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Create a Habit of Writing on a Daily Basis

CREATE A HABIT OF WRITING ON A DAILY BASIS

One of the most important habits that I’ve formed in my life is daily writing.

Without question, writing every day has brought me many great things: A better career, fulfillment, self-improvement, and most importantly, the ability to share my ideas with you, the reader.

I wanted to be a writer for a decade before I became one. All it took was a decision. At some point, you have to look at yourself and say, “I’m a writer.” And then, start doing your job by writing every day.

I recommend that to everyone because of these 5 reasons:

  1. Better self-discipline
    Living a life of pleasure is simple. Everyone can “Netflix and chill.” It’s easy to “hang out” all the time. But those easy things will not give you inner satisfaction. The reason that we don’t do anything useful with our precious time is that we lack self-discipline. But when you write every day, you strengthen your discipline. You can use that better self-discipline to achieve virtually anything in life.
  2. Improving you persuasion skills
    Writing is nothing more than persuading the reader with words. But your tools are limited—you can only use words to tell a story. And when you write for yourself, you’re trying to convince yourself of your own thoughts. So the more you write, the better you become at persuasion.
  3. Cultivating self-awareness
    Nothing will help you to get to know yourself more than translating your thoughts into words. When you force yourself to write every day, you automatically become more aware of your thoughts. And self-awareness is one of the most important skills that predict career success.
  4. Better decision making
    Too often, we do something without fully understanding why we do it. Think about it. How often do you answer “I don’t know” when someone asks you “Why did you do that?” That’s the sign of weak thinking. Sure, we don’t know everything. But we must aware of that too. And when you write about your decision-making process, you will automatically become more aware of the “why.”
  5. Seeing the power of compounding in action
    When you do something every day, you don’t notice any difference at that moment. You think, “Where are the benefits?” But when you keep doing it for a long time, the positive effects compound. Writing every day will demonstrate the power of compounding like very few other things can.

To be honest, there are many other benefits to writing every day. It’s great for reflection, dealing with anxiety, coming up with new ideas. On top of that, you can use writing to inspire others or achieve your goals.

“That’s great and all. But how do you even form a daily writing habit?”

Here are 4 tips that can help you with that:

  1. Read & study
    Start by stealing other people’s writing styles. Stealing is an effective way to develop your own style. Plus, when you can steal ideas, you can never use the excuse of: “I don’t have any inspiration.” But take the craft of writing seriously. Study it as much as you can by reading books and taking courses/workshops.
  2. Set a daily reminder to write
    Nothing is more important to a writer than having a routine. First, think about what time is the best for you to write. In the morning or evening? Before/after the kids are awake? Then, set a daily reminder on your phone—when it goes off, sit down and write.
  3. Set the bar low
    Your goal is to write only one true sentence. Just one. The beauty of that goal is that the first sentence that comes up in your mind is always the truest of them all. So never say that your writing sucks. Avoid aiming for setting goals like, “I want to write 1000 words a day.” That’s too absolute. Instead, strive for writing one sentence. Then, keep going.
  4. Remove distractions
    Tell the people in your life about your daily writing habit. Ask them to not disturb you during the time you’re writing. I block 1 hour every morning (or sometime during the day). During that time, I put my phone in do not disturb mode, don’t take calls, and don’t answer to messages—I write. I’ve told my family and girl about this too so they don’t disturb me during that time.

Often, people give advice like, “just get started!” And there’s truth in that. Starting is important.

But here’s the thing: Everyone can write for a day—or two, or three. But there are very few people who write consistently for years. But you need to write for a long time to see the actual benefits.

So, I encourage you today, to pick up that pen, begin writing in your journal, or begin typing and creating your own writing style, have fun with it, create something that you feel in your heart and mind. Don’t let anything hold you back. Today is your day. Write, Write, Write!

5 Tips For Writing the First Draft

This is such a great read. I appreciate all this writer had to share with us.
Please enjoy.

Uninspired Writers

It’s been an exciting week for writing! Perhaps the most exciting one of all…

…a huge factor for this was that I finished the first draft of my second novel; Vanishing Act. It’s a VERY rough first draft, that needs not only editing but re-writing. But it’s a first draft none the less.

When I finished the first draft of The City Breathes With Us, I spoke about the Do’s and Don’ts of finishing a first draft…but I wanted to talk about something different this time. I spent about a year writing the first draft of novel one, and less than two months writing novel two. I did things differently, and I’d like to share the tips that helped me below:

1. Don’t expect perfection
No first draft is ever perfect. Hell, no ANYTHING is ever perfect. But the very first draft is so extremely far from perfect…

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The Miracle of Chaos

A weird topic, but a good one at that.

Change ahead sign

As we press forward on this, “Journey”, we call, “LIFE”, we discover that there is only one constant in this world, “Change!”.

If we can accept that fact, then the journey can be a little easier, if we fight against it, we create an avenue of, “Chaos!” in our hearts, emotions and minds.

Yes, change, can be a very unsettling thing, and chaos is never a fun thing to go through, however, if we keep pushing forward through the Chaos, we can actually learn the lesson that was needed, therefore creating a Miracle, as it were.

Merriam Webster Dictionary

The Meaning of the word Chaos from: The Merriam Webster Dictionary

Definition of chaos 

1aa state of utter confusion

Other good Synonyms for the word, “Chaos”,
 confusion, disarrangement, disarray , disorganized.

Yes, Chaos can literally wreak havoc and have a hay day in our hearts and our minds. Everyday, every situation, we are faced with a choice, do we chose to learn from the chaos, and change, or will we chose to learn from what is going on and turn it into an opportunity to learn from what is going on. Usually, when we chose the latter, we have an area of new knowledge and one day, we will have an opportunity to share your experience with someone who is faced with the same type of situation. Yes, that is where the miracle is located. Have the ability to help someone else on a similar journey as your own.

So, yes, we can find a, “Miracle”, from our Chaos.

Where are you on your journey today? Are you choosing to learn from your situation, or are you striving trying to figure it all out, therefore, many times, creating an area of chaos in your heart and mind?

Create a Great Day Everyone!

And:

Have a Happy Holiday Season!

**Create New and Good Memories!**