Do you have a writing practice? You might call it a process or a habit or even a compulsion.

What I really mean is: do you write regularly? A certain number of times per week for a minimum number of minutes or minimum words?

 

Do you do this? Stick to it?

 

Make it happen consistently?

 

If not, my bet is you’re shooting too high—trying to do it every day or for more minutes than is reasonable right now or… it’s just something that’s not working for you.

 

And that’s OK. I’ll say it again: THAT IS OK.

 

You’re here because you care about your writing, right? You’re reading this right now because you want to write. So breathe into that. Whatever’s coming up, it’s not guilt or shame or good or bad; it’s just your connection to the desire to write.

 

Call it excitement! It’s a gift.

where you are:

If your goal was to run daily or even three times per week (see my friend Terrell’s substack if you want more info on how to build a running practice), you have to start where you are. You can’t jump in and start running ten-mile days. You’ll get hurt and need to stop entirely.

 

A lot of writers think it’s different, that the brain isn’t a muscle like that, but it is. Your writing brain is a muscle you can train.

 

So treat it right.

 

Find something that’s manageable, start there, and stick to it.

 

Imagine your writing practice (or project, whichever one works better for you right now) is a flower that you want to care for, one you want to grow. Give it love with your attention as many times a week as you can–even if it’s only for a little while each time.

 

Can you check in with it… two, three, FOUR times per week? Do it.

 

Just check in. Write for five minutes. See what happens.

 

Shoot for a low word count like 100 or 200 words and just let that be what you need to get done for the day. See how it goes.

 

Tell me what happens in the comments. I’ll be back soon with more to say about what I think might happen next.

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