It takes 21 days to form a habit. 21 days of doing the same thing, over and over and over and again, until it becomes part of your daily routine. Ummm….21 days doesn’t seem so bad, right?
One of the most well-known writing tips is, if you’re serious about becoming a successful writer, you should get into the habit of writing every day. (See where I’m going with this?)
Since this summer seems to be the Summer of Challenges, i.e. Fire Challenge, Ice Water Challenge, Let’s do stupid things for ‘likes’ Challenge, I decided to take on something more productive and less likely to get me killed.
I’m challenging myself and all my writing folks to write daily for 21 days. What you write about, when you write, and how much content you write is up to you. I just want you to write. The more you write, the better you will become at writing.
You don’t have to write a stack of pages or 1000+ words each day. That’s not what this challenge is. Your goal is to form a daily habit sitting down in front of your computer and start typing words into a document or jotting notes in a notepad.
You can write about anything from what you had for lunch, to venting about your co-workers. Write about your goals and dreams. Write your most random thoughts or work on the outline to a new writing project. Write a short blog post every day or work on a short story. Write about anything that gets you into the habit of actually writing.
Let become an informal writing group by tracking our progress together using the hashtag #21daysofwriting and posting our progress on Facebook and Twitter.
Much like starting a new exercise routine, or new diet, the first few days may be a bit shaky. But just remember, it’s not about what you write — your job is just to write. And after 21 days, you’d have developed the skills of other successful authors. Authors who’ve developed the habit of writing every day.
So, lets get to writing!