Wow. I mean everyday. Okay, yesterday it was more like a sentence or two...but for the most part, I've been really getting the pages out and it feels good. And the funny thing is, I've noticed all sorts of bloggers reporting their New Year Resolutions, and I thought of the one I usually make during the year and that is...to write everyday.
But this year it was different. I didn't promise to write everyday. Instead, I told myself, I would finish writing my book by the end of February. I came back to a novel I had put to the side for a long time. I started from Chapter 9 around mid-December, and recently I figured out that I have to write a chapter a week to reach my goal...and that means I have a lot of work to do tonight, and tomorrow.
So, to meet my goal, I've had to write everyday - and so far, so good (knock on wood...wait, does formica count?)
So, since Mondays are my..."involve the blogo-/write-o-sphere" in my posts, I thought I would ask the question, "Do you write everyday? Why or why not?"
And you know what? I realized a lot of people write everyday! I'm glad to know that I've been one of "those people" lately too, otherwise I would have gotten madly competitive.
Here's what everyone said...
1) To release those inner demons
@ALFetherlin said, "I write everyday because I need the release. Writing helps me get my demons. Then, I run after I write. Very theraputic."
I would say every writer has their share of inner demons...or if not demons, troubles, burdens, issues, or just circumstances that get locked in your head and you need to get out of your head for a while...and I can understand the need to release everything, or escape from it. And writing can do that.
2) Habit (and thankfully, it's a good one!)
@BlkHoleSun said, "Yes...it was a personal goal at first, now it's a habit."
I can't say I write because it's a habit...I blog because it's a habit. But for me, since I have this goal in front of me, and I have told a TON of other people, I really want to meet my own expectations. But, writing can become a habit...just you have to get into the habit of it (ha ha).
@LASbauer agreed, saying, "I try to! Sometimes it is the blog of the week, others it is writing fiction, but I try to write at least 10 min every day."
Lately I'm beginning to feel the same way! If I can write at least ten minutes or write a page, I will feel really good.
@PropheticKleenx admitted, "Yes...I write daily, sadly no one reads me..."
Okay, despite how depressing that is, isn't that why we all write? To be read? Recognized? And sometimes that can be a strong motivator to get our butts in the chair and write.
@ebonstorm said, "When I am being responsible, I write everyday just like a job. Its the only way to meet my schedule and responsibilities."
I'm thinking that by approaching writing like a regular job that you must go to everyday (otherwise...you know...you get fired), you end up handling it more responsibily. It becomes more than just a "past time," it becomes a way of life.
5) To Stay Connected to Our Work in Progress (WIP)
@DianaPazWrites told me, "I TRY to write every day, even if it's just an hour before the kids wake..If I don't write, I feel distance from my WIP and I lose momentum. But sometimes I sleep in, and between work, DH, and kids, sometimes I miss my writing time. It happens."
Okay, Diana was one of the first (and only) people who admitted that they sometimes miss their writing time (and me too sometimes!), and I was glad to here that I'm not alone! But she's absolutely right, by writing regularly you do stay connected to the story and what is going on...otherwise (and this has happened to me) you become way lost and completely lose track.
Mari Miniatt (from Google Plus) completely agreed and says, "Write everyday, even if it's only a couple of words. When I have a horrible work schedule, that is what I can do...Days off, I can churn out a couple of thousands of words. If I stop for any length of time (barring sickness), it takes me longer to get back to my creative spark."
...and then I began to realize how important it is to write everyday for that reason alone...because even more people began to agree...
Rebecca Enzor said, "I don't write everyday, but I DO storyline everyday. I think about the story, even if I'm not ready to commit to what I'm mulling about in my head (that can change daily)."
6) Keeping our Writing Muscle Fit
On Google Plus, Cindy Marie Jenkins, said, "I write for at least an hour every day. In order to stay on target with both work-related writing and my own pursuits, I let that hour be for the pure fun of blogging if need be. I set aside at least an hour to write every day, which always encourages me to continue to finish the work and also to continue writing. I liken it to ballet dancers who go to class or at the Barre every day; keeping the muscles tone makes it easier to "fit in" writing every day."
Exactly! Writing everyday keeps that writing muscle "fit," and it keeps us connected to the process! If you don't move your body, you aren't keeping your heart healthy, and if you aren't writing, you aren't keeping your "muse" or your writing muscle healthy.
7) To Reach Our Goals
James Femmer told me, "I certainly aim for writing every day. My main problem is distractions, as I have ADD tendencies. My best tool against it is music. I will usually create playlists inspired by the characters or scenes in the story I'm writing, kind of like 'if it were a movie this would be the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack'. I put on my earbuds and shut the rest of the world out.
Does writing every day help me? It helps me feel like I'm going to reach my goal eventually. A day I don't write is a day I'm no closer to the finish line. That's what keeps me doing it daily. If I don't I tend to get depressed. Writing is my purpose in life."
Isn't that truth? Writing is [our] purpose in life. We must write everyday and sometimes just knowing we are close to our goal is worth it. I think if i wasn't almost done with the book I was writing, I probably wouldn't have as much gumption, but the end is near, and I'm really glad! So, yes, that can definitely be a motivator to write everyday.
8) Because It's Part of Our Life (And Our Family's Life)
Kai Strand concluded my question with, "I try to do at least a writing related thing each weekday. Marketing, blogging, research for submissions and of course, writing. If I have a classroom visit scheduled, I count that as writing related. I try to do more writing than the rest of it. Really the only thing that gets in the way of that is family. They're always the priority. "
If you are one of the lucky ones and make a living off of what you write, you have a different sort of dedication and that is to keep the income coming in and writing is the only way to do that. Now, this is an inspiration for me to keep it up...
Now, reader, it's your turn...do you write everyday? How come?
Thank you to everyone who responded to my question. Make sure to follow me on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus where you can answer my question and I will feature you in my next post! Make sure you check out all of these awesome writers and check out their websites (and Twitter pages!).
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