#5onFri: Five Benefits of Writing Every Day

by Lucy Benton
published in Writing

Writing every day can benefit everyone, not only writers. It improves your memory, builds vocabulary, and refines your communication skills. Not to forget that writing can be very relaxing, especially if you lead a busy and stressful life. You can either start a dream journal, write down your daily adventures, or simply put the pen to the paper and see where it leads. There are no specific rules, just creating a habit of writing every day. And perhaps you will pen the next great novel! Check out these five reasons to give it a try.

1) Help with writer’s block

Every creative individual knows how difficult it is to face writer’s block. It is a terrible thing to deal with, and some writers don’t know how to get past it. Perhaps you are used to producing high-quality text for your blog, but now cannot even complete one paragraph without feeling unmotivated. Or you stopped working on your short story because the thought of continuing to write is terrifying. You need to reduce the pressure, regardless of your current situation. And the best way to do so is to start writing a couple of sentences every day.

Many writers rely on that spark of imagination which inspires them to write. Some might even ask for help to get them going. But writing should become a habit for you. So choose a time of the day when you will sit down and write. It might be difficult at first, but do your best not to feel stressed and write as relaxed as possible. Don’t be too concerned about the quality of your work because you can always come back later and edit it. Writing will become natural if you persist, which will do wonders for your productivity in the future.

2) Expand your vocabulary

It doesn’t matter if you are a professional writer or not, having a good vocabulary can help you out in numerous situations. Now that we are in an era of online communication, everyone is searching for shorter and easier ways to share our thoughts with the world, which makes our vocabularies smaller and smaller. If you notice that you cannot find a right word in a business meeting or while writing an email, it might be time to start writing more.

You can begin by learning one new word every single day and making a habit of using it in your writing. If you are worried that you might forget the words after a couple of days, dedicate a single page of your journal to making a complete list of the ones you used in the past. You can revisit the list and throw in a couple of expressions into your current project.

3) Become a better writer

Consistency is key when it comes to improving your writing skills. Stephen King, who is one of the most productive writers ever, claims that writing every single day is the reason why he is capable of completing more than one book a year. So the more you write, the stronger your writing skills will become. You will be able to communicate clearly with your readers and discover your own style.

Writing daily can introduce you to different techniques that might be very fun for you, and ignite your imagination. You may try poetry because it can teach you even more about the creative process. Plus, this is where your vocabulary will come into play, because you will be able you use more obscure words and explore the meanings.

4) Relieve Stress

Journaling is a form of writing that reduces stress, and there are several psychological studies that prove it. Putting down the events of your day on a piece of paper or  even writing a life story  about yourself will give you a better perspective of your current situation, and you will probably feel better once you share your emotions with a journal. This can have a positive effect on people who are very closed up and tend not to share their feelings with their friends or family.

You can also use journaling to track your moods, and this can give you an excellent overview. So after finishing a daily entry, don’t forget to add how are you feeling at that particular time. You might be able to recognize the reasons why you feel a specific emotion and learn how to cope in the future.

5) Make a profit

There are so many online job opportunities for writers that will provide the ability to earn some money while doing exactly what you love. If you always wanted to be a blogger, now might be the time to publish your first post. However, if you want to attract an audience to your articles, you need to post often, and your work should be engaging.

This means you need to practice writing and get better at your craft. The more readable and educational your work is, the more your audience will stop by.

Sitting down and writing can do wonders for you. So whether if you journal to boost your creativity, or produce online content, writing will improve your life, and make your mind sharper. Plus, your vocabulary will expand which will boost your communication skills. With so many benefits, there is no reason why you shouldn’t write at least a couple of sentences on a daily basis.

Lucy Benton is an editor and writer who focuses mostly on the worlds of technology, gadgets, and the Internet.  If you’re interested in working with Lucy, you can find her on Twitter or check out her website Pro Writing Partner .

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