Raymond Duke

Raymond Duke

15 minutes a day
October 16, 2022

Here's the bad, and good, news about writing.


Let's first get the bad news outta the way. Prepare to invest weeks... months... and even years of your time into improving your craft.


This is a lot, I know. But here's some good news: writing better doesn't require a lot of time per day. 


You see, what's more important than how much time you commit daily is consistency. 15 mins/day is the minimum, but you can add more based on your schedule. If you do this over time, you'll become a better writer. I guarantee it.


Here are some tips to help you be consistent:


* Use a stopwatch to start/stop your daily training

* Set a specific time every day when you unplug from the internet and all distractions

* Avoid pleasurable activities until you've completed your daily training


Another cool trick requires a physical calendar, like this one on Amazon. First, put it somewhere noticeable. You want to look at it several times a day. Next, every time you complete your daily training, put an “X” on today’s date.


As time goes on you'll see your streak on the calendar. When and if you skip a day, the missing "X" will be clear, and painful, to see.


Remember, it’s not about spending several hours a day on a task. It’s about consistency. Some days will be better than others. That's okay. Focus on results over time.


This is something you can start working on today. It doesn’t take a lot of effort and the rewards can be massive.


Raymond Duke


P.S. This same idea of daily training can be applied to not just writing, but anything you want to become better at!