“Give your novelty-loving brain something to engage it; it will help your brain to learn something new or deepen an existing positive memory. Write with a purple gel pen (Kay’s favourite) or illustrate your writing with a crayon border. Go to a coffee shop you have never been to before or write in the park. You can take novelty even further by identifying the personal relevance: How does this novelty choice relate to me? Why is this important? How does this feed my soul?”
Deborah Ross, Kathleen Adams, “Your Brain on Ink”, p. 94
Kathleen Adams: “my anecdotal evidence suggested that a new journal writer could establish an ongoing writing habit if s/he wrote about three times a week, for about twenty minutes at a time, with pause for reading and reflection, over at least six weeks’ time. […]
I have long been a proponent of not writing every day unless it is in the service of a specific practice, such as a prayer journal, a medication/side effect log, or the first thirty (sixty, ninety) days of abstinence abstinence from drugs, alcohol, or other substances. The reason I discourage the idea of writing every day is two-fold: first, it sets up an unrealistic expectation; a “miss” of a day or two is considered a failure. Second, I don’t think daily writing is necessarily more effective. A minimum of three times a week, accompanied by regular reflection
I still think twenty minutes three times a week is great if you can do it, but I no longer consider it the gold standard. If you can commit as few as five to fifteen minutes per write, several times a week, it will likely get you attuned.
from “Your Brain on Ink”