If you want to be a writer, you need to write every day.
Something important or trivial, something for your eyes only; something that posts immediately on Quora or soon enough on your blog. A poem, a word-picture, a press-your-complaint email.
Every day? Yes, with one day off on the weekend.
How are you going to manage that? By making writing a top priority. By making a commitment – and setting a serious goal for yourself, then finding someone to help keep you accountable, suggests copywriter Erin Feldman.
By buying a 250-page blank journal and writing three pages first thing each day -the ‘morning pages’ recommended in The Artists Way by Julia Cameron.
Write letters. Write book reviews on Amazon or on GoodReads. Pen reviews of restaurants and hardware stores on Yelp or another site.
Write an essay about your first grade teacher. Write another about your aunt who was just diagnosed with a terrible disease. Write about your first lover or your appreciation for mangos.
Write Google+ updates that are beautiful or carefully thought out. Write Tweets that sing or share interesting news or articles. Write recommendations on LinkedIn, or write to people who you hope will recommend you.
Keep writing. Learn whether you write better first thing in the morning, or on the train, suggests Harry Wolff, a blogger and web developer.
Write query letters. Write congratulatory letters to editors who may be future clients or bosses.
Write the first paragraphs of articles and stories you hope one day to complete and sell. Scribble the summary of a story you just thought up. Scribble on envelopes or scraps or in your iPhone or Android.
Write jokes or comedy routines. . Write to your Congressman. Write a media release for a nonprofit organization. Write on three blogs a week, guest posts and comments. Write the first one right here. (Just don’t write any more spam or totally self-serving comments like the bunch that landed like flies at a church picnic.)
A variety of writing projects will keep you fresh, will make you think, will provide you both the kiwi cheesecake of assignments as well as the vegetarian lasagne and the curried chicken.
If you write something every day, you never get rusty, you never get stuck, well – almost never. You can jump from one piece to another, and from one post or project to another. You will have jumped in, persevered – and become a writer in only a few dozen or hundred days.