8 reasons to fall in love with daily writing so you have an ‘unfair’ writer’s advantage
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I don’t often feel like writing articles.
But I write an article most days and have been doing so for over a decade.
Consistent writing has created many cool opportunities for me, including driving my monthly income through royalties and product and coaching sales, but also for a continual sense of accomplishment.
I still sometimes need a reminder of why I do this. We all do. No clarity of purpose makes us flicker and dim.
Our writing dies.
So, here are some reasons to fall in love with daily writing:
You learn more about yourself.
Writing is like a portal into self-discovery. The more you write, the more options you get to explore new ways of expressing yourself.
Growing as a writer means developing your voice. It’s constantly evolving.
Writing is not like blabbering your mouth. Thought goes into how you construct and order your sentences. It’s, therefore, more of an art form.
It’s something to be moulded and improved.
Yes, there is some theatre in this, but life is theatre.
None of us have a personality except that which we create for ourselves.
You become a better communicator.
One of the positive side-effects of writing most days for many years was how much better a speaker it made me.
Sure, you can write stuff no one reads. But most people want their words to make an impact and move others. That’s why thought goes into writing.
Writing presents an ideal playground for crafting powerful and entertaining communication because you can hit delete, which you can’t when giving an off-the-cuff talking head video.
Writing forces you to think in ways that promote impactful communication, which will transfer into other forms of communication.
You realise your self-confidence.
Self-confidence, in my view, is merely the absence of self-critical thinking. We are confident by default -- at least in general self-confidence. Writing and following the discipline of writing helps us realise what we already had.
Writing frees us from limitations because it provides space for us to test our boundaries.
When we view each writing session as a success, we can’t help but become confident through consistent work.
Let me first get this straight: Writing is not cathartic (a pleasant stress release) if we write dry crap that takes no courage.
Writing dishwasher instruction manuals is rarely cathartic.
But writing about your challenges and using the piece to discover more about who you are and what you’re capable of - that’s cathartic.
Because we are learning about who we are, and we experience growth in real time.
You bring attention to your stuff.
Writing is advertising, and it is branding. You attract attention when you share a piece of writing, whether something as short as a tweet, or an essay. You bring readers to the writing, but you can also divert readers towards other things.
We are in the attention economy. The winners successfully hold our attention the most frequently and for the longest. Writing is still a powerful way to attract attention.
When you have it, many opportunities open up.
See prolific writing as stoking an ever-burning fire of attention.
You move an inch closer to writing mastery.
Even a sentence written with awareness will contribute to improving as a writer.
The moment I stopped viewing writing as a chore and more as an opportunity to master communicating to move people, I became hooked. But sometimes we need the reminder.
See writing as a craft to master.
This means writing together with learning about how to write well.
You become stronger.
Tapping keys for a few minutes a day seems like nothing compared to ploughing fields with a horse in the rain in the 1780s.
But, let’s be real. Writing is not a natural act. It takes some awareness and a push every time you commit to producing something to share for the world at your desk.
When you write something on those days you’d rather sip Piña Coladas on a desert island, you stretch. You become a fraction more resilient, and your creative muscle grows new fibres.
You stoke momentum.
Like with any pursuit that produces some kind of tangible output, the more you do, the more momentum you have.
Starting from scratch, after a long holiday in Greece, say, is not easy. You’re without the advantage of accumulated completions that come from recency and momentum.
Sitting down to write absolute shite is better than writing nothing at all.
Tomorrow, you will thank yourself for taking courageous action today.
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