How to Write More Every Day

woman writing by the window

Write first thing in the morning, before you do anything else. If you must go to work, try getting up one hour earlier.

Use the tool that feels right to you. It doesn’t have to be your work computer or a computer at all. You can use a typing machine, an Alphasmart, a Hemingwrite, or simply pen and paper.

Turn off the internet. Or even better, write on a computer or device that can’t connect to the internet.

Set yourself a minimum word count. Even if it’s only 250 words, it will motivate you to reach it every day.

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” ― Anne Frank

Don’t read what you write. Don’t try to edit it as you write. Don’t even think about the word count you’ve set yourself — before you know it, half an hour or more has passed, and you have already surpassed your word count.

Share your writing with others. If you don’t share your writing enough, after a time you may lose the motivation to continue writing.

Write about your personal experiences. Return to your most significant memories. Indulge in your daydreams and fantasies.

Start a blog if you don’t have one already. It will provide you with a good platform for launching your writing.

Don’t stare at a blank screen or page. At this stage, your writing doesn’t have to be spectacular. It must simply be. Write the first thing that comes to mind. If nothing comes to mind, write what you see, what you hear, what you smell, what you feel. Write your own reality even as you experience it. Lay one sentence over another and watch as your story grows.

Close the door. Turn off the phone. Retreat into the solitude you need to be yourself without any regrets or compromises. If someone tries to interrupt you, ignore them unless a) someone is dying b) the house is burning.

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” ― Louis L’Amour

Make writing every day a habit. Don’t force yourself to do it. Don’t plan it. Don’t think about it. Just sit down (or stand at an upright desk) and write.

5 thoughts on “How to Write More Every Day

  1. It’s all about not wasting time thinking about it but just writing. I think it’s valuable to learn how to write anywhere. I’ve written opening pages and chapters of books on my phone while waiting for appointments. I’m writing this comment while laying on a chaise lounge in my backyard. 😂 life is good.

  2. Love this. Yes to all. 🙂

    “Close the door. Turn off the phone. Retreat into the solitude…,” or maybe go out to find solitude?

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