For many years, I accidentally stunted my growth as a writer. You see, I had a bad writing habit that was unexpectedly hurting my growth. And it’s one that many other writers have, too. What is it? Inconsistent writing.
I used to set aside just one day per week to write for 3–4 hours. During this time, my productivity was poor, and my creativity was woefully lacking. But I didn't realize this was the case until I made a commitment to write daily and blog consistently.
If you write inconsistently, then your ability to master the art and skill of writing will be inconsistent at best. Like me, you’ll struggle with developing your thoughts, finding inspiration, and completing articles, blog posts, and even books.
So, to improve yourself as a writer, you will need to write daily, publish consistently, and relentlessly persevere.
This week on The Portfolio Life, Andy Traub and I talk in detail about why I teach people to write every day, steps you can take toward developing a daily writing habit, and why you should blog consistently.
Since writing daily and blogging consistently are essential components to improving yourself as a writer, I encourage you to listen in to receive encouragement and pick up some tips to help you get started.
Listen to the podcast
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In this episode, Andy and I discuss:
- Why daily writing is good for you and easier than you think.
- What I learned from writing only one day per week.
- How inconsistent writing will lead to inconsistent creativity and productivity.
- Simple steps you can take to form a daily writing habit.
- The pros and cons of writing daily and blogging consistently.
- My views on the future of blogging.
- How consistently blogging will enhance your dependability and improve your reader engagement.
Quotes and takeaways
- If you write infrequently, then your creativity will become inconsistent.
- Writing daily will make you a much better writer than writing a bunch of stuff all at once.
- The best type of writing practice is done in public.
- (Never) Save it For Later, by Chris Guillebeau.
- Take Permission, Andy’s personal website.
- The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard.
- My 500 Words, a free 31-day writing challenge.
Do you write daily? Do you publish daily? Why or why not? Share in the comments.