Writing- love it or hate it, it has numerous benefits beyond publishing your first novel. Whether you are writing a daily journal of your thoughts or just for the sake of school work, writing daily can bring about spectacular results on your life.
Benefits of writing daily
1. Better thinking
Writing allows you to put your thoughts into words. By doing so, it will help you to organize them and eventually bring you clarity. For instance, if you are facing with a certain situation that causes you a dilemma, writing down the pros and cons can help you to organize your thoughts and eventually to find a solution to your dilemma.
2. Expressing yourself
You cannot deny that being able to write well is an invaluable skill at any stage of your life, from being a student to getting a job. By signaling your ability to express yourself into writing to teachers and employers, it will show that you are an articulate person who deserves that grade or the job. Even if you are already employed, being able to express yourself can save you frustrations over office emails and miscommunications with your colleagues.
3. Practice makes perfect
That being said, writing well comes with practice. Writing daily helps you to practice your writing skills. If you are a student, having someone to grade your writing can help you to identify what you are lacking in this aspect. As an adult, do not feel embarrassed to ask someone to help you, if you are genuinely interested in improving your writing skills.
4. Speaking skills
Surprisingly, writing daily can also help you to speak better. Your increased vocabulary and grammar improvement from your writing and constant immersion in the language will help you to speak more eloquently and confidently as you will be able to colour your speech with vocabulary learned and ultimately being able to impact the conversation a bit more.
How to start writing
First and foremost, you will need to set your mindset right and understand that writing daily takes some sort of discipline and commitment. Once your mindset is set right, it will be much easier to actually committing yourself to it. Next, decide what you want to write- at least the title) and you will be able to organize what you are going to write down. Lastly, let the words are you writing a journal or blog article? Write down the outline of what you want to write (flow freely!
Of course, depending on your writing motive, you may need to add in some additional steps. If you are writing an essay for grading, write the first draft and then revisit it again and again. The first draft is always the hardest to write since you will have nothing to base your writing on, so it is important to concentrate on writing. If you are writing on a certain topic, do your research before-hand so you have something to base your writing on.
More often than not, you may find yourself with a pen in hand, staring at the piece of paper, with your mind as blank. Fret not, for you are not alone in what is called a “writer’s block”. Even professional writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald (author of The Great Gatsby) have suffered this affliction. If you find yourself in this situation, one way you can handle it is to do something else- take a walk, bake a cake or just doing some mindless mediation. This can help your brain to relax and soon you will find those words flowing freely onto that piece of paper!