The most powerful weapon in human history is the written word!
The written word can be used to incite good -
Abraham Lincoln wouldn’t have been able to unite the United States without his words of encouragement during the darkest points of the war.
Or the written word could be used to incite hatred of the jews.
But why should you write if you don’t intend to build empires or kill jews?
There are numerous benefits of writing, but personally I can speak to how writing has made me more more emotionally centered and knowledgable.
I don't internalize my feelings damn it! Stop asking!
Okay maybe a little, but writing helps me feel better than "talking it out". Leave me alone! I'm fine.
For example, after a break up I felt better dumping out all my thoughts and feelings about the past, present, and future. It gave me a greater sense of closure.
Writing down how you feel gives your mind permission to stop dwelling on it.
Writing has also made me more knowledgeable.
By writing down and analyzing what I learned from books, videos, and life I'm better able to recall that information and apply those lessons.
2. See yourself as a writer. What we label ourselves impacts what we do. If you identify yourself, for example, as a “fat” person then it’s a lot harder to stick with healthy habits.
3. Commit to writing for a set amount of days, i.e. 15, 30, 50, etc. Then at the end of the challenge you can reevaluate if you want to stick with the writing habit (but not before!).
4. Commit to which days you’ll write. I suggest doing it daily, but at the very least do it weekly. If you decide to do it weekly then pick an exact day every week and set a reminder so you don’t forget!
5. Set a trigger. For example, “AFTER I sit down with my morning cup of coffee I WILL write 500 words.” This makes the habit harder to forget and quicker to form.
6. Do what’s fun. When you’re starting out I don’t suggest building the habit by writing thesis papers (unless you’re into that sort of thing you sick freak!). Maybe get your 500 words in by starting a Tumblr blog, journaling on Day One, posting long descriptions to your Instagram photos, or emailing friends to be pen pals.
7. Recognize you’ll feel discomfort forming any new habit. This is a good thing because it means you’re pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. If the discomfort is too much then cut down on the number of days and words you have to do and seek new ways to make it fun.
Don’t let the longest thing you ever write be an angry text to a former lover.
Build the habit of writing and you’ll begin your journey of becoming 1,000% better than before.