It’s easy to get caught in a shame spiral when you get out of the habit of writing regularly.
Somebody inevitably asks, What have you been working on? or How’s the book coming along? And you feel even worse.
In the past, I resisted the idea that to be a writer, you have to write every day. It felt like too much pressure, and when I fell off the wagon, I felt so ashamed.
I’ve also always wanted to be one of those writers who wakes up naturally at 4 am every morning. In this fantasy, I amble up to my office, coffee in hand, to begin a focused, intensive writing session as the sun rises over my sleepy little village.
I love the idea of that. I’ve always wanted to be that.
But, considering the fact that I’ve never voluntarily or naturally woken up before the sun rises, I don’t see that scenario playing out anytime soon.
I do, however, think it’s important to build a consistent writing practice, even if it’s not first thing in the morning.
But I believe, more than anything, in taking small steps. It’s not about writing for hours every day. It’s about doing something. Anything.
What I can commit to is writing for 10 minutes a day, no matter what.
That’s it. Just 10 minutes. No matter how busy I am, I can always carve out 10 minutes.
If you’re not writing consistently, and you feel out of practice, think about what a difference it would make if you committed to just 10 minutes a day.
It doesn’t have to be perfect. It doesn’t have to be brilliant poetry or prose. Just sit down and see what happens.
If you get stuck, write nice things to encourage yourself, like:
I am a great writer.
I am so creative.
I love to write.
How would your life be different if you committed to writing for 10 minutes every day?
Try This Out:
Set a timer, hide your phone, and let yourself write for 10 minutes.
At the end of it, see how you feel. Do you feel better than you did before?
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