We are writers correct? That means that we are inclined to write.
I always make it a point to write everyday. Doesn’t matter if it’s only a few paragraphs, or a single page, or even a few lines, it’s important that you write. It’s important to stretch your writing muscles on a daily basis just like it’s important to stretch your body muscles before you begin your day; it helps you to become more physically charged and active throughout the day. Likewise, writing even a few lines each day helps your imagination broaden, acquire perseverance, and formulates a habit of writing constantly which is imperative once you begin a more complex and bigger projects – like writing a book or a thesis.
So, how to be able to write everyday? How to be alerted of this notion that you’re bound and endowed to write something every day of your life?
It’s easy, develop a habit of maintaining a ‘Writing Journal’.
This writing journal is specifically bound and constricted to ‘WRITING’ only. However, writing comes in various different kinds. There could be fiction writing, story plotting, character development, and multitudes of other writing areas which I don’t want to get into right now, but you’re probably familiar with them. This writing journal will be your comprehensive guide to all of that. You can work on whatever aspect of writing you want in there; the important and the most imperative part of this process is that you WRITE EVERY SINGLE SAY without fail.
Now, perhaps having a digital notebook would be easier, right? Well, I would suggest against it. Not because I have a problem with it, but because anything digital or with a screen these days is bound to comprise some sort of distractions within its system – may it be games, YouTube, Twitter, or simply surfing the net. The point of maintaining a physical writing journal is to deviate from these distractions and to penalize your time specifically for your writing – nothing else.
“We’re not as free as you may assume!” some of you would be thinking. And I agree! No one’s that free. But let’s face it, if you don’t write every day then you’re not flexing your muscles enough. What happens when you don’t flex your muscles and suddenly make them do an arduous task? You either fail or end up feeling sore for the rest of the coming days.
That’s exactly how it is with writing…just worse.
If you don’t acquire and maintain the habit of writing everyday then your imagination would end up being constrained as it is incapable of stretching its muscles as far as it would like to. This would result in writer’s block, repeated stories, already choreographed characters, and absurdities which would just make you delete you document in the end.
All in all, it would make you want to give up on writing in general. And that would result in you feeling miserable, because writing is what you wish to do right? That’s who you are, you’re a writer.
Another benefit contrived from this practice is that you have all of your writing in hard copy, which means that you don’t always have to open your ‘screens of distraction’ in order to access your writing documents. This saves a lot of time and helps you steer clear from those mouth-watering notification and ‘likes’ you just received from strangers you didn’t have a clue existed.
What it also does is that it helps you go through your writing and witness and analyze your own progress. Writing by hand is still the best and the most traditional way to go about and statistics have proven that writing by hand allows the writer to move on without the itch of looking back and editing their work. This is beneficial because the first draft is always supposed to be a tornado of thoughts. It’s meant to bring about that which is inside your head onto a paper for you to discern what you want to portray or convey to your readers. Once that is done, then you’re enroute to the egregious task of cutting, scathing, and cancelling out the words, sentences, even paragraphs which seem absurd, invalid, and/or irrelevant to your writing subject.
I have been practicing this process for almost a year now and trust me it has helped me a lot into evolve as a writer. Also, my writing journal has been a pensive for all of my writing ideas and plots which I hope to write someday. Even if they don’t end up into the public domain, atleast I’ll be consoled with the fact that it’s on paper, in my journal, where I can re-visit it and remember that I had an idea as such sometime ago.
My last advice to all you writers out there…WRITE!