Odds are, if you’re an aspiring author, you have probably received (or given) the advice to write every day. There are, of course, many benefits to daily writing: You’re constantly making progress––even if it’s just a tiny bit! Plus, it’s like exercise: The more you do it, the stronger you get.
But admittedly, I don’t write every day. I try to write every day. Sometimes that means I write 1,000 words. Sometimes I just open Scrivener, stare at the document for a while, and end up closing it again.
So, what’s holding me back? I wish I could write every single day, no matter how busy I am. But there are some days when I feel too tired, or I feel like my writing sucks, or I don’t know where to go with the story––or a combination of all these things.
The rational part of me realizes that I should write anyway, even if it’s just two words, even if it sucks. Plus, I feel bad if I don’t write for several days in a row. But sometimes it’s hard to get past that little voice in my head whining about how it’s too hard, how I’ll never finish this story, how I’ll never be “good enough”.
As difficult as it can be, though, I try to conquer those fears every day. Even if I feel stuck, I try to get something down on paper. Some days I don’t. But on the days I do, I always feel good about it, even if the writing isn’t perfect. If anything, at least I’m practicing and (hopefully) improving. I’ve never felt like anything I’ve written has been a waste of my time––because all of it, every single word, has been a learning experience.
How about you guys?
- Do you write every day?
- If you do: how do you do it?
- Do you have a specific time/place dedicated to writing?