A few months, I challenged myself to post something on Medium every single day for 30 days.
It’s a fairly common challenge among Medium writers, and I had been interested in trying it ever since I first started writing here.
I surprised myself by completing the challenge with much less trouble than I expected.
My main takeaways after the challenge? It had encouraged me to explore new writing subjects and helped my readership to grow, but it hadn’t improved my writing ability as much as I had hoped it would.
I decided afterward that I would stop trying to write every day, but that I would still try to write more consistently than I had in the past.
Flash forward a few months and I suddenly realized that my vow to write consistently has gone out the window.
Sure, I’ve continued to write (and post on Medium), but my writing has become more sporadic than ever. In the month after the challenge, I only published three things to Medium, and in the month after that, I was down to two.
I wish I could say that I was writing less for Medium because I was writing more fiction, or blogging on other platforms. Unfortunately, the truth is that I had started to write less in general.
Which brings me to a week ago. I realized that the daily goal had made consistent writing much easier for me, and so I decided to give it another try.
This time around, my hope is to keep writing daily indefinitely. (Although, I’m not being too strict with myself. I expect to have plenty of slip-ups and missed days along the way.)
Below are a few of the advantages that I experienced last time I wrote daily, and hope to see again. Hopefully, they can help you find motivation for your own writing habit:
The Advantages of Writing Daily
As I already mentioned, writing daily helps me stay consistent. It may sound counter-intuitive, but I actually find it easier to write every day than to write just a few days a week. Writing becomes more routine and habitual, making it require less effort.
- Reducing Pressure
When I only write a few times a month, I feel really anxious each time I publish something. The trouble is, I worry a lot about whether it will find many readers or fade into obscurity. When I’m publishing every day, it matters much less to me how well any individual post does. This helps to keep the pressure off.
- Improved Mood
Writing isn’t always fun for me. Sometimes I really love doing it, and other times it feels like I’m pulling teeth to get a single sentence out. Regardless of how much I’m enjoying the actual writing process though, I always end up feeling better in general after I’ve been writing a lot. For me, it’s a bit like making sure you exercise even when you aren’t in the mood.
- Increased Readership
Like (almost) all writers, I enjoy having readers. Since I stopped writing daily, my views on Medium have stalled out. To keep readers in the online age, consistency really does seem to be key.
- Becoming a Better Writer
What are my long-term goals as a writer? I’m still not sure, but I know that I want to be better than I am now. There are a lot of things that can help a writer improve, but the one that seems to matter most is simply writing. I may never be a great writer, but I’ll at least try to be the best writer I can be.