A cup of tea and a journal, used for a writing habit.

The Importance Of A Daily Writing Habit, For Everyone!

Having a writing habit as the core of my daily routine changed my perspective. Here’s why you should do the same!

Ever since making writing and editing my full-time job, I’ve made sure to include some time in my daily schedule for personal projects. This writing habit has become crucial to feeling like I’m actually good with words. I’ve dabbled in a bit of poetry, done some flash fiction, and this past week made some progress on a novel I’ve wanted to finish for years. Whatever the reason, though, I think having a daily writing habit is something that pretty much anyone could benefit from.

A Daily Routine

One way I manage to write every day is by using apps and websites like Daily Prompt, or Reedsy Prompts. Sometimes focusing on the same project for days on end can feel monotonous, and sources like these help change things up just enough to be exciting while still holding onto the daily aspect of my writing habit.
Although I don’t always write at the same exact time every day (usually first thing when I get into the office, but sometimes at the end of my work hours), making it a non-negotiable part of my daily routine is incredibly helpful for me. This was a lot harder when I was also navigating the water of stay-at-home parenting because routines and toddlers are very hard to mesh together well. So with changing our home life recently, my writing habit has become easier to maintain, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible with a more chaotic schedule.

Practical Benefits of a Daily Writing Habit

Keeping those writing muscles in shape

Most famous writers say that keeping up a daily habit is key to their success. Other people say that practice makes perfect. Whoever you talk to, the general consensus is that your writing ability is just like a muscle, and working your muscles on a regular basis is important to keeping them in shape. A daily writing habit is a really great way to do it. My habit is just to choose a direction, set a 15-minute timer, and go for it.

The end of writer’s block

Writer’s block is the absolute worst. I think everyone can agree on that. Something about just having a simple writing habit helps keep the writer’s block at bay though, at least for me. Especially by allowing myself freedom not to work on the same project for days on end and instead, jumping on whatever prompt or idea strikes my fancy helps keeps things interesting. Some days are harder than others, sure, but if the goal is just to get some words down on a page every day, keeping my options open on topics is the least I can do, right?

Endless source of inspiration

Not only does a daily writing habit help keep my notorious writer’s block from becoming a writing rut, but it also gives me an endless source of inspiration. Because I keep my goal as simple as putting words on the page, it means I have a huge stack of possibilities for bigger projects. The other day I read a prompt and got an idea for a character. In my 15-minute writing session, I wrote a detailed character sketch that could easily be the jumping-off point for a short story or even a novel. Not every day brings a fantastic bit of writing with it, but it definitely happens more often than it would have if I didn’t write at all.

Important for Everyone?

One of the less practical and more emotional benefits of my daily writing habit is that it fights back against imposter syndrome. I’m a freelancer and contract worker. Some days I don’t do an awful lot, if any, writing for work purposes. But when writing is always going to be included in my workdays, I can actually feel some pride and legitimacy in saying “I’m a writer!”

I write fiction every day because that’s what I’m passionate about. But writing in a journal, talking into a notes app, freewriting, doodling, and even singing, are all alternatives. It all boils down to making your daily habit into whatever you need it to be. And I think everyone should have something that they make into a daily habit.
My writing habit has quickly become a non-negotiable part of my day. One of these days I’ll write more about how I do it, but if you want to try it out, Self Publishing School has some great tips. I’m not going to sit here and say that 15 minutes a day will change your life, but it makes a big difference in mine.

Posted by Katharine Espinosa

Katharine is a freelance writer, editor, and aspiring author. She loves coffee, chocolate, cats, and riding her horses on the weekends. She lives in rural Texas with her husband and daughter.

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