How to Start Your Creative Writing Practice

700 days ago, I wanted to become a better writer.  And so I sat down at my computer every day to string some words together.

I’ll admit, in the beginning I had no idea what I was doing. I didn’t know anything about proper writing technique (is that even a thing?). I didn’t take a writing class. I didn’t know what to expect when I approached my 100th day, nor my 500th day of sharing my writing on social media. 

All I wanted to do was become a better writer.  All I wanted was to exercise my creativity and practice my communication skills. 

The hardest days were the ones where I felt like I had nothing to share. On those days, my mind went blank as I struggled to find a “good” idea I wanted to explore. 

So how did I do it? 

The key wasn’t to write something good. Rather, the key was to write something down. That subtle difference in rule kept my creative writing alive for 2 years. 

I’ll say it again: the key to starting and maintaining a writing habit isn’t to write something original or clever each and every time. Instead, it’s to simply write.

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