A lot of people ask me how I can write every single day. “How can you possibly have time for that?” “Do you sleep?” “Is someone else ghostwriting for you?” “Did you quit your job?” These are actually questions people have asked me – most of them people I’ve never met. Those who know me, whether through this wonderful cyber bloggy world or in every day life already know the answers.
1.) We actually do have time to do things we really want to do.
2.) I used to battle with insomnia but yoga and meditation helped me get some shut eye. Now I sleep better than I have ever slept in my life.
3.) No, no one else writes this blog. I do love my guest posters, though, and they get full credit for their work.
4.) I still have a day job – gotta pay those student loans somehow. And I started my own business, Compass Yoga, on the side.
The trick of how to write every day? Practice. Not complicated. If you really want to write, then write. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes a day. Put fingers to keyboard, pen to notebook, crayon to paper. Use whatever medium you enjoy and crank. Some of it will be brilliant and a lot of it will be throw-away. That’s okay. You’re just practicing. And the beautiful thing about practice is that the more you do, the better you get. Almost 4 years ago when I started my daily writing journey I wrestled with every word. My delete button was worn out from overuse.
But here’s the thing – I kept going. And now, the words do flow more easily. I find inspiration for my writing everywhere. You will frequently find me scribbling in my moleskin book or typing some note into my phone to write about later. My practice writing and curating creative experiences has made me realize just how much more there is to write about and experience. And that’s what keeps me going.
This blog is part of the 2011 WordPress Post Every Day Challenge.