Empower Yourself with Daily Writing
It’s a great idea to empower yourself with daily writing. It’s easy, cheap and quick, and is a worthy habit to cultivate for lifelong empowerment and growth. Transcripts are available via links under the videos. Enjoy!
I. 5 Essentials for Getting Started Writing
When I talk to people about writing, people seem to have some common misconceptions. The first one is that it’s a mysterious, sacred sort of process that people are granted because they have some special gifts. And part of the purpose of this video is to show you that that’s only true for people who develop a writing habit. Everybody has to be a beginner sometime, and this is for you, the beginner.
The biggest obstacles that people talk about are lack of time and not knowing what to write about. I’m going to help you overcome both of those obstacles in five easy steps.
The first thing you need is a timer and five minutes. There are lots of theories out there about writing three pages in the morning – that’s what I do – but I didn’t start that way. I started small and doable. I find that a timer is the absolute magic wand for getting your mind off of the timing and how much time you have and what you’re taking away from something else. The timer is like the guardian at the boundary of this beautiful, sacred space that you’ve given yourself. You’ve given yourself permission that you’re going to take five minutes. You can accomplish a lot in five minutes, and you can accomplish a lot more when all you’re doing is that one thing. So let the timer be your guardian. Get a timer, and set it for five minutes.
I start all my writing classes with a five minute writing exercise and the only instruction is, don’t stop writing. Just keep writing. I give a prompt, which is an incomplete thought, usually one word or two words, that gets you started. In the notes, there is a link to a list of some of my favorite writing prompts. And as you develop your writing habit, then you can start to adopt some of your own favorite writing prompts. I use these over and over again. They’re very open ended and non-directive. The whole point is to simply gain access to what is inside.
So that’s the first thing, a timer and five minutes. And of course you can your smart phone, a kitchen timer, but use a physical timer. Don’t just keep your eye on the clock. Set a timer for five minutes, and five minutes is all you need.
The second thing you need is a fast pen. [“Where’s my fast pen?”] This is a not fast pen. It has a lot of drag on the page. It has other wonderful qualities that I love, but if you are going to write and keep up with what’s going on in your head, you need a fast pen. You need something that doesn’t drag on the page, something that feels really good in your hand. If you have trouble holding onto a pen, get a larger pen or get a rubber grippy to hold around the pen. I gave myself tendonitis one year by taking notes in 3-hour long classes with a pencil! Pencils have a lot of drag on the page, a lot of friction. There’s wonderful things about that, just like with a Flair pen. But what I want you to do is find a pen that glides so that there’s no barrier between what’s coming out of your head, down your arm and onto the page. Find that pen. It’s an exercise all of it’s own, just to find your favorite pen. Some people like gel pens, some people like fountain pens. Find your favorite pen. It’s such a good thing to do for you. And if you’re serious about developing a developing into a writer and starting to write, start with a great pen. Start with something you really love. You want to want to pick it up.
And while we’re on the topic, number three is a notebook. There are no rules for the notebook except that you’ve got to want to go to it. You’ve have to want to pick it up. It has to be exciting to you. It has to be welcoming. It has to make you go, “Ooh, Ooh, I want to write in that!” So when you shopping for a notebook – and I definitely recommend that you do not go to the notebooks on your shelf that already have little scribbles in them or take someone else’s and make do, don’t use individual little scraps of paper – buy yourself a spiral bound notebook, something where all the pages are together, you won’t lose them, and if you absolutely have to, you can tear out a page and throw it away, but something that – Look in the kid’s section, look in the section where they have Disney characters or My little Pony, or Wonder Woman, or whatever it is, little stars and planets, whatever floats your boat – and get a notebook that you absolutely love.
I’m looking over here, because I have a whole bookcase full of spiral bound notebooks. I love them so much. And I’ve not ever gotten tired of them in all these years. I buy different colors, shapes and sizes. Buy a notebook that you really love. And here’s the thing. Your pen and your notebook are your special, magic tools ( and your timer), and when you open the notebook, it’s like entering into a safe place, a place just for you to write in. So make them inviting, make them happy things for you. Don’t settle for leftovers. Buy yourself a new pen and a new notebook.
The next ingredient, the next step in getting started writing, is an open heart. And this isn’t something that you can buy. But it’s something that you already have. It doesn’t mean that you always have to feel good. That’s not the point. You want to write whatever’s going on in there, whether it’s tight and crampy, or upset, or excited, or confused, whether you just hit a giant fog bank in there, whatever. The open heart is about allowing yourself, giving yourself permission, to write whatever is true for you. When I write I have only rule and the rule is, “Anything goes.” That’s the rule. It’s the one place where I’m allowed to tell it like it is. I don’t have to be polite, I don’t have to be politically correct, I don’t to be diplomatic. I don’t have to hold back on the things that I would normally not say to my loved ones. I say them in the notebook. So, if you’re going along writing, and you’re in your five minute oasis, and your pen is whipping along, and in your heart is something you need to say, and it’s like OMG, just write it down! The point of having a notebook is you can close it. You don’t have to read it. You can put it away, you can hide it. You can come back to it the next day. Just come back to it. You don’t have to reread what you wrote. The open heart is about allowing yourself.
And this is a good time to mention the Inner Critic. Because it’s going to come up. It’s inevitable. You’re going to hit that voice that says, “What the heck are you doing? You can’t write. You don’t know what you’re doing. You don’t know what you’re talking about. You have no right to write. Who are you to think that you want to be a writer?” And the best thing to do is not to avoid it, not to pretend it’s not happening, but to write it down. Just write it down. And right after you write it down, keep going. Just keep going. You’re going to not finish your sentences, you’re going to just give permission to write whatever’s there. And if what’s there is a bunch of self-deprecating stuff, just write it down. And then if you want to, refute it! Talk back to it. Tell it, “Thank you very much, but go away. Go help somebody else who really needs your help.” Or something. We can talk about inner critic stuff. It’s bound to come up when you open your heart and let yourself write.
Number five is a sense of adventure, because what’s also going to happen is, stuff is going to come up that you’re, like, “This isn’t me. I don’t know who’s speaking here. I don’t know where this idea came from. You’re going to blurt things out. I call them blurts. You’re going to just plop something down on the page: “I hate asparagus. I should get a new job. What the heck am I doing in this town. ” Whatever it is. And, boom, you’re in an adventure. You’re on a new adventure. And your opening up something in yourself. Even if it’s just for five minutes. You’re saying, you know what? Whatever it is that’s in there, that’s coming down, I’m going to just download it onto the page. And I don’t know where it’s going to take me! But I guarantee you, you’re going to be in a different place after five minutes than you were when you started.
But that doesn’t really matter. This is about getting started. So what I want you do: I want you to find a timer, I want you to find a pen and a notebook, and I want you to look at your calendar for tomorrow or today if it’s early in the day, and I want you to decide what five minutes you’re going to take. And I want you to turn your phone off and get unplugged, off line, get off of Facebook, close down the computer – Oh, I don’t want you to write on the computer, not for this. Because this is a physical process. This is yoga for writers. I just made that up!
So here’s what I want you to do: I want you to plan it for yourself. Go to my page of writing prompts and write some of them down, or print it out, and get ready. Set the timer, start writing the prompt and then keep going for five minutes without stopping. Don’t worry about making sense, complete sentences, grammar, punctuation, spelling, propriety. Don’t worry about staying in the lines. There’s only one thing you have to do, and that’s keep your hand moving for five minutes. That’s it.
And then– I’m a one day at a time kind of person – but try it again the next day. And the next day. You could even make a commitment to do five minutes a day for seven days. One week. And see where you are at the end of that seven days. And see if you feel that you have begun writing.
Let me know how it goes for you. You can comment below, on Youtube, or on the blog, send me an email, find me on Facebook, fill out a contact form. If you run into a glitch or something I didn’t think of, point it out to me, and we can take it from there.
Five Essentials for getting started writing: Five minutes and a timer, a fast pen, a blank notebook, an open heart and a sense of adventure.
II. How To Develop a Daily Writing Practice
My big secret to success for pretty much any new habit, is to start it first thing in the morning. That way, nothing else gets in the way. What I do is, I make a big, strong cup of coffee, and I go back upstairs, to this room and I sit in this chair, and I write. I write three pages, and that’s what works for me. Sometimes I write more than three pages if I’m really on a roll when I get to the bottom of the third page, but the minimum is three pages.
When I worked full time, I trained myself to get up a half an hour early, so that I’d have time to do this, because I really wanted to incorporate this into my day. Also, starting first thing in the morning is a great of telling yourself that you’re prioritizing this time for you, prioritizing yourself, prioritizing your time with yourself that will help ground you and help ground your project idea. And I cover that in the next video, “Why to develop a daily writing practice (5 benefits to developing a daily writing practice.)
If you miss in the morning, if you just don’t have time, if you have one of those mornings, you can write after work or write at night time, or – here’s an alternative – bring a notebook and a pen with you, and find five minute chunks throughout the day. so you might be able to grab 5 minutes in the morning while you’re waiting for your coffee or your toast, but that might not be a possibility. But consider doing that instead of checking your email, if it isn’t absolutely necessary to do so. Or grab some time at lunch time: Go to your car, the rest room, a park. Find five minutes and use your phone as a timer, and sit down and write.
And then write again in the evening. You might only get 10 or 15 minutes in this way, but definitely write before you go to bed. Try to go for 15 minutes or a half an hour, whatever it is that you’re shooting for, but try to do it before bed. Here’s why: You’re going to end up downloading and dumping your whole day onto the page, and that’s great, because when you get up tomorrow morning, you’re not going to have that backlog. You will have gone through that once. It will come out again, if it’s still rolling around in your head, but at least you get a chance to start fresh in the morning.
Just keep trying to write first thing in the morning. Do as much as you can without throwing your life into turmoil, and then do a little more at another time during the day, lunchtime or before bed. Actually, this is a slightly different topic, but I have found that writing before bed is a great way to get a good night’s sleep. What I do with that is, I ask myself, “What’s likely to worry me? What’s likely to keep me up? Or what’s likely to wake me up with worry or anxiety?” and I write that down. And that’s a great way of handling overdrive mind and worrisome situations that could keep you awake.
Here are some other tips and pointers: It’s very important to not worry about what you’re writing. I wrote for years and years and years, I’m not exaggerating, decades without worrying about what I was writing. It was simply the act of taking that time for myself and dumping that stuff on the page. It was the best way that I could demonstrate my commitment to taking this time for myself and to discovering who I was. And it just so happened that who I was was a writer. But the same would be true if you were a scientist, an illustrator, a mother, a chef, whatever you are. This is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to that, and to find out what that is. But do not worry about what you’re writing. It’s not about producing finished product.
Some common experiences to have – These are – Many things can happen, including dumping your entire cup of coffee on the floor, which happens to me periodically, and that’s because I’m sound asleep. And what I do is, I go back and make another strong cup of coffee, because I really, really love that first cup of coffee! Every one after that just doesn’t measure up, so I don’t bother with it, but that first cup – I never have gotten tired of it, so I just keep doing it. And it’s really the same with the writing in the morning. I actually never get tired of it, it’s not a chore, it’s not something – People say, oh you’re so disciplined – I actually enjoy it. I really love doing it. At first it was really rough and ragged to get up a half hour early to allow that time, but it actually showed me that there’s lots of time outside of the work day to do what you want to do, if you prioritize it.
The trick is prioritizing it. One of things that can happen is that suddenly everything in the world becomes more interesting than writing. Suddenly it seems absolutely essential that you…fill in the blank: polish the silver, mow the lawn, get in touch with your long lost cousin who happens to be turning 60 today. There’s almost nothing like making a commitment for having everything else suddenly come crowding in. Use that as an opportunity to look at that commitment. And make the commitment.
Every commitment comes with the upside, which is the benefit of the commitment, and that’s what we talk about. The downside is what you are choosing to let go, at least for that moment. You’re actually choosing to let the email go, to not catch up on Facebook, to let the dishes sit in the sink, to call your cousin later and risk actually forgetting. You’re going to miss out on something, or you’re going to feel like you’re missing out on something, and you’re actually choosing to do this anyway.
So just be realistic that when you’re choosing something, you’re not choosing something else. And just acknowledge that, and see what that is. And I would say, if you’re really interested in making a commitment, the best way to strengthen that resolve and to strengthen your will, is to exercise it, to do it anyway. And do what you think is possible, not what you think will be impossible. So if you think five minutes will be difficult but possible, do five minutes. If you think 15 minutes is your thing, is the best you can go for, go for that. You might have to work up to it. You will have to work up to it. Just give yourself the gift to know from experience whether this is the right commitment for you to make, whether you really want this daily writing practice by doing it, rather than deciding in advance that it’s not the right thing. Because if you do that, you may decide it’s not the right thing for you, but you’ll be sure. You’ll have certainty. You won’t be wondering, am I just avoiding that? Was I just afraid of what I might find? Just face it, and do it. And then if you don’t like it, you can stop doing it.
Another likely thing to happen is that big, strong feelings will come up. And this is a lot of times why people don’t want to write. They’re afraid that big, strong feelings are going to come up, and they are. And the thing to do is to write them down, to write right through them and not let them throw you off. Yes, you can grab a tissue, but just keep crying and keep writing. You only need one hand to write with. You don’t need any hands to cry with. Just allow yourself to have your feelings and write them down honestly, and then you can look at them. And this again is what I’ll cover in the next video about why you should write regularly, but I’ll just tell you now, and I’m sure you can imagine, that when you write it down you get a chance to look at it, and it starts to change. It goes out of here and it down onto the paper, and it starts to change for you. And you have some agency over what happens with those feelings and that situation.
Don’t forget that the word emotion has the word “motion” in it. They’re meant to move, and a lot times I just write right through feelings, and then they’re gone. Then I’m free from them. And when I read it back later, I get that I was upset, but the emotion has lost its charge.
So just write anyway. There are no wrong feelings. There are no wrong words. This is about allowing yourself to be.
Another common thing to have happen is out-of-no-where brainstorms and inspirations. And the thing to do, of course, is to write them down. And what I do is, I write stuff like that down, and I underline it, and I put a little star in the margin, so I can find it later. And then at some point during the day or the following day, I go back and I look for those stars and underlines, and I see if there’s an action that I need to take. But just write those things down. Write them all down.
Some of my blog posts come right out in my morning writing. The whole thing is right there. Ideas for the name of a book, the idea for a project, the idea for this mastermind group, it all came through my writing. This is my avenue. I’ve created a field, an energetic field. By sitting down every day and doing it, I’ve created a pathway. I’ve created a pathway for communicating with my self, with my higher power, with whatever it is that’s directing all of this, and so: Write it down. It’s a gift.
Another likely thing to happen is big, dry, empty, silent spaces where it seems like you have nothing to say. And the thing to do there is to write that down, and describe what it feels like to be in that place: “It feels like I have nothing to say.” And how does it feel to feel that way? How does it feel to have nothing to say? “It reminds me of the time I….” “I wish I felt….” Just keep writing. Write through that experience. Repeat: “I have nothing to say. I’m empty. I’m tired. I’m blank, I’m blank, I just want to go back to sleep.” Just let yourself keep expressing from that place, wherever you are.
It’s very important – and this is another pointer for succeeding at this – It’s very important to be a safe person to write for. It’s inevitable that your judging mind is going to come in and say, “Whoa, girl, that’s off limits!’ Or, “You sure you want to write that down?” Or, “Whoa, you really feel that way? That’s kind of – something – isn’t it?” Some judgment about it. Guilt. I really shouldn’t feel that way. Well, guess what. Write that down. Write it down: “I’m a jerk for feeling this way.” “Part of me feels like I should just give up.” “Part of me feels like the biggest imposter on Earth.” “I am such an asshole.” Just write it down. Write it down and write right through it. Don’t let it throw you off. It’s just thoughts. It’s not the truth. There’s many truths. It’s not the only truth. Just write it down.
Something else about strong feelings: Here’s a link to a prior blog post I did on this subject. I’d like to read something from that post here:
“When I started free writing, I thought I would never come to the end of self deprecation.” (That is true. I went on and on and on with self deprecation.) “I had tapped a lifetime of pent up feelings that had never been acknowledged or named. I had never had the means to know them. I had to allow them to come out. It was like pulling a shard of glass out of my finger. And then, it was over. I was conversational with myself. I started to discover a voice in there, a sensibility, preferences, a world view, a particular and unique person, neither perfect now defective, but human. I discovered my humanity by writing down everything that was inside me. Those reams of negativity, while I wouldn’t go back and read them today, are precious to me. They represent the painful birthing of a person. They record the process of becoming real to myself.”
Another common thing to happen is, expect your life to change. In the process of becoming real to yourself, of listening to yourself, of expressing yourself, you will realize that you need to do some things. You may need to change some things. You may simple carry yourself differently. You may respond to situations differently out of this newfound connection with the real you. So, you don’t have to tell other people that you can’t stand X, Y and Z, but now you know it, and it’s not a secret from you anymore, so the next time X, Y and Z comes up, you know what to do. You know how to distance yourself, you know that it’s not good for you, and you steer clear.
If you feel you’re in a rut, and this can happen after years or weeks or months or whatever it is for you, of writing, give yourself a new challenge. Learn how to write poetry. Explore a particular topic that is a little bit edgy for you, like addiction or sexuality, or death, or relationships, love, intimacy, something that’s a little bit harder to deal with. Give yourself a writing challenge. Write autobiographically, make up characters, write fiction. Read more widely and imitate what you’re reading. Put yourself in an uncomfortable place with your writing, now that you have navigated that first uncomfortable hurdle of developing a daily writing practice, of sitting down and facing yourself every day and facing your life and facing your reality every day, you might be more comfortable with that process. So now you can put yourself in a little bit more uncomfortable place with your writing.
Right now I’m taking a writing class for the first time since college. I don’t like it at all. Honestly, I don’t like being a class, I don’t like having assignments. And it’s putting me face to face with some insecurities that it’s high time I dealt with. And I’m challenging myself to write fiction as part of my daily routine, which is really uncomfortable. And it puts me right back in that beginner place, which is uncomfortable. It’s uncomfortable to be a beginner. It really is, so start by acknowledging that. And happy discovering to you!
I hope this helps. And I hope that if you have any questions, maybe you’ve tried daily writing before and it hasn’t worked out for you. I hope that you’ll put that in the comments. Ask your questions in the comments. Answer me this: What would it take for you to be twice as satisfied as you are right now with your writing? What would it take? What have you encountered? What are your obstacles? We can have an ongoing discussion about this. I’d love to know what’s on your mind about this, and if you decide to do a daily writing practice, let me know how it’s going. What are you hoping for, what are you getting out of it?
Okay, that’s this video. Stayed tuned for the next one, 5 Priceless Benefits of a Daily Writing Practice. Okay, get writing : Get your fast pen, your notebook, get your timer, find your place, make your commitment and start today!
III. 5 Priceless Benefits of Daily Writing
Hi everybody, it’s Phyllis here with part three in the video series about developing a daily writing practice. In the first video, I talked about the 5 essentials for getting started with writing, and in the second, I talked about how to make it a daily thing. In this video I’m going to talk about why. Why you should have a daily writing practice, how it will help you, even if you’re not a writer. A daily writing practice is a terrific tool, used by a many successful people all over the world.
One of the things about a daily writing practice is it forces you to prioritize you, your work, your dreams and your goals. Starting first thing in the morning with a half an hour or an hour, whatever you can do, of writing, re-prioritizes and organizes everything else in your life, and it makes sure that you actually get the time in for this project. And that’s the point of prioritizing: you get the time in that you need to spend, and you put this ahead of other things that might feel more urgent or that are just habitual. And when you prioritize what matters in your life, everything else just kind of takes care of itself. And if it doesn’t take care of itself, then maybe it just falls away. And that is what prioritizing is.
The classic pitfall is to say, “I’ll do this when I have extra time,” or “I’ll fit this in between X and Y,” and, as I’m sure you know, that doesn’t happen. So, in my book, prioritizing it first thing in the day and doing it every day are the two cornerstone habits for becoming effective in whatever it is that you’re trying to accomplish.
The second benefit of daily writing is that you actually find out what your real feelings, hopes and concerns are. You really find out, “Okay, this is what I really feel.” Not only what you’re excited about, and what your dreams, visions, goals and tasks are, but the other side: what you’re afraid about, what you don’t know how to do, this is why I’m not doing this, because of this obstacle, and you write about the obstacle. You find out what’s really going on, not the party line, not what you tell everybody else, but what’s really going on. And that can be anything. And it’s important to know. Everything is important to know, because the more information you can have about your process, the more you can master it.
The fundaments here, as a reminder, touched on in the other videos about how to keep this habit up and how to make it work for you, are: keep writing until the time is up, and to give yourself permission to say anything. That doesn’t mean that you have to do something about it. That’s important. This is a space for listening to yourself. It’s just like listening to somebody in a relationship: You don’t necessarily have to fix it, or do anything. It’s just important that you listen and that the other party feel heard. So, both parties are you, and it’s really important that you witness what’s really going on with you.
The third benefit to writing everyday is that it gives you access to solutions. This daily habit creates a well-worn pathway of communication between what’s inside you and what is out there: ideas, creativity, possibilities, and all the things that you have to draw on to fix and solve things, as well as irrational, unexplainable things like brainstorms and inspirations.
When you sit down and do the same thing everyday, whether it’s practicing the guitar, or writing, or woodworking, whatever those daily rituals are, you are creating a coherent field, a field of energy that gathers momentum, that has intelligence. You’re telling yourself, your unconscious and conscious mind and the Universe – whatever that means to you – that your intention is to sit down and create a laboratory where your dream and vision and business, whatever it is that you’re working on, comes to life. Writing everyday gives you access to solutions to the problems that you’re coming up with.
And just like you don’t have to solve every problem that you write about, you also don’t have to act on every solution that comes up. But if you’ve written it down, then you have it. You have a record of it. You have it. As I’ve said before, when I come up with something like that, I underline it and I put a star in the margin so it’s really easy for me to find it later. And if I’m really compulsive and organized about it, I might, when I go back, if I’ve acted on that, I might actually put a check mark next to it. So when I’m going into my notebook and kind of mining for some of those ideas and things I wanted to act on, if I see a checkmark, I can know that I don’t have to bother with it. It didn’t get left out, dropped out or forgotten.
The fourth benefit to daily practice is that it’s calming. In study after study after study, journaling is an adjunct to all sorts of therapies and is known to help everybody who uses it be more successful in whatever they do. So if it’s weight loss, keeping a journal will help you with that. If it’s post-traumatic stress disorder and trying to get a handle on the triggers, your feelings, your thoughts, journaling will help you with that. If it’s working toward a goal, like saving money or getting a degree, achieving something, learning something new, writing a book, starting a business, journaling helps you achieve that.
And one of the ways it helps is that it puts everything on paper, where it becomes more objectified and you can look at it as if it were someone else’s. You can just look at it more objectively. And when you gain that distance, you can start to see things that you couldn’t see when you were inside your emotional reactions to it. And then you can start to write different endings to the story, different solutions to the problems. You can just play with things. You can say, “Huh! If this person is having trouble with asking this other person out on a date, then maybe she needs to ask a friend to introduce them to each other. “ So, you can begin to gain some distance from things. And it’s calming because you’re not just inside roiling around inside your emotions. Or, expending all your energy into trying not to feel your feelings. You’re putting them down on paper. You’re doing something with them. It’s an action. It’s a powerful action.
The fifth benefit to daily writing is it helps you to change longstanding areas of stuck-ness. And I could probably write a book just on this fifth topic. I’ve been writing everyday for decades now and there are certain things that I’ve found myself writing over and over and over again. And I’m sure that’s not abnormal. I’m sure we all have things we are unhappy with, dissatisfied with, that we wish would change and don’t know what to do about, and we keep writing it down and keep writing it down and keep writing it down.
And the way this change happens is a couple of different ways: We see it. We begin to see, “Oh my goodness, I have this incredible stuck-ness. I have this thing that is just so big to me and it feels like it’s never going to change. And to be able to write about all those feelings, the discouragement, the hopelessness, the feeling alone with it, whatever it is, you can begin to see that there’s a remedy for that, there’s a remedy for feeling alone: I can talk to somebody about it. Maybe that’s a new idea.
The other thing that can happen is, you have eureka moments. You can see something that you didn’t see before. You just see it. That happened for me with my addiction. For years I thought I was helping myself. I thought I was managing my anxiety and depression by taking substances, because they seemed to help for a long time. They seemed to be helping for a long time, and then they stopped helping, and I was miserable. And it took me a while to figure out that, oh the reason I’m miserable now is, I’m taking these substances. And I had to write about that a lot before I could see it. But then I had a eureka moment about that, that this thing I thought was helping so much is actually hurting me.
The other kind of thing you write a lot about is things you feel you must do, the never-ending cosmic, lifelong to-do list. Again, when you see something over and over and over again, at some point you’re going to look at that and you’re going to say, “I’m going to get to the bottom of this, because I’m tired of writing this down, and I’m tired of having it take up space in my head. I’m tired of having this here, because it’s taking away from what I’m trying to accomplish in life. And the fact that I’m not doing it and feel that I should be, is a conflict that I’m going to deal with.”
And you’re going to deal with it in one of two ways. You’re going to realize it’s not really something you need to do at all. It’s just something somebody told you you need to do, or you really do need to do it, and you’re going to make a commitment and a plan get it handled and get it done. Those are the two possibilities there.
You could say, well I’m not going to write about this any more, but that’s not really realistic, and it’s self-defeating, because you’re trying to create a space where you see what is, where you see it in black and white, so that you can deal with it. And that’s ultimately a lot more powerful than saying, “This one topic is off limits because I’ve complained enough.” (Unless of course you’re just complaining for the thrill of it!)
So that’s it! Those are the five priceless benefits of having a daily writing practice. I think it would behoove you to do this. I encourage you to get up every morning, close the door, sit down, and give yourself the time, and lay it out on paper where you can see it and gain mastery over it, whatever it is. Have a place, a plan and begin to develop that well-worn pathway, so that you become your own mastermind. You want to become your own source of creative and generative ideas and energy, new products and programs, new works of art, new songs, or whatever new material need to create.
I hope this inspires you to at least try it. And if you do have a daily practice, or if there’s something I’ve left out as a benefit, please share your wisdom with us in the comments.