How To Start a Daily Writing Habit

Creating a daily writing habit is something a lot of us want, but end up shelving the idea for one reason or another. My guess is it’s because you’re thinking, “What’s the point?” While I agree that writing can be a lot of thankless work at the start, it does have its rewards.

Why Should You Build A Daily Writing Habit?

  • Writing daily makes you communicate better. When you write daily, you become better at organizing your thoughts and expressing them.
  • Writing gives you perspective. When you write, you’re forced to think about you reader, not just yourself. You gain a better understanding of people and their motivations.
  • Writing allows you to reflect. We all need to be more mindful these days. Writing allows you to stop, ponder, and assess the world without distraction.
  • Writing brings out your “why”. The best type of motivation comes from within, that much we know. If you want to create a writing habit, you’ll need to unearth that “why”. Not only will you learn more about yourself, you’ll also develop grit and resilience.
  • Writing makes failure comfortable. Writing is not about perfection. It’s about putting ideas out in the open, getting feedback and fixing the problems the next time around. Sure, it can be scary, stressful, and messy. But that’s all part of your growth as a writer and as a person.

As you might have noticed, we didn’t talk about writing to be a bestselling author or a top blogger. No, writing is first and foremost about yourself. It makes you feel at ease with yourself and your thoughts. Once you’re comfortable with who you are, you’ll be able to think better, express yourself more, and interact more meaningfully with others.

Now, here’s how you start your daily writing habit.

How To Start a Daily Writing Habit

  • Have a reason to write. Knowing your “why” is essential if you want to write consistently day in and day out. Why is it important to you? How will it make your life (or someone else’s life) better? And then, when you feel like skipping today’s writing time, put that answer front and center. It’ll give you the boost you need to keep writing.
  • Set yourself up for success. In your calendar, set a meeting with yourself to write. It can be 10 minutes or 2 hours, whichever is comfortable for you. Pick a nice spot where you can relax and be creative. You can even pair writing with your favorite hot beverage. Make writing as fun for yourself as possible.
  • Create reminders. It’s usually the nice-to-haves like writing that fall by the wayside when we get busy, so make sure to remind yourself to write. It might be a calendar alarm, or a phone alert, or even someone else nudging you to write.
  • Start writing. When it’s time for you to write, just write. Don’t think about the grammar, format, facts, or anything else right now. Focus on starting with a sentence or two. Pretty soon, that will snowball into entire paragraphs.
  • Get ideas. If you’re really drawing a blank when it comes to ideas, try using writing prompts. These are random words and phrases you can use to stir up your sleeping brain to write. Get some writing prompts from Tumblr or ThinkWritten.
  • Stop writing. Just as important as starting, you should also stop writing when you feel that you’re out of creative juices. Take a break and do something else to recharge.

If you want to grow as a person, try creating a daily writing habit. You might not become an award-winning novelist, but you will definitely look back and be thankful that you started writing each day.

Learn more about shifting into a growth mindset here.

  • جمال سلامة

    You know, I tried many times to write my daily, but I stop.
    Maybe lazy, haven’t ideas to write or I don’t have the enough reasons to keep writing

    • Jo Savill

      I know the feeling! I’ve also struggled with my daily writing habit, it takes effort to do, and you need a strong reason to keep it up. I see a distinct improvement in my focus from writing daily, and also it gets easier to write over time. I would emphasize “stopping” – give your self a set time limit and stop when you reach it, or your daily writing habit will take too much time. I hope your writing habit sticks this time!