As you know, I made it a little goal to blog every day during the year of our Lord 2013, and I mostly have. Many of the posts are fragile, skimpy little things--probably not worth the paper they're printed on (or the internet space they occupy) (or whatever it is we say these days), but the exercise has been invaluable to me. Here's why.
Historically whenever I've sat down to write, I've felt a LOT of anxiety. Like enough rushing anxiety to shoot my eyeballs right out of their sockets. The exercise of writing every day--even just a little bit--has made it easier for me to sit down and get busy on other writing projects. I did not foresee this as a result of my daily experiment.
And now when I tell writing students that you need to practice every day--just like basketball players or pianists--I will be speaking from experience instead of talking out of my hat. (Or whatever it is we say these days.)