How to Write Every Day

For many authors, writing is a hobby and we dream of being able to quit our day jobs and dedicate all of our time to the written word. But for many it’s a dream that never comes true and I’m going to tell you the secret as to why this never becomes a reality…

The key to becoming a better writer is to simply write more. I read a quote somewhere once about we only improve our writing by writing more, and when I came to use it for this post, I couldn’t for the life of me find it anywhere – so maybe it doesn’t exist, but it’s something that I live by.

If you’re not writing, how can you hope to improve? Writing may be natural to some people but it doesn’t come out perfect for anybody and will always need editing or revising. So the more you practise your writing, in theory, the less editing you will need to do afterwards – why don’t you test this out and let me know!

But on my hunt for this mystery quote, I did come across some pretty good ideals:

How to Write Every Day

How to Write Every Day

How to Write Every Day

Now I know there are some of you out there who struggle with writing regularly. Maybe you’re a full-time Mum? Maybe you have a day job and then when you come home you’re a full-time Mum there too? Maybe you’re just so busy doing this, that and the other, you don’t have a second left in the day to write?

Well I found Neil Gaiman had some very good advice:

How to Write Every Day

And indeed, it is that simple. Yet excruciatingly difficult.

But you have to admit he has a point. It’s time that you make time. I know some authors who get up two hours before the rest of their family so they have some peace and quiet to utilise. I know some people who dedicate half an hour of their day in which no-one can interrupt them.

Me? Well I have one day a week that is dedicated to all things writing related. Now sometimes, this gets sapped up by my Critiquing groups, or the speaker events I help run but that doesn’t stop me from squeezing in a little time in the morning before work starts.

In fact, it was only last week that I managed to write over 3,000 words in my free time, in-between commuting to and from work, doing freelance work for clients and volunteering with a local writer’s society. So it may not be a lot but that’s 3,000 words closer to finishing that novel and it averages just under 500 words a day which is a lot more progress than before I started making the time to do a little writing.

What do you do to ensure you write every day? Do you grab a minute or two in and around work or do you do it all in your cosy desk corner at home? Let me know in the comments below!

    10 Comments

  1. Elisha Neubauer 30th November 2015 at 5:50 pm Reply

    I try to get it in as often as possible – but I have a teething, demanding toddler and a growing publishing business. I find updating my blog helps as it’s quicker and easier to do when she’s in a foul mood or the business is swamped with a release or an overflow of submissions. I hate being interrupted when I get into a flow, so if I know I won’t have time to work on the novel that day, I take to the blog and hammer out a quick 300-800 words. It allows me to keep up my writing flow without having to stop mid-thought in the novel.

    • Natasha Orme 1st December 2015 at 8:00 am Reply

      Hi Elisha, thanks so much for your response. It is definitely hard when the demands of life prevent you from having the designated time and need to write. Working on blog posts is a great way to keep the creativity flowing and encouraging yourself. It’s better to write something, even if it’s rubbish or doesn’t make sense, than to write nothing at all.

  2. Lorrie B 1st December 2015 at 12:59 pm Reply

    Brilliant advice for anyone with passion and drive. I could add that writing daily soon becomes a necessity; on those extremely rare days that I don’t write, I feel distinctly out of sorts. Writers write in their head, too, not just with a pen or keyboard… something to “keep in mind” (pun intended). Now perhaps someone could tell us prolific writers what to do with all this writing? That’s where I get stuck – not in the writing, but in the sharing of it…

    • Natasha Orme 2nd December 2015 at 7:59 am Reply

      Hi Lorrie, thanks so much for sharing. You’re absolutely right as well. Once we get into a habit of making time to write every day, it then becomes second nature. In terms of the sharing of the writing, that entirely depends on what is you want to gain. If you simply want to share what you’ve done then social media is the best way to do that, or a blog. There are also some great content platforms such as Medium and there is a large fan base for fiction on there. I’m even subscribed to a serialised fiction and the writer releases a chapter a week. If you’re looking to get paid for your writing, then maybe something like Channillo is more worth it? You do need to pay a membership fee but if you want to share your work with passionate readers, this is one way to do it! I hope that helps and feel free to drop me a line if you want any, more specific, advice 🙂

      • Lorrie B 3rd December 2015 at 6:38 pm Reply

        Such a gracious. thoughtful answer. Thanks so much, Natasha. I will definitely check out Channillo, and keep following your blog. Namaste!

        • Natasha Orme 4th December 2015 at 8:12 am Reply

          Thank you Lorrie, please don’t hesitate to drop me a line if you want me to discuss some particular writing related topics here 🙂

  3. Lisa McDonnell 2nd December 2015 at 3:33 am Reply

    I am now in the final phase of my return to nursing practice course, a 3000 word reflective assignment. A piece of academic writing, with references, the whole kit and caboodle. I’m overwhelmed to say the least. Today I cleaned the house and delayed what has to be completed by 27th December. It’s on my mind but fear of failure at the last hurdle and the enormity of it all just makes me do anything but sit and write. I have started in my story telling, immature writing style , which is not what the exam board want, to turn it into the academic piece they expect at this level is just an enormous task.

    • Natasha Orme 2nd December 2015 at 8:03 am Reply

      Hi Lisa, thanks for sharing. I completely understand what you mean. The moment I realised I had to sit and write a dissertation that would amount for 40% of my degree from the past three years, that was large cross to bear. There are some good writing exercises that can help to combat this, one of which I used to always practice at the beginning of a lecture. Take five minutes and write everything that’s on your mind. Every worry, every hope, ambition, anything at all. It doesn’t need to make sense and it doesn’t really need to have any grammar or anything but by physically writing it down you’re unburdening yourself and are able to temporarily lock that compartment of thoughts. It is hard to get back into the swing of things, especially when it’s an academic piece but I’m sure you’ll manage it!

  4. dgkaye 8th December 2015 at 12:57 am Reply

    Great advice and reminder Natasha. PS you may notice I ‘unfollowed’ you here, because I’m signed up for your emails and eliminating duplicates. 🙂

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