Life is busy. Wake up. Eat breakfast. (And if you don’t, you should!) Go to work. Come home. Cook. Clean. Deal with life and/or children/spouses/chores/pets/that one light bulb that’s been out for three weeks. Etc. Etc. Etc. Oh, and you may need to reply to work-related emails even after work.
It can be a lot.
So how on Earth is one supposed to find the time for a little creativity? For a daily writing practice?
It can be tricky, but it’s not impossible. Below are the steps we’ve taken to make writing a daily habit, and we think they’ll work for you too.
1. Find out When You Are Most Creative
I (Andrea) write best in the morning. Madeleine writes best at night. But we didn’t always know this about ourselves.
If you’re not in the habit of writing daily, it’s likely that you don’t know when your peak creativity time is, so it’s worth it to experiment a little. Try writing in the morning for a few minutes before work. Or maybe during your lunch break. Or in the evening before bed. Fiddle around with different times of day for a few days until you find what works best for you.
2. Schedule Your Writing Time in Your Agenda
I write every day first thing in the morning when I’m fresh. But I don’t just keep that as a permanent activity set in my mind. When I’m planning my week in my agenda I include writing as my first task every day. There’s something about writing down a to-do item that really solidifies it for me.
If you don’t like to-do lists because they stress you out (as they are wont to do), you can mark an X on your calendar for every day you write. Then the goal becomes not to break the chain, which can also be super motivating.
3. Start Small
We encourage everyone who wishes to start a daily writing practice to start small. If you’re not in the habit of writing every day then it’s too much to expect yourself to start off with an hour or two hours.
Start with 5 minutes or 10 minutes, then work up from there. Our Write From Life writing prompts are perfect for writing 10-minute scenes. Check out our examples here.
4. Sit Down in the Chair
Nobody has an endless supply of motivation. It just doesn’t work like that. Some days you will want to write and some days you won’t. It’s important to accept this and not beat yourself up if you don’t feel like writing or if you miss a day.
So rather than waiting for inspiration to strike, just sit down in your chair at the time you’ve figured yourself to be most creative. Don’t think about anything other than completing that first step. If you can just put your bum in the seat, then you’ll probably end up writing something.
5. Use the Write from Life Writing Prompts!
As with motivation, inspiration is not something that necessarily happens when you want it to happen. You might sit down to write and draw a total blank. But don’t worry! It happens to the best of us. That’s why we’ve collected (and continue to collect) real-life writing prompts. Just put yourself in the chair and we’ll help you with the rest.
6. Keep a Pen and Notebook With You at All Times
Inspiration can strike at any moment. It’s important to be able to write down ideas and anything that comes to mind in the moment before you lose it (and you will lose it). Our Write From Life writing prompts are all taken from real life. We hope they inspire you to keep your eyes open for all the extraordinary moments in our ordinary days.