Updated: Feb 21
Another year has started, and many of you may be thinking of going back to that one thing you love the most—writing. It may come as a hobby, a career, or a passion for you, but writing is one of the best ways to express yourself—a form of therapy to collect memories or simply an art of expression. However, this comes with a challenge of being consistent.
Every creative person has a different set of writing skills and an approach to consistently write every day. Nonetheless, we have listed down tried-and-tested ways that can help you develop a good writing habit so that you can scribble your ideas all-year-round.
You cannot focus if your mind is cluttered with many things. Make it a habit to keep your body and mind aligned before writing. A 15-minute meditation, a short walk, or a warm cup of coffee or tea can make your mind focused before you internalize your topic and squeeze those creative juices.
2. Set your intention and schedule.
In writing, it is a must to identify your ‘end game’ for it. Ask yourself, “What do I want to achieve in writing?” Awareness about what you want to achieve can make you become more focused on the task. It is also crucial to set a specific time of the day to write. Developing a schedule and sticking to it can help you improve your writing skills, prioritize things, and manage your time well.
3. Find your sacred place.
It is more convenient to stick to one writing ritual each day if you have your own nook set up for your scribbling schedule. Although writers have different preferences for writing space, you may start looking for a private, quiet, and well-lit space to give you an impactful writing experience.
4. Read and observe.
To be an effective writer, you must read to improve your skills. Be observant of the different materials you read for you to have fresh perspectives and new ideas. Through this, you will discover and learn from the tone, voice, and writing style of other writers.
5. Pen it down in your journal.
You can follow many mind-conditioning tips to effectively develop a writing habit, but if you fail to write anything down, it’s all useless. Make it a habit to write any words or ideas that come to you in your notebook. It can also help if you start writing every day in your journal, where your thoughts are safe.
6. Be kind to yourself.
You might have probably experienced writer’s block, or those times when you find it hard to convey or express your thoughts. Do not punish yourself. Allow yourself some room for you to rest and recuperate from being overwhelmed. Self-talk is also encouraged so that you will not feel that writing is a responsibility rather than a passion. This will help you avoid feeling burned out.
Written by Gerylyn Basa
About the Writer:
Gery is a freelance writer who works as the sole Content Writer / Copywriter for a famous and luxurious beauty and aesthetics clinic in the Philippines. Her works have been published in various lifestyle/fashion print and digital platforms. She dreams of becoming an author.