The Benefits of a Daily Writing Challenge

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When you’re constantly on the go, hustling your hardest, it’s hard to make time for other fulfilling activities. I love writing but outside of what I write for Metiza, I don’t really do much of it. Until now. I began writing daily for at least 5 minutes and the creativity that has flowed out is unbelievable.

I recently signed up Skillshare, an online learning platform that gives you access to thousands of courses. While scouring their creative writing courses, I came across a 10 day journaling challenge. The challenge put forth in this video is simple- write for a minimum of 5 minutes, 10 at most, and do this for 10 days. Your only constraint is that each new entry must start with ‘Today I noticed.’

It seems simple. Mundane even. But I noticed the benefits immediately. I felt hopeful. I tweaked the challenge to fit what I was looking for. Instead of writing about my real life, I wrote fiction. Starting with an idea and just seeing where it went with no pressure.

I’ve always been hesitant to dive into fiction writing for fear of falling flat. This exercise has somehow quieted that part of my mind, letting other options and thoughts roll in that help me create a story.

As a writer, or any creative career, it’s important to find little tasks like this to help you cleanse your creative palette. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stopped writing something because I didn’t know where to go. Or I just never picked it up again for that same reason.

By giving myself permission to just write, it’s like my brain unlocked itself and just spilled out ideas all over the page. Enough to where I could reread what I wrote and actually see myself continuing on with the story.

I felt really damn proud.

Writing something without structure seems to negate everything we were taught in school. Especially for someone like me who loves planning events out. Just enough so I knew where I was going and was able to fill in as I went at that point.

If you’re struggling with writer’s block, this method is bound to help break you out of that cell. If you’re new to our site, we’re huge on journaling. Taking 5-10 minutes to write about your day is incredibly helpful as well. It breaks you out of the monotonous routine that subtly takes form in hobbies you love. If you’re feeling a little spicy, you can begin writing a short story instead.

Whatever helps you feel refreshed at the end, do that.

No matter what you choose to write, just committing to the act of daily writing is a huge step. I may only be a few days in, but I’m already seeing the benefits of this challenge. I hope you’ll join me on this journey!

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