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5 Reasons You Should Start Writing Daily

5 Reasons You Should Start Writing Daily

Let’s be honest, we’ve all made vows to write daily and failed at it.

Not just once or twice. It’s happened many times.

I know I do it a lot. I promise myself to form a daily writing habit, and after few days, I slip back into inaction. Each time I do this, I give myself excuses like:

  • “I’m busy”
  • “I don’t know what to write next”
  •  “I’m not motivated enough to write”

Each time I do this, my writing career slips. I feel guilty. And empty. I wish I’ve fully cultivated the discipline to write daily but I’ve not.

5 Reasons You Should Start Writing Daily

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In the past, there have been some rare moments of bliss that I wrote every single day. And I got immense benefits from doing so. So I decided I would remind myself of these benefits of writing daily. Hopefully, that reminder would keep me disciplined to henceforth write daily.

1. Your words could change lives

Never underestimate the power in your words. They could stop a person from committing suicide.  They could save a marriage. They could empower a person to finally quit his slavish, boring job and pursue his dream. They could cure a person of arrogance, or ignorance, or indolence.

Few days ago, a friend, Abdulhakeem Treemendous, the second prize winner of the 2014 CIPMN Essay Competition sent me a short piece he wrote on WhatsApp. I had slept after my morning prayer and was still in bed at minutes past 8. Plenty works to do, but I was lazy to start. On my bed, I read in the piece, “ise loogun ise” (work is the cure of poverty) and I was fired. My motivation soared and I rose to attack the day with enthusiasm.

Your words too can make profound impact. You never know.  And you need not know the person whose life your language would change. But if you produce them daily, your words surely would help someone, someday.

2. Writing will become easier for you

Ask any proficient writer how he became one and he would most likely tell you it’s by constant practice. Whatever you do often, you master.

Last week, I had an interesting conversation with my friend, Akorede Shaakir. He told me writing is easy.  I was shocked to hear that. He used to be one of the laziest writers I know and he was always armed with many excuses each time I talked with him. Recently however, he took the big leap and opened a blog, Naija Leadership Builder. He’s been writing regularly on his blog and I was pleased to hear him say writing is (now) easy.

So, start writing daily, too, and writing would become effortless for you.

3. Your winning odds increase

If you enter writing contests, you surely want to win. And to win, you need to have a stellar entry and hope it’s better that everyone else’ best entry.

Writing regularly helps you achieve that. The more contests you enter, the more your writing quality improves, and the likelier you are to win more prizes.

It is true for me. I won a handful of my writing prizes in close succession when I wrote regularly. And I know many writers who also first failed at writing contests but eventually won many because they kept writing, regularly.

So, pick your pen, and write daily.

4. You experience inner joy

Writing lifts your spirit. When you’re depressed, write, and you’ll feel better. When you’re excited, write and you’ll feel even happier.

And when you see people say on their Facebook wall or in their biographies or send you an email that your words have impacted their worlds, you’ll feel fulfilled.

So keep writing, everyday.

5. You become an authority

When you write regularly on a particular niche, you explore it more, read about it often and understand it better.

And soon, your opinion gains credibility. A group of true fans converge to start propagating your good works. People start coming to you for consultation. Readers start referencing your works. And some start offering you money to pick your brain.

If you want that as a writer, it’s time to take writing seriously. And start doing it daily.

Question: Do you write regularly? How can writing daily help you or how has it helped you? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this from a new perspective, Abdullahi. You rock!

  2. Kelvin Odems says:

    Thank you!

  3. Thank you. I so needed to hear that!

  4. Mr tosin some times i feel like not writing at all and the impetus is not there but if i take a rest or do any activity i feel refreshed and nw ideas starts trooping in

  5. Abdulhakeem Abdulkareem Ibraheem says:

    Yes, I write regularly and since then, my writings has improved a lot. also, comments I got from my writings will not make me stop even if I want to. writing use to be very frustrating but no matter how frustrating it could be, if you write for interest and for passion, you will not want to stop. Thank you sire for this week piece, it keeps us going.

  6. Imhons Erons says:

    I like the simple way you share your ideas. I’m really trying to incorporate that into my own writings. But I still find it a challenge writing daily. I guess i have to put some of this fine tips into practice soon. Always love your name popping up in my mail box. Thanx, chief.

  7. Thanks coach.

  8. Ayeyemi Taofeek Kehinde says:

    IConsistency is the key. And whatever you FOCUS, will EXPAND. So for writers, writing daily is the words.

    This has nowadays really impacted my writing. Thanks a bunch, coach. You’ve always been a source of inspiration.

  9. I write consistently as well and it has helped me tremendously both tactically, and structurally. I love writing so much and the comments I got keep me going and sometimes hold me and boil me down, until I realise, critics create rooms for amendment and adjustment.

  10. Tohir Olaitan says:

    That is good of you.

  11. This is inspiring! when you were “cooking up” this post, you could have had me in mind. I feel as though the words were targeted at me. Thanks for the eye opening and motivating piece. Love you always bro!

  12. My fellow blogger friend , I have been following your piece and you have served as an inspiration to me. Keep up the good work

  13. …#smiles. Wont disappoint you bro!

  14. Thank you very much for this piece. All the points you raised are genuine and true. I remembered in 1999 when an older friend of mine (now late) encouraged me to write. He was also a writer and had been publishing in opinion columns in newspapers. I decided to try my hands on any topic and choose child abuse. That same week my article was published in the Tide Newspaper. My joy knew no bounds and almost every week I churned out articles and got published in The South-South Express, Nigerian Observer, Punch, Vanguard etc. I finally became lethargic and stopped in 2003. During my NYSC in 2007, my friend, fellow corps member who knew my capacity to write told me that he is not a naturally gifted writer like me and he started writing long after I had stopped but rose to become features editor of a newspaper. That I am wasting away my God-given talent! I laughed over it but he struck a cord in me. The following week after that statement coincidentally became angry with the way Nigeria approached the bidding process of the Commonwealth Games at Colombo, Sri Lanka’s capital. I decided to dissipate my anger in writing a piece. My piece “Tears and Lessons from Colombo”, was published the next day in Vanguard newspaper and I showed it to my friend who was happy that he had been vindicated! Unfortunately, after that piece I have not seriously put pen to paper again! That nagging desire continues to weigh down on me and inwardly I know that I can write but I kept procrastinating!My problem is to sit down and refuse myself any distraction. I think this piece is a welcome motivator and once more I say, “Thank You” Abdullahi.

  15. Writting has given me a peace of mind.I normally do write poems and when I write something it has to be about my difficulties or hardships or joyful days.Writting has positively influenced my life.

  16. I created a blog with word press.. but most time, I don’t understand how it works… is there more to it? how easy is blogging?

  17. This is just what I needed but I still have an unanswered question regarding writing daily. Is it okay to use the normal everyday english to pass a message while writing or must one involve the use of complicated words to put up a well written piece? I asked because some time back I gave someone my work to go through and he said the english were too plain.
    Keep up the good work!

  18. Hi Abdullahi,

    I can relate – instantly.

    I write daily – and a thousand words (or more) at that. But, the number of times I’ve manufactured excuses for my failure is more that I can comfortably admit. However, when the thoughts of the consequences of being lazy on a project strike, it’s like a pin prick – I jump up and react, immediately.

    Did I just mention that the quote in the post, “work is the cure of poverty” actually fired me on as it did you? Honestly, some words contain the fire to inspire a whole generation!

    Make the day great!

    Always,
    Terungwa

    • Well, I guess I can go to bed fulfilled. If prolific writers like you, Terungwa, sometimes feel lazy to write, maybe my lack of discipline to write daily isn’t a capital offense after all 😉

      And it’s good to know that quote also fired you. Thanks for reading.

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