Amateur Advice: How I push myself to write daily

“Write every day. It doesn’t necessarily matter if it is good. Just write.”

If you have spent any time at all reading blogs on the writing process, this piece of advice will be extremely familiar. It seems to peek mockingly at me from every “Top 10 tips” list that I read. I find it difficult to write daily. I work. I have a wife and a daughter. I have to sleep sometime. However, day by day, I am getting better at taking the time to write.

It isn’t that I don’t want to write. It isn’t even that I feel like writing and my family are mutually exclusive. No, my problem is on a much smaller scale. I get distracted. I reach some small break in my flow, and suddenly I am ready to check my twitter feed or facebook or favorite websites. I’m sure that I am not alone in this.

My answer is to go old-school. I bought some decent pens and a nice notebook, and I actually write. I find this to be extremely helpful for me in my quest for writing discipline. I think this happens for a few reasons.

1) There is no twitter feed in my notebook. There is no internet. It is just me and the scritching of my pen on paper.

2) I can actually see my progress. I feel much better about my writing when I can turn pages. It just seems more real to me than a word count — I feel like I’ve made progress, and that helps me come back the next day.

3) It turns off my internal editor. Being a passive-aggressive perfectionist, all those squiggly lines really get on my nerves. I spend time reorganizing my words when I should be spinning new ones. By writing in a physical notebook, it is so much harder for me to edit my work, and leads to wasted writing time. My editor can come out when I transfer my first draft to my computer.

Writing daily is still a struggle. Every day, I must remember that above all, writers write.

If you have any tips that help you stay organized, please share them with me. As a Hopeful Author, I welcome all advice.

–Jeremy

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About Jeremy D Powell

I am a husband and father, writer and thinker. By nature, I tend to be introverted. I am attempting to nurture my inner extrovert. It's going OK.

5 responses to “Amateur Advice: How I push myself to write daily”

  1. run4joy59 says :

    I do like writing on paper, but my hands no longer allow me to do it for long periods of time. so the computer is my new best friend where writing is concerned…but the lure of facebook, twitter, pinterest, email, blogs, and so on and so on is something I struggle against daily…

    • Jeremy D Powell says :

      I’m definitely sorry to hear that, Patti. Since writing by hand is out of the question for you, how do you block out the distractions and temptations that writing on a computer bring?

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