How 6 Months of a Daily Journaling Habit Changed My Writing

How 6 Months of a Daily Journaling Habit Changed My Writing

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  1. I’ve been trying to make a habit of either doing morning pages or journaling but it seems like it’s the first thing that gets pushed aside. This makes me want to seriously try to get the habit started and see where it takes me.

    • I totally understand that. Getting “pushed aside” is one of the reasons this became a morning habit — after I got up and made my coffee, I made a beeline for the couch, no matter what was going on that day. When I knew I was going to be really busy, I would wake up earlier to make sure I had time to write.

      Best of luck!

  2. I write my rear end off daily Loryn, for business of course but mainly because I have so much fun writing. Writing a journal, blogging or even writing blog comments helps words flow. You practice and writer’s block becomes a thing of the past. Beautiful how it works.

    • Isn’t it? So glad you’re seeing the benefits, too! Thanks for reading, Ryan 🙂

  3. So my excuse about waiting for inspiration really doesn’t cut it. If I create the habit inspiration is a lot more likely to sit down beside me with its own cup of coffee. Thanks for nudging my right brain a little more to the left. 🙂

  4. Hi Loryn,

    I almost write every day except for the few days off that I take after three or four months. I’d say that I’m not good at developing routines and building habits, but instead, I’m more of a to-do list person.

    When I schedule writing first thing in the morning, I can’t do anything else then. But I couldn’t agree more that writing every day can do wonders for us.

    • It’s all about creating a habit that works for you! Before this, I wasn’t very good at routines or habits either. But, I found that putting my habits ON my to-do list helped make sure I got them done 🙂

      Thanks for reading, Hassaan!

  5. Dear Loryn,
    Thank you for this.

    I read this at a time when I am struggling with a writers block after 8 years of writing. But more than anything, I loved your style of writing. This is probably the first article in a long time I have read from start till end without “scanning through”. I wish I could actually convey how attractive your style of writing is here. Engages the reader on a personal level.
    And just so you truly understand how much I appreciated this article – in the last 8 years of reading blogs daily and writing for a living, this is probably just the 2nd or 3rd time I have commented on a post.

    More power to you.

    • Vijay — Thank you so very much for the heartfelt compliment. I’m glad my writing resonated with you, and I hope it helps move you past your period of writer’s block! Don’t worry, it might not seem like it now, but you will get past it.

      Take care! 🙂

  6. Hey Loryn,

    Thought this was a really insightful piece.

    In my experience, habits are hard to get into, I’ve heard that it takes three weeks of being consistent to truly establish a habit, but can be really beneficial in the long term.

    For me, writing first thing in the morning and last thing in the evening seems to be the best for more creative work. Writing on a regular basis definitely makes the whole process easier though!

    Take it easy!

    • Thank you, Connor! Habits can be difficult to build, but showing up is what matters. Even if you only write a paragraph at a time, the important thing is to keep going 🙂

      Best of luck!

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