Daily writing practice is a powerful tool to unleash your creative ninja skills. And you don't even have to be a writer to reap the benefits.
Writing is a tool. It's not only a profession. Here's the thing: you already engage in a daily writing practice (of sorts). Whether it is a quick note-to-self, a shopping list, or a to-do list, writing is ubiquitous. Everyone writes!
What if you become more focused and conscious of using writing to boost your creative flow? It's not the only way to open the flood gates to your creativity but it's easy and accessible most of the time.
Do you ever just write? Do you just let the words flow without having an endpoint in mind? Without a purpose, without the need of replying to an email, or writing a blog post or some sales copy? (or your book!).
Writing is necessary for everyday life but the daily practice of writing is a creativity-inducing practice. I began a daily writing practice when I was a child. It started off as a silly way of keeping track of the things that made me mad at my brother. You see, I would forget.
It quickly evolved into a daily writing practice about my day, my ideas, and the world around me. I've journaled on and off for over 5 decades now. This daily writing practice turned me not only into a writer but a highly creative machine!
I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.
~ Oscar Wilde
7 Benefits of a Daily Writing Practice
It's been a long time since I've been engaged in a daily writing practice. Let me confess right up front that there are days I miss writing but they are rare. Most days I write to a simple writing prompt for a minimum of 2 minutes. It's pretty easy to get that daily writing practice when it's such an easy goal.
Below are seven benefits that have contributed to my creative flow:
1. Writing makes you a better thinker. In an effort to create content that is succinct, reveals new ways to look at common issues, or apply simple solutions to seemingly complex problems, it will inspire you to think about business (and the world) much differently.
2. Writing makes you a better listener. When you engage in conversations or listen to podcasts, you listen with a writer’s ear and often find your head filling up with ideas for blog posts by simply listening to others discuss sometimes unrelated subjects.
3. Writing makes you a happier and healthier person. Much of the research on writing and happiness deals with “expressive writing,” or jotting down what you think and how you feel. This is the kind of writing we do in my writing circles. I've been hosting these for 15 years now.
4. Writing helps you articulate ideas. Writing has been shown to help people communicate highly complex ideas more effectively. You will almost immediately become better at expressing yourself, not to mention finding your own creative voice.
5. Writing helps you handle hard times better. Sometimes the ‘deal with it' advice doesn't have a soft landing in your world. It is much better to work through the challenges and the pain instead of trying to block it out. When you can share how you feel about your difficulties – at least on the page – it creates space for you to move on. Once you name it you can know what it is and can deal with difficulties much better.
6. Writing creates clarity. It helps you clear your head and organize your thoughts. Writing gives form to your ideas and gets them out of your head, freeing up bandwidth and preventing you from crashing your browser like a late-night downward spiral on Google.
7. Writing helps you overcome overwhelm. Getting important ideas down alleviates the stress of losing your thoughts to time or an overcrowded mind. It helps whittle away the stress over things that are not yours to fix and gives you fuel to take action on what you can.
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.
~ Gustave Flaubert
Writing is a powerful tool to help you excise self-doubt, boost your creative expression, and expand your awareness of the abundant gifts you possess. It helps you to craft more of the world you're wanting to inhabit.
If you're interested in getting into a daily writing practice – and reaping ALL these benefits – check out the Wild Creatrix Circle.