This year, as a part of my mission to become a regularly published (and all round better) writer, I decided to embark on a journey of writing every single day.
Whilst that may not sound particuarly impressive to some, it is to me. Mainly because inspiration doesn’t always arrive on a silver platter with complimentary snacks. Sometimes you’ve gotta dig for it in the rain (can I get anymore dramatic?).
As I write this, it’s been less than a month of creating a shiny new habit, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learnt so far (which surprisingly a lot, I’m happy to report).
Go with the inspo flow
Some days, I feel like James Patterson (who pumps out approximately 3 books a year) and others I’m more George R.R. Martin (who’s left us in suspense for too damn long). There’s been days where I’ve written three articles and barely blinked and others where I’ve completely disregarded my challenge. I’ve written at all hours of the day, and haven’t yet determined an ideal time to write, which is perfectly okay. As the title demands, you’ve just gotta go with it.
Write with a publisher in mind
I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with topics I’d normally steer away from. This is because I want to get published. I want my name in print as *much* as possible, and the only way to achieve that is to write for lots of different industries. So far I’ve tackled organisation, mindfulness, parenting, business, creativity and social media. Each article sounds like me, but has a generic spin that makes it easier to pitch with. E.g. an article is far more likely to get picked up if it’s about “5 items every women needs in her wardrobe”, as opposed to “5 items I need in my wardrobe”. Capiche?
Some days you will suck
The piece you write might sound like the editorial equivalent of a junk draw. Messy, confusing, and filled with content you could probably do without. But that’s fine. It’s more than fine, actually, because you still wrote something! You put in the time to work on your craft and you’ve got physical proof to back it up. Keep your disasterpiece filed away in drafts to either come back to at a later date, or to laugh at when you’re having a case of writer’s block.
Brain dump your ideas
Sometimes, if I’m feeling in a slump, I like to trawl through the blogs/magazines I subscribe to. Even if it’s just to skim the titles, a quick 10-15 minutes of browsing usually results in an idea or two popping up. Immediately write those suckers down, I repeat, immediately. Even if you’re not in a position to put your writer boots on, record your thoughts to come back to at a more *ideal* time. The beauty of this method is that at any given period you should have 1-5 potential pieces ready to be written.
Stay tuned for more learnings, coming soon to a screen near you.