How to Start Writing Every Day if You’re a Complete Noob

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Imagine yourself as a kickass writer.

You write two quality eBooks every month, gaining enough profit you’re saving for your three-month cruise vacation.

You wake up every day pouring 6,000 words in two hours. Maybe you even reach 10,000 words a day.

Now how on earth are you going to reach these goals? You don’t write enough for starters.

It’s time for you to begin practicing now than attempting to become a consistent writer on your death bed.

Here’s how to write every day if you’re a complete noob:

Choose Your Topics

What do you love to talk about every day? Gaming, politics, history, health? Do you like to create romance or horror stories?

List at least three topics then create a mind map for each one. Each bubble in your map can be a potential idea for your articles or stories

“Tennis Mind Map” (via Wikimedia)

Stick with these topics for a while and see where they take you.

Write 10 Ideas a Day

“I started coming up with 10 ideas a day and I’ve written about this several times before: it saved my life, my career, made friendships, made me better friendships, partners, opportunities, a wife, better relationships with my kids, and oooga-booga (lots of kisses).” -James Altucher

I take some time to write ideas from reading Medium articles. For weird and supernatural inspiration, I go to OK Whatever and Mysterious Universe.

Writing a set of ideas (doesn’t have to be 10) is an excellent way to avoid writer’s block. There’s no excuse why you can’t write something if you have a notebook or Google doc filled with ideas.

Not every single idea will become a viral post, a New York Times bestseller, or a blockbuster movie. The only way to find out is to write. Keep the process moving.

Start Journaling

Get a morning head start journaling. It can be about anything!

You may pick up an idea for a blog post from your morning pages. This is one of mine:

Express your anger, your loves, and your fears in your journal. Whatever pops up, you have a potential story to share.

Read

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” -Stephen King

The more books you read, the more ideas you’ll have. The more ideas, the more you will write.

Back in 2015, I created a book review blog. I had to write about something with all the books I’ve read. Blogging there made me pour out more and more words.

What’s in your bookshelf? If you don’t have much, hunt for more at your local library or bookstore.

Start with Small Word Counts

You’ll give yourself a migraine if you try to write 1,000 words when you’ve never done it before.

Does a baby instantly learn how to run the Badwater Ultramarathon? Heck no, they must walk on their feet and grow first!

My sweet spot was 300 words when I started my daily practice. There was a time I believed writing 500 words was difficult (unless it was a school paper). Now my writing ranges from 500 to 3,000 words depending on the content.

Try 300 for one week then bump it up to 400 the next. Keep going to the 1,000-word weeks then beyond. Always challenge yourself!

Do you know how many companies and clients are looking for writers who can quickly churn out 1,000+ word content under a tight deadline? It’s a valuable skill.

Master it, and you’ll have some extra dough in your pocket.

Write Down Your Goals

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Why do you write?

Do you have the next Lord of The Rings yearning to be put on paper? Want to become the next Medium superstar, inspiring thousands with your content?

Write your writing goals down. Put them up somewhere you’ll see it every day and act.

You’re writing dreams won’t manifest until you work on them.

Create a strict deadline for your writing routine. Don’t stop writing until you reach your daily goals.

Last year, I created a goal writing 3,000 words a week. Later, I progressed to 6,000 words in two weeks then 9,000 in three weeks.

Don’t ever limit your writing capabilities. You have unlimited potential.

Book Recommendations

Here are five books I highly recommend for mastering your writing game:

Good luck!

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