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Establish A Writing Practice

What Is A Writing Practice?

A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

Regina Brett

A writing practice is when you write. Daily. That’s all there is to it.

It’s not fancy. Or structured.

It doesn’t require a lot of skill, as skill grows with practice, but it does require commitment.

Why Establish a Writing Practice for Yourself?

There are a lot of good reasons why you would begin a daily writing practice.

You can write for yourself without the expectation of sharing or publishing what you write. In this case there’s no pressure other than to fill a few pages every day.

But establishing this practice is the foundation for achieving any success as a writer.

In her book, The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron encourages artists and creatives (of any kind) to establish a writing practice as a way to get thoughts and feelings out onto paper, and as a way to recognize and reframe the inner critic and any negative self-talk. She calls this writing the Morning Pages and describes this ‘stream of consciousness’ daily writing as ‘the bedrock tool of a creative recovery.’

This daily writing practice is critically important if you’re considering doing other kinds of writing such as:

  • A book
  • A blog
  • Your Memoirs

A daily writing practice will not only make you a better writer, but also, a more observant reader. You begin to recognize the skills inherent in really good writing, which in turn makes you a better writer.

How Do You Establish A Writing Practice?

You get a pen or pencil and a notebook. And you write 3 pages every day when you first wake up. That’s it. Just 3 pages.

Simple yes, but not easy.

Looking for a little support and encouragement? Check out our Writers’ Accountability Group, a place where writers help writers start and maintain a regular practice for all types of writing.

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