daily writing.
If you’re wondering, now, just how to start writing every day, so you can reap the benefits, read on.
- How to Start Writing: Basics of Forming a Habit of Daily Writing
- Repetition is key.
- Set a small first writing goal.
- Use habit triggers to cement action.
- Outline and write down everything.
- Reward yourself when you achieve a goal.
- Don’t compare your daily writing to others.
- Track your writing habit.
- Develop conditions for writing flow.
- Find an accountability partner.
- Writing Idea Incubator
- Ready to Get Started?