The Writer’s Devotional
By Amy Peters
Sterling Publishing Co. 2012
Do it every day. Make a habit of putting your observations into words and gradually they will become instinct. This is the most important rule of all and, naturally, I don’t follow it.
One of the first benefits you’ll derive from creating a daily routine for your writing is a “loosening” of your writing style. After only a few weeks, you’ll find that you’re less inhibited and that you’re better able to develop more natural rhythms with your language.
A daily writing schedule will also increase your confidence in your ability to write. Each time you sit down to write, it will, one hopes, become easier and more enjoyable. Writing daily will also help you be a better judge of your writing and help you be a more effective critic of your own work. Because of the continuity of your work, you’ll be able to read through your writing and distinguish what makes your writing better from one day to the next. As the weeks glide by, you’ll likely see a huge improvement in the quality of your writing.
Author Geoff Dyer may joke about not following through on his writing routine, but in reality he believes in it. “Personally, I am very prone to the ‘I can’t be bothered’ attitude to life. But this brings no contentment. On the contrary: it ends up…goading me into action, into bothering.”
Contributed by Barbara Cairns (SSRA Member)