I’m celebrating achieving my writing goals for August every single day as a result of participating in an online daily writing challenge for twenty months since January, 2014. I’ve discovered some benefits from dragging, pulling and pushing myself to meet this challenge.
Eight Benefits of a Daily Writing Habit
1. As I force myself to overcome the emotional resistance and obstacles, my self-discipline is strengthened. I feel stronger.
2. The self-discipline of consistency enables and benefits me in other areas of my life.
3. I capture beneficial insights, anecdotes, journal entries and stories that otherwise would be lost.
Do you have a goal, dream or desire in your heart you want to pursue?
Yesterday in my daily writing challenge group, the writing prompt invited us to look back on our writing goals and progress and to write about what happened that we didn’t expect.
More than a year has gone by since I started the challenge to write 500 words daily and now I’m in my second year of the writing discipline. I share what I’ve wrote because the principle applies to any dream or goal you decide to pursue. By sharing my experience, I hope it will encourage you to persist in pursuing your dreams.
What do you see in the flames?
When I drove home tonight, I spotted flames shooting into the sky in a grass field by our local university. Out of curiosity, I went over to investigate a unusually large bonfire with students gathered around it. Turns out they had created it for an event.
As I stood there, the variety of shapes the flames created intrigued me so I snapped these photos. Each time I took a photo, the shapes changed.
“Sharon, I wanted to tell you that I’m finally finding time to write,” my friend, Sarah, stopped by my car in the park.
“Awesome!” I slammed the trunk lid down. My grandsons and I had a picnic in the park and enjoyed the beautiful sunny day. We had stopped by the car to put away the blanket and the rest of the food. My grandsons ran on to the playground.
Do you have challenges in meeting your writing goals? Even if writing is something you want to do, do you sometimes feel challenged to fulfill that desire?
Yesterday, I spent the day with my active grandsons on their last day before school started. Though they’re the joy of my life, we had some challenges that took all the energy I had.
When I arrived home, the last thing I wanted to do is to write. All I wanted to do is fall into bed.
However, I’ve committed to writing every day so rather than go to bed, I sat down at my computer to complete my writing goal for the day.
If you have bits and pieces of paper here and there with things “to do” on them, would you like to find a way to organize them all?
If you have tasks and appointments for yourself and family and I could show you a tool to keep track of them all, would you be interested?
If you get overwhelmed when you think about all you want to write and maybe even you want to write a book but you’re not sure how to organize it, would you like a tool to help you?
When you write, are you enthusiastic about what you share? Do you use word pictures to describe things in an appealing way to your readers? Do you know how to write in a way that engages your reader and enthralls them with your writing?
Last spring, a friend called me, “I have to go to a meeting at this lovely resort, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, on top of Petit Jean mountain. The drive is scenic and it seemed like something you’d enjoy. I have an extra bed in the room, and wondered if you would like to go along?”
How would you like to be remembered as a writer?
Could you and your writings be honored in a public way like Charles Dickens?
In Britain, Prince Charles led a global celebration to celebrate Dickens’ 200 hundredth birthday. Read-a-thons were held all over the world to commemorate his writings. Even the internet took note. On the Google search engine, a Google doodle of characters from his novels greeted internet surfers.
What can you learn from Dickens that will improve your writing? What are you writing today that can impact your world in a positive way through your stories, articles or blog posts?
Do you have big dreams? Would you like to do something big with your writing, with your life? Do you feel like you are an ordinary person, one little person in the world and maybe a little shy about what you can seriously accomplish?
I understand those fears because I’ve had them myself. Perhaps some of the insights below will help you take some more steps to put those fears behind you.
When you go out to do something relaxing are you alert for ideas that would give you solutions? Are you open to ideas to help you solve a problem at home or work?
Open your eyes to see and ears to hear because ideas and solutions are everywhere. They come more freely when you give yourself a break and go do something fun!