Why You Need To Establish A Daily Ritual If You Want To Be A Good Writer.
A daily writing practice, although helpful, is only one of the keys to being a good writer.
I have set intentions to write daily in the past, and I have failed miserably. With all the will in the world, I have found myself sitting down, determined to write and then….nothing.
When I say nothing, I don't mean I have writer's block; instead, I find myself not having anything of relevance to say, or so I think.
The negative internal dialogue I subject myself to daily is real. Changing the way I think has been one of the hardest challenges in my life. I can talk a good talk; walking my talk, however, is a completely different matter.
Once I discovered that I needed action in my life to move me forward, my writing has become so much easier.
The process of writing is so different for each individual; I found myself reading extensively on how to become a better writer. what I was slow to learn is that if I have a daily ritual before writing, the words flow onto the page so much easier and faster.
Having a day job and running a house takes up some of my time, so whenever I thought about writing, the time factor always crept in. Do I really have enough time to write? How can I squeeze everything into my day, so I feel fulfilled by the time I go to bed?
Then I discovered living ritualistically. I am one of those people who can live idealistically in my head. Everything has to be perfect, and when it's not, it justifies the long periods of procrastination I have endured over decades.
Today is different. I am different.
Building a daily ritual practice has taken time to perfect with a lot of trial and error. I have idealised that I would wake up, practice yoga for an hour, drink lemon water, meditate for sixty minutes, journal and write all day if I wanted to.
Cue the reality check.
Discovering that i needed to be flexible and bend when required to become a better, more satisfied writer, I have accepted that a little daily ritual is better than not contributing to my progress to live the life I want.