An author keeps daily in tune with writing. A minimum of ten minutes is excellent to write something creatively each day. A good writer is one with the ability, inter alia, to use common words in unique ways. This requires playing with words: shifting arrangements, common meanings, etc. This grows with practice.
For example, I shrunk onto my chair, with a pen in my excited left hand, ready to exhibit my new ideas, heavy into the bosom of my belly, eager to burst out.
A reader can say several things about this sentence. That makes reading exciting, since a reader might wish to find out, why the author uses the word shrunk as opposed to sit, why announce that the author is left-handed, which ideas are new anyway, and why the author is eager to write, etc. Writing creatively helps to keep the reader alert, enjoy a piece of writing, become critical of the author. By so doing, the author engages with the reader. Thus, it is important to write daily whether one is a fiction or non-fiction author.
I hope that this rekindled your interest in writing. Share your views with me!
@ Chipo Feb . 2012