Beginning the process of writing daily is difficult. That is an unfortunate truth that many people will find as they go down that road. It’s a difficult thing to do and most people like the idea of writing more than the writing itself. Sitting down in front of your computer, with Microsoft Word pulled up and a blank white screen staring back at you is nothing less than daunting.
So let’s take a step back and begin to think why writing is so difficult to start up in the first place.
- You are uncomfortable.
- You don’t have anything to write about.
- You set your goals to high.
These are some of the most common reasons as to why people give up on daily writing. But with a little effort, there are many ways that you can get past these problems. Let’s see what we can do about these conflicts.
To begin the transition to daily writing, you need to set your logistics. What does that mean? It means you need to get to the space where you are most comfortable to write. Pick a time and place to write every day. Try and write in that place and at that time every day. Studies have shown that if you write in the same place and the same time everyday, you can actually hardwire your brain to expect yourself to write. The first few days will be rough, but by the end of the second week, as you settle down to start writing again, it will feel much more natural and comfortable.
A very common problem you will see with people trying to develop a daily writing habit, is that they don’t know what to write about. Whether it’s free writing or starting a novel, its just natural for you to run into writer’s block, especially if you’re new to writing. A little inspiration goes a long way. Look up writing prompts or use writing strategies like morning pages or free writing to get past this stopper. There are millions of resources online that will give you something to write about. Look up prompts that interest you, write them down, and keep them for when you are running into a wall again.
Set an Obtainable Goal
Many people expect to write like Stephen King, 2000 words a day. This sort of writing habit is obtainable only after decades of writing every single day. Instead, start off small and gradually increase your goal. Start with 200 words a day, then after a week of writing, bump it up to 250 and then 300 and then 500. Let your goal progress naturally. Put it in the back of your mind and keep an eye on it. Use the many available resources online that can help you create and maintain your daily writing goals .
Daily writing as a hobby doesn’t have to be difficult. With the right setup and inspiration you too can develop a hobby for writing as well.