In my daily internet surfing routine, I often come across a variety of other blogs that stress the importance of writing daily if you want to call yourself a “writer”. However, I’m not sure that all of us writers really grasp that point.
Consider daily writing as an emotional catharsis. You have an idea, or something is bothering you, even a small notion of something that interests you is important in your world. I say your because what you may think is important to you may not seem so important to others, but it is important nonetheless, and thus requires writing down. Writing it (whatever it may be) down can help to declutter your mind. It could be something as strong as your feelings while going through a divorce, or perhaps it’s something as small as writing out your grocery list.
As I’ve stated in prior posts on this blog, I carry a notebook with me everywhere I go. Sometimes it’s a big three subject notebook, other times it’s a pocket-sized Moleskine. Regardless of its size, I always have something to record what’s in my head.
This daily writing not only cleanses my thoughts, but it also keeps my muse alive. I’m nourishing her by feeding into my impulses and keeping her hydrated by allowing the ink to flow from my pen. She thanks me by continually giving me ideas to write on.
I feel it’s also important to write everything down since distractions are everywhere. One minute I’m thinking I need to visit a particular site to read more on a writer’s conference that I know is coming up soon, and the next I’m wondering which right hand turn I’m to take. I’ve learned, mostly through trial and error, that if I think it…I need to write it…or I’ll most certainly forget it.
I encourage you to write daily. Be it a ten page narrative, a short story, a poem, even your “to-do” list…write it down. And when your muse seems hungry for ink, give in – pick a quiet spot and let all your thoughts flow. For all we know, our daily writings could be the next big novel or the next Pulitzer Prize winner.