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I would like to go about making a habit of writing to a journal or blog on a daily basis. What techniques or patterns have been the most useful in accomplishing this task?

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Could you edit the title to reflect the question, please? –  Neil Fein Nov 19 '10 at 5:50
    
What do you write about? Why do you want to "publish" to a journal/blog on a daily basis? –  Amichai Nov 19 '10 at 6:28
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@neilfein How about now? @Ami Well I'd like to improve my writing and communication skills, and I want to commit to doing that on a daily basis. I currently publish technical articles on a personal site, but I would like to improve my writing over time. –  Urda Nov 19 '10 at 13:51
    
It would be better if the question were more answerable, and using "best" in any question is extremely subjective. Best for what? (The question narrows this down.) –  Neil Fein Nov 20 '10 at 19:49
    
Looking at this again several months later, I'm troubled by the fact that all the answers are opinions. There's no way to choose a "best" answer, just the one the OP likes the most or finds personally useful. Were this opened now, I would suggest the OP add more detail about what has and has not worked already. –  Neil Fein Feb 23 '12 at 7:55

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Start a Seinfeld calendar. Basically, you have a calendar set up somewhere that you see everyday. Each day you write, fill the date with a big red X, or another distinguishing mark. After a few days you'll have a chain. The chain just keeps getting longer and longer. Dont break that chain.
Thats the way to keep pushing yourself to write as frequently as you can. You won't want to break that chain no matter what.

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"Don't break the chain" I like it! –  Urda Nov 20 '10 at 20:50
    
Simple but effective. I just searched android market to see if there is such an app. There is one with same name. –  Tae-Sung Shin Dec 19 '11 at 3:56

I have been using OhLife previously for my daily piece of my writing. I followed it religiously for about 2 months. But my life journals were either too short or large and I had no way of tracking how much I write. That coupled with an absence of sense of accomplishment my writing graph went down steeply. Luckily for me I came across 750words.com which is everything I wished for. I have set it to send me reminder emails at 7.30 in the morning. My day begins after writing it. I found 3 pages or 750 words the right amount of words to get my creative juices running. Writing whatever comes in my mind helps to clear the clutter in my mind and gets me ready for the day ahead.

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Schedule it! Find a window of time that you can block out and that is convenient for you to use, and then schedule that time to write. For me it is usually the first hour in the morning after I wake, or the last hour of the day before going to bed. If I can't do it in the morning, then I use the evening as my backup plan. Either way, I know that I am going to have at least an hour a day to write, whether it's working on my blog, working on a story, or answering questions here!

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I used to write a minimum of three pages of freewriting every morning (from The Artists Way) which allows the removal of cruft from our brains and eventually promotes more creativity and more writing.

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Inspired by a news post about ohlife I set up a small script that sends me an e-mail message each day asking me about my day. I just reply to that message with my daily journal if I have something interesting to say. This trick (or mind hack) works great for me because:

  • I'm in a position to write my journal when I get the reminder to do it.
  • My journals are collected in one folder with a simple filter rule.
  • My e-mail is backed-up regularly so I don't have to worry about loosing my journal.
  • My journal is portable (I can write it on my laptop, phone or in my webmail interface).
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