Writing

The Benefits Of Writing Every Day

Believe it or not, I write every day. I have for a few years now. While I don’t write a lot, I do like making a little bit of progress all the time.

Besides, there are perks to writing often.

You don’t get rusty.

If I only wrote once every blue moon, I wouldn’t be working my creative muscles enough.

A boring life story follows. When I first learned to do a double pirouette (essentially two turns), I injured myself shortly after, so I couldn’t dance for several weeks. In the time it took me to recover, I lost the ability to do a double because I hadn’t practiced in a while.

Not getting rusty is why I try to write every day.

I’ve also found that writing at the same time every day or night in my case makes building the creative habit easier.

You procrastinate less.

People tend to put off a project or ten because it’s daunting. So break writing a novel down into smaller tasks with deadlines. You won’t be as overwhelmed when you just have to write five hundred words as opposed to fifty thousand.

You’re consistent.

Consistency is key when it comes to many things in life. For me, putting pen to paper frequently is better for my creativity.

I don’t even want to think about trying to draft half a book in one day.

What’s more, I haven’t really faced long slumps since I’ve started making writing a habit. Sure, I still have bad days. Days I write less or days I don’t write well. But at least I continue to put words onto the page.

You improve.

Obviously, the more you do something, the better you get at it. Writing is not an exception to that rule.

I’m a huge fan of doing a little every day over doing a lot once in a while.

So I hope more people make writing a habit and maintain it. After all, if you do something every day, you’re likely to accomplish a great feat in a shorter amount of time.

Here’s to writing daily…or trying to at least.

Reading

The Advantages Of Buying Books

Below are some of the advantages of buying books instead of borrowing or stealing them. I hope you don’t do the latter.

Condition

New and unused beats second-hand or hundred-hand. I made that up.

Smell 

What? Don’t tell me you’ve never sniffed a book. This will determine if we can be friends or not.

Possession  

You can do whatever you want with something that’s yours. Read it. Donate it. Eat it.

Grow your library 

Not satisfied with being good to yourself? You’re also going to…

Support the industry

Bless your heart and soul.

I could think of more if I tried. But I’m not going to try.

Purchasing books is the best thing ever. I don’t care what anyone else says.

Feel free to add to this list in the comments section below. Or, you know, add to my list in your head. That works too.

I wrote about the disadvantages in yesterday’s post.

Happy reading!

Personal Reflection

Pros And Cons Of Having A Common Name

So over the years, I’ve had to grow up and get accustomed to having a less common name. I think you know my name by now, but if you don’t, it’s most likely on the right hand side of your screen. >>>

I’ve never met another Herminia much less another Herminia Chow in my life. Although I like my name, I have contemplated what life would be like if I had a more common name. Like Amy or Michelle.

The contemplation has led me to write this post about the advantages and disadvantages of having a common name. Obviously, based on my life experiences.

Pros (of having a common name)

  1. Most people will spell it correctly.
  2. Most people will pronounce it correctly.
  3. You can usually find a souvenir with your name on it.

Cons (of having a common name)

  1. You may be confused for someone else.
  2. Lots of other people will have the same name, making you virtually un-Googleable.
  3. It’s unoriginal (and thus, not exactly a conversation starter).

A bunch of questions for all my lovely readers and followers. You don’t have to answer them; they are just for thought.

Do you have a common name? An uncommon name?

Do you like your name? Do you want to change it?

Do the pros of having a common name outweigh the cons?

Writing

Advantages Of Being A Writer

I figured it would make sense to do a follow-up post on the advantages of being a writer since yesterday I did the opposite:

Disadvantages Of Being A Writer

Are you ready to see the light at the end of the tunnel? The wonderful feeling of joy that writing can bring is great and all but there are other perks that come with pursuing this craft.Writing Anywhere and Everywhere

  1. You can work where ever, whenever, and however the heck you feel like it. You’re a morning person? Great. You’re a night owl? Awesome. It doesn’t matter what time of day you are at your best, you decide when you write so why not choose your peak hours? Not many other jobs offer this kind of flexibility so take advantage of that. You could work at home, on the beach, in a coffee shop…really the possibilities are endless. How you write is entirely up to you too. You can outline. You can choose not to outline. You can write the ending first. You could even write the last sentence first. Best of all, these decisions are made by no one else other than you.
  2. Writers develop strange habits that only other writers know about. Hehehehehe. Hahahahaha. Don’t ask. If you are a writer, you already know what I mean.
  3. When working, you can literally wear nothing and that’s okay. Could you do that if you were working at a law firm? I didn’t think so.
  4. There’s a slight possibility you will leave a legacy behind even after you pass away. Remember that famous quote from Benjamin Franklin that went something like if you don’t want to be forgotten as soon as you are dead, write something worth reading or do something worth writing? So what are you waiting for? Pick up the pen and write something worthy of leaving a legacy behind. Few other professions have such a power.
  5. Imagine reaching, connecting, and talking to people across the world. It is possible. Influencing people nowadays is much easier with the advance of technology and communication means. See, even the world is on the writer’s side.   
  6. What could be better than expressing yourself without being subjected to judgment? A creative outlet for self-expression and creativity is therapeutic. And if you choose to, you don’t have to show your writing to anybody. Avoiding painful torment is always a plus.Therapeutic Writing

Are these perks enough to keep you going? To keep you from quitting or possibly giving up on writing? It does get better. The more you do it. Remember it gets worse before it gets better. And if you give up when everything seems to go wrong you’ll miss out on the day things actually come together perfectly.