Write Every Day? Really?

Hear me out.There are two schools of thought on how to be a great writer.

Write every day.

Don’t write every day.

In writing workshops, this argument can get intense. For those who have never experienced this heated conversation, it can be compared to the ongoing breastfeeding or bottle-feeding debate. It’s a personal decision. People typically pick a side and remain adamant about their choices.

I’ve tried writing both ways and I still can’t decide. Here is what I have discovered.

Writing every day is something that I can absolutely do, when I really commit to it. For me, this means I must wake up at the crack of dawn to write a blog post. Why so early in the morning? Because I have a day job and a family and a dog that begs for my attention. And laundry and dishes and…and…and…you get the idea.

Plus, I’m a morning person so it is truly the best time for me to write. Once I get something down on paper (yes paper!), I have a cup of coffee and type it up. Then I walk away from my laptop and allow myself time to think about what I want to add or change. This is also when I decide whether or not I really want to share what I’ve just written with the world. I make edits, proofread it one more time and then hit publish. The entire process takes about 1-2 hours–for one blog post–because I care about what I write. Because I want you to read it and like it or at least have it resonate with you in some way.

I take that responsibility to heart and I hope I deliver.

But, maintaining this routine every day is a lot of pressure. I sign up for blog challenges (like the one I’m doing now) with the best of intentions. But usually by the second week, I fizzle out and then I gain momentum again.

Does this mean I’m not committed to writing? Certainly not! (How could you ask me that? :) )

What it means though is that sometimes I like to let the writing come naturally. I often believe I do my best work that way. Sure, if I was writing a novel, my ass would be in a chair all day, every day until my deadline. Perhaps, there are different rules for bloggers. If not, there should be because there are some days where I have nothing to offer.

I know the ultimate goal is to develop good writing habits and get into a routine. Since, I write and edit every day at work, I think that should count towards my writing time–even if it isn’t for my own blog.

Clearly I’m torn so I do a hybrid of both methods when I write. But I think I’m still developing good habits. Quite honestly, I could beat myself up about this or I could just sleep in.

 

5 comments on Write Every Day? Really?

  1. Cathy Chapman
    April 12, 2018 at 10:44 pm (4 months ago)

    I end up writing something everyday but not always in a creative manner. I work on writing sales pages, landing pages and, occasionally blog posts. This #BoostBlog challenge has me writing blog posts which were very needed.

    I certainly understand your conundrum to balance writing with the other duties you have. I congratulate you on raising a family and still writing. Brava!

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  2. Jen Nipps
    April 12, 2018 at 11:03 pm (4 months ago)

    I am right smack-dab in the middle when it comes to this debate. I see benefits to writing everyday, BUT I also know that sometimes you HAVE to take a break. If that means you don’t write every day, then so be it. You have to allow time to refill your well instead of constantly emptying it.

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  3. Paul Taubman
    April 12, 2018 at 11:29 pm (4 months ago)

    I am in the camp of writing every day… Each and every day.

    You will only get better when you are consistent.

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  4. Martha
    April 13, 2018 at 7:05 pm (4 months ago)

    I enjoy writing everyday however sometimes I run out of hours. I like the challenge months because I MAKE myself write each day. Now if I can keep it up after those months.

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  5. Vidya
    April 14, 2018 at 5:14 am (4 months ago)

    Like Cathy, I do try to write everyday as well – sometimes seems like just a word or two and at others so much more.. but just a little something everyday keeps me going..

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