——表明:原著作者里奥·巴伯塔(原作链接:How to Write Every Day BY LEO

I write every single day. I do it for a living, of course, but I think
writing daily has allowed me to do it for a living.


I journal, I write blog posts, courses for my Sea Change program, books
and ebooks. For fun, I’ve written 50,000 words of a novel for NaNoWriMo,
and another year I wrote 110,000. For years, I wrote newspaper articles
and opinion columns. None of this is to brag, but to show the kind of
writing I do when I write daily.


The Benefits


Writing every day has helped me in so many ways. Just to name a few:


• My writing skills have improved with the years.笔者写作技巧日渐进步。

• I’m able to write faster, type faster, with so much

• I can clarify my thinking better because of writing

• I’m able to think from the reader’s perspective, which helps me in
lots of life

• I am forced to reflect on my life, which deepens my

• I am forced to figure out how to motivate myself to write

• I learn to create a regular practice, as I do with meditation,
exercise and eating healthily.

• I learn to overcome perfection and put things out there to be judged,
which helps me to embrace failure and messiness.

• I learn to overcome distraction and procrastination.

There are many more benefits too, from embracing uncertainty to find a
way to express the soul of my being. Not small feats, I

So how do you write daily? I’ll share a few ideas that work for me.


How to Write Daily


What works for you will be different than what I do, but I thought I’d
share what has helped me:


1. Most important: Have a great reason. The rest of this doesn’t
matter if you skip this step. Answer this question: Why do you want to
write every day? If it’s because it sounds fun, sounds cool, sounds nice
… you’ll abandon it when you face discomfort. If you want to do it to
help someone else, to make the world a better place, to lift someone’s
spirits, to reduce your pain, to find a way to express your deeper self
… then you can call on this deeper reason when things get difficult.


2. Block off undistracted time. All you need is 10 minutes a day.
But you have to block off those 10 minutes, and treat them as an
unmissable appointment. You wouldn’t tell your doctor that you’ll get to
your appointment with her “after checking your email and Facebook just
one more time” would you? Then don’t do that to your writing
appointment. This is undistracted time, so shut everything down, and
treat this space as sacred. Have a place you write, treat it like your
daily prayers, and be ready before the appointment starts.


3. Don’t let yourself forget. What would you do if you absolutely
couldn’t forget an appointment? You might write it on your calendar, set
an alarm, even put up a note where you couldn’t miss it. You might ask
someone else to remind you. Do all those things.


4. Do it in a sprint. Some people think they need to write for an
hour or two to make it count. But a task that big will seem daunting.
Instead, write for 5 minutes. Or 10. Something small and doable. Then
put your full focus and write your ass off for those 10 minutes, like
you’re running to the love of your life after a long separation.


5. Practice mindfulness. You can treat writing as a meditation —
it’s a way to put everything aside but you and the writing, to let your
thoughts become words on the page, to see your urges to run, the stories
you’re telling yourself about yourself and your life. Don’t simply rush
through the writing process and treat it as a chore — notice when your
mind is complaining, notice the texture of the room around you, notice
how your body feels as you sit and write, and embrace the moment.


6. Practice gratitude. As you practice mindfulness, notice the
awesomeness of this moment of self-expression. It’s so easy to take this
for granted, and want to go do something else. But instead, pause and
see what you can appreciate about this writing time. What is beautiful?
What are you taking for granted? For me, I am grateful just to have the
opportunity to write, to help others, to share what I am learning about
this world. And having a roof over my head, not starving and not being
in incredible pain, being able to see light and colors and hear the
music of the world … these are simply incredible!


7. Embrace imperfection. Writing is about letting go of our ideals,
and just doing anyway, even if we can’t have perfection. If we only
wanted to write amazing things, instead of sucky first drafts, we’d
never write. So we have to be messy, let ourselves not be good at
something, put it out anyway, and embrace the imperfection of life.


8. Don’t let your mind run (for a little while). Your mind will want
to run from the writing. This is normal. The mind doesn’t like
uncertainty and discomfort. You’ll want to go check email, check blogs,
check social media, check news, go clean your kitchen. Notice this urge,
and then sit with it. Don’t run.


So that might seem like a lot, but in truth it’s pretty simple. Have
a big reason, block off the time, set unforgettable reminders, do it
in short bursts, and be mindful, grateful, and focused.


Practicing this on a daily basis helps you form some incredibly useful
skills of staying with something and not running to distractions,
learning to express yourself, sticking to a regular habit, and being
mindful and grateful. These help in all areas of life, and I highly
recommend you start today.