As some of you may know I love to write, I took part in NaNoWriMo for the first time last year and I plan on taking part again this year. When you look through social media or quotes successful authors have made you will tend to find the same line “You need to write every day” I actually disagree with this!
If you are in a place where you are able to write every day and it’s something you’re excited to do then by all means you should knock out as many words as you can! I wish I could be this person but in my reality after a few days/a week it’s starts to feel forced. When it gets to that stage then I think the quality of what you’re getting out there goes down and the content starts to get a little disjointed. I think forcing yourself to write every day just because that’s what we’re told you must do is possibly the worst thing we can do.
When I have tried to write every day it has started after a short while to feel more like a chore. I have a deep rooted love for writing, it has been a big part of my life from an early age and it is my longest lasting hobby so when it starts to feel like a chore I know the approach is not for me. Also, just like I mentioned above, I feel like this will also show in the quality of your work, it certainly does in mine!
I don’t know about any of you but I certainly can’t control the creative flow! I work full time and some days I’m so tense after work that I don’t have the energy or the concentration to write. I feel like if I am not feeling creative, if I am not urged to write by an idea etc I shouldn’t write, it’s that simple. Getting my novels/poetry etc down in a coherent way can be hard enough without trying to force the creative flow. I believe the flow very much moves in waves for me and so I will often have times where I write for hours at a time for days on end and then I may go days, weeks & sometimes even months without jotting a single word – and you know what, that’s okay!
I think in conclusion this seemingly harmless remark/advice about writing everyday can be a little harmful. I used to see this and feel guilty, I felt like less of a writer because I just couldn’t do it! Now I understand myself a lot better and can definitely accept the fact I am a flow writer. For as long as I have to work a 9 to 5 to pay my bills I will probably never be able to write every day. The thought of being able to do this, to take the time, to be free from other commitments to feel constantly creative is just a dream!
To end I’ll say there is no wrong or right! Do what works for you!
Do you write every day?
Do you write in waves?
Have you found a system that works for you?