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How a Daily Writing Habit Makes You Better

When people ask about my writing habits and hear that I write every day, they sometimes say, “Oh, I could never do that.” As if it were a choice. But the truth is it’s not. Writing, for me, is something I have to do. Otherwise, I just don’t feel like myself.

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This wasn’t always the case. I wasn’t born with pencil in hand, scribbling stories on a notebook before being able to crawl. Like anything, writing was a habit. But now, years after the first time of forcing myself to get up at 5:00 a.m. and write, the discipline of attacking the blank page feels a little less intimidating.

All habits are this way. The first time is the hardest, and each subsequent experience becomes easier. The effort it takes to begin decreases as your muscle memory takes over. It starts to feel natural, even effortless.

But why should you even care about this in the first place? Does the world really need more words, more blog posts? Maybe not. Even so, I still believe in this habit of daily writing.

Writing every day doesn’t just make you a better writer. It makes you a better person. Here’s how.

Reasons to start a daily writing habit

  • It builds your discipline. I never played sports in school, and as a result had to learn discipline later on in life. I believe this was why I struggled to stick with anything until later in life – I had never practiced it. Writing for just a few minutes every day can build your discipline, just like running or reading or any daily practice can.
  • It makes you smarter. Writing makes you think. Some studies even show that writing by hand increases cognitive activity and can actually make you more intelligent. When you don’t know what to write, you get introspective. By sitting down every day to write, you are exercising your brain in ways that it doesn’t always get.
  • It gives you a sense of accomplishment. We all want to feel like we aren’t wasting our time. And writing for just a few minutes every day – in a journal, on a blog, or even for a book – gives you that sense. If nothing else, you have something to show for your day. And that makes you happy.

Those are just a few reasons why I write every day. Sure, it’s my job and a means of income for my family. But I was doing all of this long before that. I don’t do it because I get paid. If anything, I get paid because I do it every day.

That’s the power of a habit. It takes you to places you could never dream of going. So where will writing every day take you?

BONUS: Ready to get started writing daily? Sign up for the My 500 Words Writing Challenge and get a prompt every day for a month to help you stay on track. Click here to get started.

How has a daily habit (in writing or anything) taught you a lesson about life? Share in the comments.

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  • http://storiesmadepowerful.com/ Arlen Miller

    That’s wonderful. The stick-tuitiveness and prolificacy of regular writing is where the rubber meets the road. I’ve listened to Lewis Schiff’s interview by you on your Portfolio Life podcast multiple times and I recall the specific turn in the road where I was driving (while listening in the car) where he spoke about the absence of fanfare and lack of emphasis in the marketplace about the value and need of stick-tuitiveness through the messy middle or dip in business. The hype and spotlight is often on the new idea and the start-up while the real gold is scattered along the well-worn trail of those who keep doing the right thing over and over—even though it lacks jazz, flare, and spotlight. You’re a great example of keeping on doing the right thing. Of creating a mammoth building by placing one intentional brick upon the previous intentional brick… over and over again. Thank you, Mr. Jeff.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      This was beautifully written, Arlen. I agree: there’s a lot to learn in the messy middle.

  • http://www.workreadplay.com Bryan Collins

    Great post Jeff, a topic close to my heart!
    The Jerry Seinfeld “Don’t Break the Chain” method is ideal for those who want to cultivate a daily writing habit. Essentially, you mark an X on a calendar each day on write. The idea is to build a chain of Xs that you avoid breaking.
    I’ve used this method for years and it works.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I love that system. Need to apply it to working out, actually.

  • Mali Korsten

    Love this post. If I don’t make the time to write every day then I can’t function properly in other areas of my life – I get totally miserable and unmotivated. Writing is as necessary to my daily routine as brushing my teeth!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Ditto, Mali. Ditto.

  • JHooperWrites

    Great article! Having recently established a new writing routine (I’m about a month in), I’m developing a strong sense of discipline and am beginning to feel accomplished. But I’m getting smarter too? Bonus! :-)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Heh. Maybe. ;)

  • Hana Kazazovic

    My biggest problem is what to write every day, but I write. Sometimes it’s just writing about what I’m thinking

  • http://www.mattham.com/ Matt Ham

    Jeff-
    John Piper just released a great podcast on his “Ask Pastor John” series entitled, “Why Do You Journal?” It’s brilliant insight into the importance of writing as related to the Holy Spirit’s work within us. I know it’s been true revelation in my life.

    • richard bersett

      Indeed, Jeff, journaling is the mother lode for the writing miner. Piper’s insights are priceless.

  • Pat

    I’m learning routine and discipline are not synonymous. Since my morning exercise routine changed due to circumstances, I have struggled to maintain discipline. It’s no different in my writing. Routine helps maintain discipline, but discipline can keep me exercising, writing, especially when my routine is disrupted.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      I can relate to that, Pat. I still struggle to find time to write daily now that I’m a dad and mornings are in high demand. I like what Jon Acuff says about this: discipline begets more discipline. One area of discipline can lead to another.

  • Lindsay

    Committing to forming and maintaining good habits (bad habits form by themselves) is one of the best things anyone can do.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Well said, Lindsay.

  • richard bersett

    Nearly six years ago I engaged a discipline of writing a daily devotional piece (of roughly 400-500 words) on every chapter (or so) of the Bible and blogging it for a small, long suffering group on line. I am now within three months of completing the project.

    The experience has rewarded me in several ways and perhaps on occasion those who read the entries. Francis Bacon was surely correct when he said, “Writing…maketh an exact man.”

    My goal was to prepare myself, in terms of discipline and regimen, if not in art and skill, to write as avocation and perhaps vocation. Though I am well short of acumen–and will remain so in perpetuity–I have grown immensely in my comfort as a writer, certainly my discipline as one (not having sidestepped even the genealogies), but especially the joy and satisfaction of expression.

    Thanks, Jeff and others, for the encouragement.

    Rich Bersett

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thank YOU, Rich!

  • http://webeditorial.blogspot.in peter john

    thanks for your posts it is just like Meditation

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks, Peter.

  • http://www.paulsohn.org/ Paul Sohn

    This is great Jeff. I’ve been trying to journal everyday. Instead of chronicling my day, I’ve been more intentional about writing about a subject that touched my heart on that particular day. Definitely setting up a time and rigorously adhering to it is something I need to work on. Thanks for sharing your insights here!

    Paul // Leadership Blogger, http://www.paulsohn.org

  • Jasmine R.

    I am looking forward to Wednesday!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Me too, Jasmine!

  • http://www.Marketing4Traffic.com/ Devani Anjali Alderson

    In school (around 5-6th grade), writing was something I vehemently detested with every fiber of my being. At the time, I used my ADHD and dyslexia as an excuse for why I was so bad… And whenever my work would get edited, I hated both the red ink and the teacher.

    As I’ve grow up some, and delved more into my creativity, I see it as a meditative like activity that helps me think. It’s not “Damn, more writing” Rather.. “Hmm… Wonder what thoughts will come out today?” or “Let’s try and craft something meaningful, even if it’s just for me.” I really look forward to “creative time.” (which is what I call my “writing time”).

    Writing, like everything else, is a mindset. Either you commit or you don’t. But the change needs to be made in your head first. Viewing as a chore doesn’t help the cause, and I think that’s where a lot of people (myself included) have stumbled.

    Because with the mindset of “Oh, I have to written ANOTHER blog post (or chapter)” will translate into every other thing you attempt… “Crap, have to do another painting.” “Snaps. Must I play the piano today?!”

    It’s all in the head really …

  • Linda K. Bridges

    Hi Jeff, thank you for this post. I too, believe that writing every day is something I have to do. If I don’t get it down in my journal, or on the screen, I’m writing in my head. I agree with your notion that it builds discipline. I have noticed this in my life–discipline is something we do by training,concerted effort and regularity. Every morning, I love moving from my kitchen with a mug of steaming hot coffee in hand, sitting down and pondering what I will write–then feeling myself getting into that mode of thought/writing that envelopes my thoughts for the next hour or more! Yes! I too have to write and I love it! Thanks for being a great coach. I get a lot from your discussions on writing!

  • Sarah M

    Great post, Jeff. I totally agree with your points.
    I write every day, too, and it all started from this idea of “Morning Pages” that I’d heard about from Emily Freeman via her explanation of doing them from going through The Artist’s Way. I had The Artist’s Way on my own bookshelf, but hadn’t had the time to go through it. I started the morning pages 6 months before I started going through the book, but it has definitely become a daily habit over the last year. I’m really glad I stuck with it. I started noticing my writing improving ever-so-slightly just in the first few months alone. October will be my “one year” mark of the daily practice, and I have seen so many benefits from it.

  • http://www.mattheweatonwriter.com Matthew Eaton

    I’ve learned that writing every day actually made me hate writing. It distracts me from being in the moment and just doing.

    If anything, it has taught me to be honest with myself and look at writing as a mere tool in the tool belt so I can explore drawing, reading, and other true creative forces in my life.

    Life is great for me once I gave up trying to write every day.

  • http://www.ricktheule.com/ Rick Theule

    “I don’t do it because I get paid. If anything, I get paid because I do it every day.”

    Jeff – These may be the two sentences that get me going. Thanks for a great post!

  • http://www.secondiron.com/ Charles Johnston

    Still developing the writing everyday habit, I write when I can sometimes everyday sometimes alot in one day. It has forced more of a discipline that has become a passion to keep at it and become more consistent.

  • Krithika Rangarajan

    Hey Jeff

    First off, these are all fabulous reasons to write every day. A day without something on my screen just FEELS empty.

    As I mentioned the other day, I do a lot of writing for some good friends – I don’t like calling them clients since I can’t get paid right now (Visa issues :P ). And while I enjoy clacking away on my keyboard for them, I feel stupid if I don’t write for myself.

    Writing just to ENJOY this art-form is a MUST for me, which is why I participate in Facebook Blogging Challenges every other month. They stimulate my creativity, strengthen my resolve to improve and satisfy my desire to meet others with a similar passion.

    All this said, I think taking a break every once in a while helps prevent burnout and exhaustion. My ideal writing schedule would be 3 weeks of writing every day and 1 week off to READ – non-fiction AND my lovely mysteries ;)

    Thanks again for a phenomenal, straight-from-the-heart post…..#HUGSS

    Kitto

  • http://sukofamily.org/ Caleb

    Do you ever take breaks Jeff? I like the discipline of writing every day and have done it for periods of time. But sometimes I just feel like I need a week off, like I need time to just read and think. After a week or two of not writing I come back and feel better than ever about jumping back in. Do you ever feel that way? Is it helpful at times to take a break?

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Sure Caleb. The occasional Sunday or vacation off can work wonders. Great point.

  • http://www.chriscoopercopywriter.com Chris

    I can totally relate to this line:”I believe this was why I struggled to stick with anything until later in life – I had never practiced it.”

    I just had this conversation with my wife last week. I really struggle with being disciplined (never had to) and rarely stick with things when they get tough. This just reinforces something I already know. Real discipline is the key to success. Thanks for this.

  • Charles Varani

    Discipline was a way of living I avoided well into adult life. Learning the benefits to my well-being only began after I took up aikido. Twenty years of aikido has allowed me to see what I avoided. The predictable results of an undisciplined life are as obvious to me now as someone who spends money recklessly.

    Now, I write regularly–I can’t say daily because it wouldn’t be dishonest, and honesty is a benefit of discipline. I wrote as a young man, then avoided it out of fear of failing. I began to write again a few years ago. Now, I write because it is part of who I am. Jeff, your blog has given me several good insights into writing.

    Discipline has given me a spiritual life–I spend 20-45 minutes daily in prayerful meditation, everyday, no exceptions. I exercise daily, anywhere from aerobics to yoga. Discipline (or lack of) is my ongoing life obstacle. Each day, I become more who I am because of the daily disciplines I apply.

  • http://emtravelovers.wordpress.com/ Mai

    I have developed the habit of writing every day, but usually it’s writing for clients. I do it because I have to, because if I don’t, I won’t get paid. What I really want to develop is how to write daily for myself because I know that would feel more rewarding. I don’t want money to serve as motivation because what would happen to me if there’s no money involved?

    Anyway, this was a wake-up call for me, Jeff. Looking forward to your webinar. :)

    • Barbara Anastasia

      Mai – Your desire to “write daily for yourself” is the voice of your muse….your creative being seeking expression. This is the voice that “writes for you | as you” when you intentionally prepare the space and put pen to paper. (Hand writing comes from a more creative place in your brain than typing does.)

      Access to your truest essence awaits on the journey to filling the page. Your most valuable lessons present themselves. Your inspiration and deepest emotions live there. Your forgiveness and compassion and wisdom hide in the stories you tell yourself there about others and your relationships and your dreams.

      “Writing for you every day” isn’t a task or a chore to get to someday. Consider: It is your access to the source of your being….your maturity….your creativity….your purpose…..not to mention the repository and reservoir for your life’s work.

      In the moment, it can seem trivial. I start every day writing the hours I slept, what I ate the day before and how it made me feel, the weather…to keep my hand moving over the page and release the pressure valve on the chattering monkeys. I don’t read or edit what I write every day, but I’m pretty sure the first page or so would bore us all to tears.

      “Magic” happens after the trivial is written out of you. It takes time that most people don’t know – or want – to give it. If you are a writer, is it really a choice? Writers write, whether or not money is involved. It’s how we process the input and output; how we synthesize and create and generate ourselves.

      If time is an issue, I invite you to ask yourself: “What is more important than nurturing who I am, loving myself enough to put myself and my life first in line for my time and focus?” If you’ll permit a stranger to offer unsolicited advice: The most important thing no one tells women is how essential it is to put on our own oxygen mask first. “Writing for yourself every day” is the simplest, most organic way for a writer to do that.

      Best to you-
      bja

      • http://emtravelovers.wordpress.com/ Mai

        Thanks so much, Barbara. I only read it now. This really inspires me to keep on writing.

  • http://www.twitter.com/danieldecker Daniel Decker

    The path to success –> “The first time is the hardest, and each subsequent experience becomes easier.”

  • Leslie Basham

    Writing gives me clarity in my life. Even, if not just my words, but if I am writing a quote or Bible verse that means something to me on that given day. It helps me focus and set my mind to good, positive action instead of worry and doubt, which so easily makes a nest in my brain! I am a new- comer to your posts and am enjoying them. I found you through Marion Roach Smith’s Memoir Project. I loved what you said about living in the “in-between”, because, in many ways, that’s right where I am, learning to “embrace the pauses in-between the major beats.” Here is good quote about discipline, ” The pain of discipline is less than the pain of regret!” An 82 year marathoner said it. (-: Looking forward to webinar.

  • http://johnpatrickweiss.com John Patrick Weiss

    Jeff- you hit the nail on the head. Every successful person I know seems to have incorporated intelligent habits into their lives. Rising early, set schedule, all these things prep us for creative work. Life gets busy, and our habits almost become a familiar refuge for thinking and creativity. Crafting time for breaks and relaxation helps too. Calms the mind and that seems to loosen the portals to creativity as well!

  • http://jeffchapmanwriter.blogspot.com/ Jeff Chapman

    On days I don’t write or at least edit an MS, I feel frustrated and bitter. Writing is work though, so it can easily fall prey to procrastination. I write my first drafts by hand. Glad to see I’m giving the little gray cells a workout.

  • Katrina Cureton

    I write in my diary every day. I also dream lots of strange things at night, so I’ve started wring down some of my dreams.

    • Katrina Cureton

      It’s writing down some of my dreams, not wring!

      • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

        Wring away! ;)

  • Julia Tomiak

    I feel so much better when I write. It feeds my spirit. But I don’t do it every day, and I can feel the difference. Thanks for this encouragement. The bit about “accomplishment” really appeals to this mother who does so many things that have no concrete “proof”

  • Victoria Mininger

    Writing everyday helps me not feel like I’m just spinning my wheels. One of the best things I have done for myself is starting to journal everyday regardless how in order the thoughts are. Getting them out of my head into a different space really helps them make sense.

  • http://www.aterriblehusband.com/about/ A Terrible Husband

    Writing daily gets me closer and closer to changing my screenname. Hard to think of a better example of the power of daily writing in my life!

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    Writing everyday helps me express emotions that I would normally suppress. There’s just something about getting them off of my chest and onto paper that’s so freeing. I’m writing for a few different places now and I didn’t think I could do this much writing but writing everyday has helped me write more than I thought was possible!

  • http://www.jonstallings.com/ Jon Stallings

    I am still not at the place of writing everyday but I am moving in that direction. At the minimum writing helps me with discipline and it enables me to better organize my thoughts. Until just a few years ago I didn’t have a desire to be a writer so it has also been challenge and it adds to my personal growth.

  • http://Godsgracefulness.com Janice Le

    Wow. This post really brought conviction. First, I started as a writer, always writing. Then as my platform grew, I stopped. My pastor always told me to write more, write more. I never listened. I’m still only writing 2-3 times a month. Now, I feel convicted (in a good way). Thank you for the push.

  • zen_reed

    Thanks for this post. Like you I never learned discipline either. I realized recently that I never really had to practice at anything. I read a post of yours a couple of months ago where you mentioned you were in a challenge where you were writing 500 words a day for a month. That post inspired me to get started writing everyday. I have been trying to write just anything everyday and you’re right, I do feel better when I do it. When I don’t something feels off.

  • lusajo

    I like writing, writing books, am writing my second book now. Thanks Jeff for encourangement

  • http://www.shawnandrews.net Shawn Andrews

    I totally agree with this post. I am better able to inspire those around me when I am writing.

  • http://www.matthewreedcoaching.com/ Matthew Reed

    Great post. I am in the middle of writing my first book, ironically enough considering your topic today, on building better life habits. The completion of the book is a living testimony to the power of a daily writing habit. I don’t think that I could ever write a whole book…but 500-1000 words in a day. that I can do.
    It also reminds me a lot of going to the gym. I never want to go. The hardest part is overcoming inertia to just go. I don’t like being at the gym to work out. It hurts and makes me sweaty. At the end, when I am showered and clean I feel great about what I did. Writing is the same way. Opening the file is the hardest part. I’m not loving the writing process. It’s hard work. When I have 1000 words written though, I feel like I can do anything. Great encouragement. Will re-read and recommend.

  • Goran Stille

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    I have been writing almost every day in my diary for the last 55 years. But I have used
    this habit in a destructive way. I used writing as a way to complain in silence. A way to put up with the world being as it is and my partner as she was. Maintaining my urge in custody.

    However during late years I have been successful in changing partner and reducing my habit of complaining. Successively accepting me as I am. I used the diary as a dark closet or scrapbin to hide unpleasant items. An effective strategy for not moving ahead.

    During recent weeks I have regarded the white paper as an ever so silent shrink. Not even humming. The white surface accepts all I say. I feel very satisfied with this state of affairs. I think I now rely on myself actually moving ahead on those reflections I purge on to paper. I think it will improve my self-esteem and my self-trust. That is: my living is going
    along at an adequate speed utilizing my resources at an adequate level of ambition. That is taking care of myself in a more profound way than before.

    Parallel to these moment of writing other events of writing occur. Events when “being in flow” frequently show up. When looking back I sometimes wonder did I actually know that or did I write that?

  • Goran Stille

    I have been writing almost every day in my diary for the last 55 years. But I have used
    this habit in a destructive way. I used writing as a way to complain in silence. A way to put up with the world being as it is and my partner as she was. Maintaining my urge in custody.

    However during late years I have been successful in changing partner and reducing my habit of complaining. Successively accepting me as I am. I used the diary as a dark closet or scrapbin to hide unpleasant items. An effective strategy for not moving ahead.

    During recent weeks I have regarded the white paper as an ever so silent shrink. Not even humming. The white surface accepts all I say. I feel very satisfied with this state of affairs. I think I now rely on myself actually moving ahead on those reflections I purge on to paper. I think it will improve my self-esteem and my self-trust. That is: my living is going
    along at an adequate speed utilizing my resources at an adequate level of ambition. That is taking care of myself in a more profound way than before.

    Parallel to these moment of writing other events of writing occur. Events when “being in flow” frequently show up. When looking back I sometimes wonder did I actually know that or did I write that?

  • Pastor Agnostic

    Others have sworn by this “habit.” The Artist’s Way suggests that this is a great method of dealing with issues and depression. I recommend it to all my clients, and those who followed that advice thanked me for it.

  • Clark Gaither

    Excellent post because it’s all true. There are a few more I could add. When I write something that resonates with someone it boosts my confidence in my ability to connect by my writing. It clarifies my own beliefs and positions. It gives me direction. It broadens my horizons and expands my knowledge base because of the research that is sometimes necessary. It is a great stress reliever. It’s all good!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Love those Clark.

  • http://lukeguy.com/ Luke Guy

    Writing can be very profitable because they never die. Does the world need another blog post? Maybe not, but it does need another caring person. Another writer who is faithful to what he does. Another man/woman who believes in his/her words before anyone else does.

    Why? Because doubt is ever more present. War is all around. Pain has yet to die.

    But do you know how we overcome dictators, wars, and bad economies? It starts with a pen and paper.

    Words are born as they are formed and written down. They are spoken by the writer into oblivion into the hearts and ears of those who hear them. Inspiration springs from within and things are overcame. People feel alive again. All because someone took the time to time to write his dreams and read them before the masses. Good things still happen.

    Why?

    Because someone had a pen and paper. I change my mind. We do need another blog post. Thanks Jeff :)

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Well said, Luke!

  • http://www.versalytics.com/ Redge

    Not a day goes by without writing. Never a moment without my notebook nearby. It’s great to reflect and go back in time to see how things have changed. Great post and for those contemplating the idea … go for it.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Thanks Redge!

  • Aphorisma

    I freewrite, by hand, (almost nearly just about) every day, though it’s taken me years to finally cultivate the habit and stick to it. What I like about it, aside from the cognitive benefits someone my age is looking for, is that it becomes such a fertile place for ideas, little baby bits of something that later I will expand on, or use in a way I never imagined somewhere I haven’t yet dreamed of.

    Last month, I just completed a short story that began as a character sketch eighteen years ago. If I hadn’t had the goal to write every day, written down the details of everything I could, the feelings that went with it, the ideas, and then put it somewhere safe, transcribed the notes later and kept all my files after moving from the US to the UK and now to Malaysia, I wouldn’t have had the story.

    I can’t imagine how many things I’ve “lost”, but I am always thrilled to remind myself that I’m much more consistent about writing every day, and journaling, than I ever was. And I’ll never finish mining the writing and notes I keep now–but that won’t stop me from trying.

  • Daniel Anuchan

    I’d love to watch your webinar, but my local time would be 3 in the morning. Any way I can watch it later at a more convenient time?

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Sure! Just register for it, and we’ll send the replay (provided recording goes well).

  • Jeffrey Whitney

    Last night I was tired. I was feeling beaten down by my crappy little life. I took a two hour nap, where I didn’t really sleep. I just wanted to lie there. In short, I was depressed. I told myself that I was going to skip a day, that I wasn’t going to write. I was going to lay in bed until tomorrow showed up. But at seven, I got off my bed and went to the computer. I fiddled with what I’d written for a while, and then ended up writing. By 9 pm, I had another 2,000 words added to my book, and I was feeling better. Today is a new day, and I can’t wait to get home to write. Do it. Even when you don’t want to.

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      Amazing, Jeffrey! This is what I’m talking about. Well done!

      • Jeffrey Whitney

        Thank you for being there to encourage us. It helps.

        • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

          It’s a pleasure.

  • dejanaru

    This post is another reason I want to spend the rest of my life as a writer..day in or out..thanks for the inspiration Mr Jeff

  • http://www.liveitforward.com/ Kent Julian

    Jeff, as you know, I’m a speaker first and writer second. However, I write 3-4 times a week because writing makes me an exact man. I think I’ve mentioned this here before, but someone once said to me, “I read to be a broad person; I write to be an exact person.” I love that!

  • http://BurnoutSucks.com Jim Hough

    Great post Jeff! I’m especially grateful that you mentioned, “…writing for just a few minutes every day – in a journal, on a blog, or even for a book…” It’s so easy to fall into the mindset that if it’s not hours a day spent on some important piece of great importance, than it’s not “real” writing. Here’s to the “few minutes every day” adding up to a better person!

  • sal

    Wow, dreams comes
    true as a byproduct of the pursuit to becoming a better person. Jeff this is
    just what I needed to hear! Thank You :)

  • Laura Benjamin

    Love your thought process on why writing every day is so important. I also really enjoyed reading about the studies on why cursive handwriting should remain in our schools and how it benefits the brain. Thank you for that resource! (a daily journal writer)

  • Lauren Lagergren

    I’ve only written poetry for greeting cards and family memorials; I just completed third day of writing for two hours: a warm-up and a story. The story isn’t one that will be published; I am just getting into the habit of writing everyday. When I have my writing done, everything else goes a lot smoother as I now have my priorities straight: do what I love first to inject a little love into everything else. And the writing manifesto was awesome! Thank you for your invaluable work!

  • http://stephencho.org Stephen Cho

    Definitely agree that consistently blogging has taught me discipline and made me smarter.. great post

  • Roland Stoneheart

    Couldn’t agree more. Nothing could be more satisfying.

  • http://khmerbird.com/ Santel Phin

    Hi Jeff,

    I missed the training but I joined 500 words per day challenge. I hope I can develop this habit of writing everyday very soon.

    Thank.

  • http://www.eaglestalent.com/ Skyler John

    Jeff, I love your END: So where will writing every day take you? Thank you for keeping on the full court press to inspire others to Write!

    • http://goinswriter.com/ Jeff Goins

      You’re welcome!

  • BipolarMom (Jenn)

    Missed the online training call. Wondering if it was taped and if so, whether we could listen? Always love your advice, Jeff! I’m working on my discipline in both my exercise habits and my writing practice. Feeling stronger with every passing day.

  • MinnieMandy

    Hi Jeff! I’m new to your site. :)
    A very well-written post. Couldn’t agree more! I’ve always been wanting to become a blogger before I can be a writer. But I’ve closed down 3-4 blogs everytime i don’t have things to write in the blog. Then, when I opened up a new one again, within a month, I shut it down again.
    I find it tough to find inspirations to write. All I do every day is work, eat, bath, sleep. What’s there to write?

  • http://movedbypurpose.net/ Stephanie O’Brien

    Hello Jeff!
    I agree with you when you said “The first time is the hardest, and each subsequent experience becomes easier.” It is like making it easy to enjoy work as play.

  • JacQuie

    Hi Jeff- I missed your lesson on How to Master the Habit of Daily Writing-Was it taped or recorded? Can I view or listen to it again?