Skip to main content

Writing Everyday

     Just like athletes workout on a regular basis to excel in their sport, writers should do the same thing. I have found that writing—or trying to write—everyday has improved my writing significantly. Writers have good days and bad days just like everyone else, but getting in the habit of pushing myself to write at least something every day, is so much help. Here are some things I have found.

1. Find a contest/group/challenge
          I have been a part of both Go Teen Writers’ 100–4–100 challenges, and this has been great for me. One hundred words is not a lot at all, but it is the habit it creates that is so helpful. Finding something like this can help keep you accountable. And prize motivations once and a while are good too : )

2. Find a time and place
          Family and school come before my writing, so writing at night after life slows down a bit and school is done, I write. This time is most productive for me. I also enjoy writing at the book store (where I am now) whenever I get the chance. But, when I don’t get to come here, I sit in an arm chair in our family room or at the desk in my room. Finding a time and place that benefits you the most is important.

3. Get someone to do it with you
          Last 100–4–100 challenge my best friend did it with me. This time, my brother and my dad jumped in. It is so fun to toss around the latest ideas we have for our stories. Plus, it’s another person to keep you accountable. Finding a friend that can push you without it being a competition is a lot of fun and can keep you going. 

4. Set your own goals
          I would like to have the second draft of my novel done by the time this challenge is over, so I calculated how many words I would need to write every day. It’s a steep number so I will be okay if I don’t reach that goal. It’s okay to make challenging—not impossible—goals and miss them. As long as you tried your best, you can be happy with yourself.

5. If you’re on your first draft, know it won’t be perfect. 
          I struggled with this when I was writing my novella. I kept getting caught up with how horrible I thought my writing was, and it hindered my story from moving forward. I wrote on a sticky note and placed it on my wall. It says, “It’s the first draft. It’s supposed to be bad.” I still have that note in my binder. 

          I hope that some of you will try to start writing every day. Whether you are a published author, a writer striving for publication, someone writing for fun, or even a student who thinks your writing needs to improve. Whoever you are, writing something everyday can help you improve. 


  1. Great post again.
    I suppose you're just a bit like me. I mean, when I'm just writing, I think about the part of the story I did already write and then it's like: 'I really have to think about this, and that do I really have to change.' It's a temptation to don't go back and fix everything...;-)

    1. I'm glad you liked it! I do the same thing, especially with my WIP where I'm changing something very drastic.

  2. Good tips, Alyson ! I'm pinning :)


Post a Comment

Let me know what you think : )

Popular posts from this blog

How to Create a Fact Manual for a Book Series {Peek into My Next Story}

I started my current story, Ideal Lies, last year, and this time, I decided to make it a trilogy. This story is a mix between dystopian and utopian.

10 Weird Things Writers Do ... And Are Perfectly Okay

Writing a Book With Two POVs and a Linear Timeline

I've never been one to write an "easy" story.

Even the project I'm working on now, one I began almost four years ago, was one of complex construction. Mainly, this book was made up of two side by side points of view. Two different characters told two different stories that only intertwined at crucial points throughout the plot. Before I even began, I knew that it would be a difficult story to write without causing mass confusion. 
I'd never written a story anything like this before (and even now, I'm editing to change one of the storylines completely), but I knew one thing:  {My time-line could never back-peddle.}

This would prove an annoying decision, but one that drastically improved my story. Every story is different, but I can outline the logistics of what I did to make this linear timeline possible. 
First, decide your primary main character. With two stories, not just two perspectives on the same story, your story will appear to have two main characters. You…