Thursday, 15 December 2022

WATCH YOUR INTELLECT AND HEALTH IMPROVE WITH THE HABIT OF WRITING




 Generally we are all tuned to think that writing is an art, that only  lucky few can do it well. But expert argue that it 's an excuse  - a justification that many of  us say and use prominently. But the truth is the that the key to being a better writer is, essentially, to be a more productive one or more simply, the key to being a better writer is to write.

We think that great writers would have special inspiration or contrived stimuli to boost their output where as the world's most brilliant writers stressed regular routines and schedules for writing. 

Maya Angelou, Ernest Hemming way, Charles Dickens, and Oliver Sacks kept regular hours to cultivate creative rhythms. They might 've had certain quirks (Hemming way wrote standing up, and Maya Angelou kept a room in a budget hotel to escape the distractions of her domestic life), but many kept schedules and routines that look as ordinary and predictable as those in any individual's life.

Mostly many have a schedule of writing like everyday work. Like a routine because it demands such efforts. Becoming a better writer  & working on muscles are some what similar advices an expert as they both - writing and  strength training  can feel awkward and a little painful at first. But the point is to keep at it, even when it's uncomfortable and you 'd  rather quit.

Simply put, the key to being a better writer is to write.

Make a regular habit of it, because  as author  Gretchen Rubin writes, ''Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life." In this case habit lends the necessary scaffolding to support better writing.

"Write like crap if you have to . But write every day. Keep the streak alive," says Beth Dunn , author of Cultivating Content Design

So, How to make this work?

* Set aside time each day especially when you are fresh meaning the first thing in the morning. For many it may be different. You can choose the time of the day that would work for you.

* Don't write  a lot . Just write often - The advice to write often is from author Jeff Goins,  who points out  that - " Spending five hours on a Saturday writing isn't nearly as valuable as spending 30 minutes a day every day of the week. Especially when You 're just getting started."

Jeff also says habits "Practiced once a week   aren't habits at all. They 're obligations.''  He adds "If you're doing something once a week, it's probably only a matter of time before you stop doing it altogether."

Finally we have to understand that there are no short cuts to becoming a better writer. So show up at your desk and get to it. Daily

Writing daily not only helps in establishing ourselves as writers but also as healthy individuals. The center for Journal therapy  confirms that Writing help the user to propel their personal growth, practice creative expression and feel a sense of empowerment and control over the user's life.

These are possible as expressive writing can result in a reduction in stress, anxiety and depression, improve sleep and performance; and brings greater focus and clarity. These effects of writing as a tool for healing are well documented.

Writing in seniors stimulates cognitive function & memory retention. Writing something down help them to remember it.

It has been demonstrated, across a variety of investigations , that writing activities yield a number of intellectual, physiological, and emotional benefits to individuals. These benefits include improve memory function, decreased symptomatology, and greater feelings of happiness. 

Then what are you waiting for ? Without any further delay, start the worthwhile activity of writing everyday.


This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla.)

30 comments:

  1. Anuradaha - I enjoy reading your posts. I find that you not trying to gain anything from the reader; rather, your interest is strictly in presenting the subject. Agree with you that writing is a craft and needs dedication and practise.

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  2. This is such a useful advice for those who give up writing easily, im one of them 😬 and definitely this is helpful.

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  3. Writers are just not given their due. Loved the points you have shared . Writing has helped me with my mental health for sure.

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  4. writing is an art and the more we practice the better we come out as a writer. Writing helps us to think different and out of the box which turns out to be a creative way of self development

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  5. I completely agreed with you. Writing daily helps an individuals a lot in different manner. I personally experience when I write I am tend to be happiest version 😊 Writing does keep stress away from me. Just I have to ensure that I will follow the habit as you mentioned. I do need to maintain a routine for it.

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  6. Wonderful post Anuradha.
    'To become a writer, you have to write'... so true! and I totally agree that writing once a week(like I do) is no good cuz honestly, sometimes it does feel like an obligation n not a passion. Your write up was like an eye opener to me

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  7. Writing does not mean you have to write poems or philosophy or stories. Writing is a form of stress buster and often in cases of depression or anxiety doctors advise to maintain a diary with your thoughts in it which helps in reducing the stress. Just writing your thoughts or even to do task list everyday helps a lot.

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  8. There are no hacks or shortcuts. The best way to develop and improve our writing skills is through practice. As the popular saying goes, practice makes perfect. Love all your pointers.
    -Anjali

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  9. I must agree with all you've said. For me at least, I knew I loved sharing my ideas through writing than speaking. The beauty of putting out something little as a practice everyday would surely make one great in their craft. Practice makes progress after all.-MommyWithAGoal

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  10. There are a lot of benefits of writing. My daughter swears by journaling. Although I am not a writer.

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  11. I keep hearing about the writing every day no matter what. In design school, we were taught to sketch every day and that made a lot of difference. Creativity of any form requires practice.

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  12. I agree that we must begin and be consistent. And be able to take feedback and criticism - that is how you improve and become a good writer. Also reading consistently helps one understand language and grammar. A good tip for improving ones writing would be to start with product reviews on sites that we purchase from or on sites like Quora & Readit.

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  13. Writing is the best habit that someone can develop.

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  14. Your point that writing is a craft and needs dedication and practice is a very important fact. t's the fuel that drives communication, and communication serves as a framework for society. t makes our knowledge, our personal aspirations and our work for the future visible to others. Writing is the means to explain our ideas to ourselves and to others while preserving our personal experiences and our memories. No one else can do it for you.

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  15. This is so true. Writing, like everything else in life, only gets better with practice.
    Noor

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