My college creative writing teacher insisted her students write something every single day to become successful authors. At the time, I loathed the notion; writing would sometimes come to me easily and steadily, while at other times I’d struggle with writer’s block. The notion of writing every single day whether I felt inspired or not seemed absurd.
These days, however, I have to admit I do see the wisdom of her words. While I still feel that forcing creative writing when the spark isn’t there just isn’t for me, making myself write something (even when I don’t want to) has propelled my writing career forward and helped me succeed.
Learn ways that writing regularly has helped me improve my writing ability and might help you as well.
When your writing receives negative feedback of any kind, it can be hard to not feel like a failure.
Writing daily has helped me get past this in a wide variety of ways. When I’m not writing for work, I spend time journaling. This not only allows me to practice my writing but also gives me an opportunity to vent whatever frustration I may be feeling after a revision request or rejection. Writing down how a revision made me feel allows me to move on from thinking that my work is not good enough to focus on fixing my mistakes when I try again.
With work-related writing, daily practice means you create more material to be reviewed or edited. Yes, you’ll probably still get the occasional revision request or edit. But they’ll be balanced by all of the acceptances you receive. The flow of positive responses will help boost your confidence and remind you that you’re a good writer who sometimes just has a bad day.
WritersDomain was far from my first venture into the world of online writing, but it still took me a few months to get into the groove of things. I wrote sporadically and nervously, afraid of rejections that would potentially get me kicked from the site. As I learned what WritersDomain wanted and found my groove, I was able to complete assignments more quickly and with better scores. To put it simply, writing regularly for WritersDomain improved my article writing skills.
Studies show that repeated practice in an area increases your skill level. Your brain’s efficacy and speed in transmitting information also improve. When a task or skill is practiced repeatedly, your brain changes to allow electrical signals to flow more quickly and easily from the parts of the brain used to complete that task.
Personally, I’ve seen this happen in the ideation process. After a year of writing daily for WD, I can ideate much more quickly. To find a great angle, I think about what someone searching for that keyword needs. After writing with that in mind over and over, it has become second nature. Don’t get discouraged if you’ve gone through the ideation training and still struggle; just keep practicing, and eventually, your ideation skills will sharpen.
As my ideation and writing skills have improved, I’ve also become less resistant to writing on new topics. When I first started with WritersDomain, I only chose topics I already knew well and immediately had ideas for. Admittedly, I still enjoy writing what I know, but the majority of us can’t pick and choose what topics we write about. Or we won’t earn enough to make it by.
Writing for clients daily has made it easier to be flexible with topics because I’ve learned how to rapidly research new subjects and translate what I learn into an article. It’s understandable to want to write about your passions and interests, but writing on unfamiliar topics can be a lot of fun, too. (It can also make you an unstoppable force on trivia night!)
Despite my years of resistance, I can attest that daily writing is effective in making me a better, more flexible, and more confident writer. All of these together make it easier for me to have a wider variety of clients. If you’ve resisted a daily writing routine, consider giving it a trial run and see if you notice similar benefits.
This article was written by one of our writers. The author’s views are entirely their own and may not reflect the views of WritersDomain.