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Writing Tip: Get into the habit of writing every day

May 30, 2012

This month’s writing tip is to get into the habit of writing every day.  When I first developed an interest in creative writing I found this hard to do but having read Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and Walking in this World, I go into the habit of writing ‘morning pages.’  To find the time to do this I had to set the alarm for an hour earlier each day but it was worth the effort.  Below are some of the notebooks which I have filled with flow writing and since been able to mine for poetry and stories .

A selection of writing notebooks  If you are not into flow writing you can adapt this idea by committing a certain amount of time to getting into the habit of writing words to develop your personal writing project every day.   Treat writing as a job, set aside time and space to commit to it on a daily basis and you will soon be rewarded.

Should you hit a block at any stage either keep on writing whatever comes to mind to discipline yourself to keep the words appearing on the page or design a version of the pink box in the photograph.  This is a themed ideas box.  I change the contents according to the course that I am delivering or the project that I am writing but essentially it is full of words or sentences to spark further writing.

Those on the theme of family stories include:

At New Year …

My favourite place …

The best birthday present I ever had …

A first date or first romantic moment …

Different ways I have spent Christmas …

A happy occasion in my life …

On holiday …

Stuck for something to write?  Choose one of the above and write down what comes to mind.  And don’t forget to keep the pen or computer keys going!  Have fun!!!

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3 Comments
  1. Is so agree. Writing every day is a way of flexing and building the muscles of the imagination to make new art out of your thoughts and words.

  2. Great advice – it makes me think I should ensure I write every day (I’m a big fan of Julia Cameron) as I often get side tracked into writing related activities that are not actually writing!

    • It was Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artist’s Way’ that led me to identify writing as my ‘vein of gold.’ I also enjoy exploring writing related activities which enrich creativity.

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