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How does your writing practice benefit you?

According to A Writer’s
Book of Days
by Judy Reeves, these are the effects of a writing practice.
What do you think? And what would you add?

·
Daily writing practice sessions improve your
writing

·
Writing will come easier and be less forced

·
You’ll take more risks in your writing

·
You’ll become less self-conscious; your writing
will be looser, freer

·
You’ll learn your rhythms as a writer and what
you want to write about

·
You’ll discover your secrets and glimpse your
shadows

·
You’ll have an opportunity to grieve what needs
to be grieved, and to heal

·
You’ll feel good about yourself as a writer and
experience increased self-esteem

·
You’ll fill notebooks, which may mean the
beginnings, middles, and endings of some projects you didn’t even know you
wanted to write

I certainly agree with all of these points. And I think a daily writing practice can multiply
these benefits. I find writing daily allows me write even more freely and yes--
my writing is looser, more confident. I suppose it’s like anything else—the
more you do it, the better you get. The more you practice, the more you gain. I
also love the idea of a writing practice becoming a discovery of secrets and
shadows. These surprises are one of the main reasons I write. We learn things about ourselves, those hidden things, and grow not
only as writers, but as people. Worth it, indeed.

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“Don’t
just put in your time. That is not enough. You have to make a great effort. Be
willing to put your whole life on the line when you sit down for
writing-practice.”

-Natalie
Goldberg

photo by:Lyubomir Bukov

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