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How Writing Daily will Positively Influence Your Life

Today I begin presenting the winners of the “How Writing Has Positively Influenced YOUR Life” writing contest with 3rd place, by Cole Nemeth. Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. Over the following few days I will be posting all of the winning entries. Stay tuned, and help me congratulate Cole in the comments.

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For as long as I can remember I have been writing daily and it has most definitely had a positive influence on my life.

As a child I would write in my journal, create short stories and poems, and write out my homework assignments.

As an adult, I continue to write in my journal every day, I still write short stories and poems now and then, and in college I wrote for hours, but my writing also includes blog posts, articles and never-ending to-do lists.

It doesn’t matter what you write, just writing daily will positively influence your life.

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Clear Your Mind:

I’ve found that the best way to start a work day is to spend a few minutes freely writing any thoughts down, whether it’s with pen and paper, or keyboard and screen. So dish it all out. Word-vomit all over the place. Because until you get your thoughts out and clear your mind, they’re just going to keep coming up over and over again, distracting you from your work.

By writing out my jumbled thoughts, I find that it clears my mind and I can then work with ease and focus.

Goal Setting:

It’s been said time and time again, writing down your goals makes it more likely to accomplish them. From my own experience, I know this to be true. So, every day, I write down in my journal what needs to be done. Sometimes it’s just a daily to-do list, other times it’s goals for the year, or the next five years. All of my hopes, dreams and goals get written down and that makes it easier for me to figure out what needs to be done to accomplish them.

Brainstorm:

With a clear mind, and a daily to-do list written down, I can also spend some time writing down ideas in a crazy, hectic brainstorm session. Pages of my journal are full of scribbled notes that look like nonsense to anyone else but me. But the thing is, it’s just easier to brainstorm and come up with ideas when you have them written or typed out in front of you. One idea leads to another, and before you know it, you’ll have dozens of ideas written down right in front of you.

Process Emotions and Events:

At the end of the day, if I’m struggling with something that happened, or an emotion that’s left me feeling uncomfortable, I find it helps to write about it. The act of writing down troubling events and the emotions that come with them make it easier to process why it’s so bothersome, and how to handle it. So many of my journals are filled with daily events and confused emotions that could only be resolved by writing it out.

Improve Skills:

Having good reading and writing skills is essential in any job. It’s the one class we are all forced to take throughout our educational career, because without good communication skills, how are we going to get anything done? Writing daily will improve your reading and writing skills, no matter what level you’re currently at.

So, whether you consider yourself to be a good writer or not, we should all spend at least a few minutes writing every day to reap the benefits.

Do you write daily? How has it influenced your life? Share with us in the comments.

~Cole Nemeth

About Bryan Hutchinson

I'm a positive writer and when that doesn't work, I eat chocolate. I help fellow writers overcome doubt and thrive! In my free time, I love visiting castles with my wife, Joan. Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • http://unlessyoucareproject.com/ Eric Ungs

    Solid Bryan… I to set out to write every single day. As my schedule is up in limbo from having a three week old baby, my writing has become more fragmented. I am working to get back to that foundation of writing daily. The thing is, when I don’t write, I notice. Writing in the morning in my journal, as part of a brain dump, provides space within myself to tackle to the day fresh. I feel lighter and freer. There’s more brain capacity and energy to get in the flow of my work. The other major component of journaling, and all other writing forms for me, is understanding my thoughts. Or even, not even knowing what I am thinking until thoughts form into words on a page. This is helped me with perspective, empathy, compassion, gratitude. Seeing thoughts come alive on the page provides the clarity I’ve lived most of my life without. It’s been an essential part of my self growth journey. The points you make are exactly why I write, or try to, every single day. Thanks for sharing.

  • Clarbojahn

    Congrats, Cole, for winning third place in the contest!! This is a valuable article and similar to mine. From the articles I have read on this site it seems journaling is so key to the writing process that everyone who says writing has influenced them positively does it.

    And for all the reasons you state so clearly. Way to go!

    • http://peaceandchaos.com/ Cole Nemeth

      Thank you!

      I’ve noticed that trend to and I guess that’s just because it really does help to write things down 🙂

  • http://www.alliance-ruthetnoemie.org/ ANNIE EVE

    Brian, your article is very good. But I need to share something with you and your tribe. I have a problem with journaling now for during many months in a very difficult, terrible, perhaps the more painful time in my life, I wrote everyday about my frustration, anger, solitude, pain, doubt, fear all very negative stuff or about the man I was in love with (a passion who was destroying my own self..). And it seems that it has build a path in my brain. i can’t write anything when I’m happy now. I fear to write a journal because I don’t want to be caught in this process of complaining, grieving… Do you understand what I mean ? it’s a very important question and perhaps you don’t have any answer… Or perhaps do you know someone (a psychologist) who can help me ? Thanks so much…

    • http://www.positivewriter.com/ Bryan Hutchinson

      You’re right Annie. I don’t have the answer, but I do have an answer that fits me and I wrote about it in “Writer’s Doubt.” Sometimes you have to get it all out until you’re free from it. Therapy serves a similar purpose in that you discuss things until you’ve gotten them all out. It could be that you have more to say and get out of your system. However, with that said, it’s not a bad idea to seek help if you feel you need therapeutic help. There’s nothing wrong with that and could help.

      This article is actually by Cole Nemeth, but I do agree with her. And furthermore, I agree with you, too.

      Wishing you the best,
      Bryan

      • http://www.alliance-ruthetnoemie.org/ ANNIE EVE

        Thanks.

    • Tarang Sinha

      Err…if I may say something here. I agree with Brian that there’s nothing wrong to seek help, but I don’t think you need a psychologist. It seems that you have kept many negative things/thoughts/people in your life. You know, some things/thoughts/people deserve to be ignore. You need to leave them behind and move on. Just like following your dreams, moving on is one of the best things you can do in your life. Declutter your mind/life. There’s a quotation by Eleanor Brown “Clutter is not just physical stuff, it’s old ideas, toxic relationships and bad habits. Clutter is anything that does not support your better self.”

      And don’t stop writing! Writing itself is therapeutic. Creative Writing is like meditation. It’s perfectly okay to write about pain, sorrow, hardships. But do write about happy stuff. Like what makes you happy? What has given you the slightest of happiness in past few days. There must be at least one thing that had made you laugh. Think.

      Read light fiction, like chick-lit, or Rom-Com. Travel, if you can. Talk to your actual good friend who never discourages you (Stay away from those who do!).

      I have just read a nice quotation by GK Chesterton “Angels can fly because they take themselves so lightly.” Shed that excess baggage you are carrying. Trust me, you are awesome! Has anyone said this to you before. Think! 🙂

      Sorry for this lengthy comment but I found your comment so intriguing that I just couldn’t shut up. All the best 🙂

      • http://www.alliance-ruthetnoemie.org/ ANNIE EVE

        Three years ago, I almost lost everything : my home, my spouse, my reputation, my ministry, and many friends… i lost my illusions, my first love, my dreams… Three years after, I’m alive, I regain a home, my spouse, never lost my faith and regain also my dreams, able to fullfill one : writing my first novel. So I’m full of gratitude. Writing this novel was the way God helped me to express all the suffering without complaining. In fact, I’m happy to talk with people on the web, to be included in a virtual tribe but I need more. I’m readdy to move on. Thanks for your Answer. I will follow your idea : writing on good stuff. I don’t have much to declutter for I lost most of my friends and we moved in a new place one year ago. I have to rebuild my life. And you’re right, I have to write about this resurrection… 🙂 Oh, I forgot to say that someone I loved with all my heart said I was so awesome and he betrayed me then. So I believe more in acts than in words and promises…Thank you, I appreciate your post : All the best too 🙂

        • Tarang Sinha

          I don’t know what to say. Your story is shocking and painful. But the way you bounced back is incredible. You are inspiring. I don’t understand why you have written that comment because I somehow got this idea from your comment that you are carrying some excess baggage in your heart and mind. Because maybe clutter is not present physically, it may remain in our hearts and mind in the form of depressing thoughts, and we need to get rid of that.

          It is good to converse with some thoughtful people online. Very well said about believing in acts than words and promises. But, see I have guessed it right that you are awesome. It’s his loss who betrayed you. I am glad that courage is with you. Happiness and success find it’s own way. Glad to connect with you. Best wishes for your book and life! 🙂

  • Susan Mary Malone

    Nicely done, Cole! These are all so true. I especially love Process Emotions and Events. Nothing helps me to get clear about my emotions regarding an event better than writing. Even if writing fiction that ostensibly has nothing to do with said event 🙂
    Great job and congratulations!

    • http://peaceandchaos.com/ Cole Nemeth

      Thank you! I used to write a lot of fiction when I was younger and it was such a great way to release any feelings I was having. For example, if I was upset, I’d write a horror/suspense story. It really does help!

  • http://shereadsanddrinks.blogspot.com/ Madilyn Quinn

    I always have trouble with freewrite. I’ll sit down, in a quiet spot right when I wake up, and there’s nothing there. I end up just staring at the paper and there’s no such thing a word vomit for me. :/

    • http://peaceandchaos.com/ Cole Nemeth

      That can happen at times. Whenever that happens to me, I write it down. For example, I’ll write, “I have nothing to write right now. Nothing…” etc. Even that seems to help.

  • Tarang Sinha

    Nice points! Writing daily is the basic matra for improving as a writer. Congratulations Cole! 🙂

    • http://peaceandchaos.com/ Cole Nemeth

      Thank you so much! I agree, writing daily is the only way to improve your writing 🙂

  • http://universeletters.com/ Angie

    Congratulations, Cole! I loved reading about all the different ways writing is a part of your day!

    • http://peaceandchaos.com/ Cole Nemeth

      Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed reading it!

  • Tammy Sue

    Congratulations! Clear, succinct points to help focus. Thank you.

    • http://peaceandchaos.com/ Cole Nemeth

      Thanks!

  • Nicole

    Congrats and Great Article!

    • http://peaceandchaos.com/ Cole Nemeth

      Thank you!

  • Skywalker Payne

    I join others in congratulating you Cole on writing a tight and succinct post on three valid reasons to write every day. It’s good that you applied the reasons to wring at work and even though I’ve been working on writing daily to complete a book and other projects, your reasons for writing to brainstorm and be more constructive at work are powerful and worth remembering.

    • http://peaceandchaos.com/ Cole Nemeth

      Thank you! It’s amazing how much more focused you are after writing down your thoughts.

  • http://www.annepeterson.com/ Anne Peterson

    Congratulations Cole. Great article.

  • http://projectpastor.com/ Troy McLaughlin

    Nice job Cole.

  • http://www.writeawriting.com/ Shane Watson

    Thanks; it was a great article. I enjoyed reading it. I believe writing is not a difficult task but coming up with great ideas for writing can be difficult some times. I made an infographic related to this yesterday for the writers:

    http://www.writeawriting.com/creative/6-ideas-for-writing-infographic/