Daily writing is not for everyone, but if you want to produce new work more frequently than once every blue moon you should consider making a weekly writing committment. I started this last year with Just Write Thursdays so I could get back to my old habit of trying some new ideas and having fun with story. Thursday is now my favorite day of the writing week.
I think the first step is decide what you most like to write. For me books are inevitably creative marathons, but writing short stories aren't. Short stories have always been my idea test strips, and I like that I don't have to spend months working on them before I reach the finish line. Blogging, journaling, and writing poetry are also fun for me and are even shorter than my short stories.
If you're not sure what form of writing would best fit as a new write habit for you, try prompts. I spotted this button for The One-Minute Writer over at Terlee's blog, and this gal offers daily prompts that are brilliant (and even better, brief.) The idea is simple, too: pick a prompt and write about it for sixty seconds. P.S., if you can't spare one minute to write, you should maybe stop calling yourself a writer.
Other habit-forming write exercises:
Carry a notepad with you the next time you leave the house, and when you see an interesting stranger, jot down a new name for him or her.
Compose your official author bio (and if you want it to sound professional, lie about everything.)
Describe a character with twenty-six words, using one letter of the alphabet for every word.
Make up a list of titles for stories you'd like to write (or that you'd never write.)
Open your dictionary to a random page, close your eyes, point to something on the page, and then write a story premise using that word.
Pen an acceptance speech for an award you'd like to win -- then write one for an award you'd hate to win.
Take five names from different random pages in your telephone book and make up a character for each one by inventing a description, occupation, and a conflict for them.
Tell a story using only one complete sentence.
Write down every word you can think that describes your favorite color, then do the same for your least favorite.
Do you have any tricks you use to get you back in the writing habit? Let us know in comments.