As an aspiring writer, how many times have you heard this: “Write every day”, hundreds?
The advice comes from both established writers and those I call, “well-intentioned civilians”.
If you claim aspiring writer status but haven’t heard that advice, do two things: Question the depth and fever of your desire and reconsider with whom you share your goals.
I am not ashamed to admit more than my share of struggles to meet that writing goal. Yet I offer this piece of advice to other aspiring writers: “Write every day”.
Pragmatic reasons drive my suggestion.
Writing is more art than science and most of us who choose to torture ourselves developing this art know it takes dedication. To me, that dedication means not so much repetition as it does continuity.
While all of us are honest when we say we want to become writers, we still struggle and writing remains a hobby. Life will continue to supply ways to prevent us from following that edict, if we let it. I have a post to share later on my writing project stalling and what I did that first time.
I made several enlightening discoveries when I joined a writing group. One was finding out I was not the only aspiring writer laboring on a manuscript for years. What number will you slide between “for” and “years”?
I am comforted when I tell myself successful writers did not always practice what they now preach; it makes them more like the rest of us. But, according to my theory, somewhere along their journey to success they began writing daily. If they make their living as writers they had better be writing every day!
Well-intentioned civilians are on our side too. My challenge is believing I am flawed if I cannot execute their simple advice. One of the first things I will do when I am a former aspiring writer will be to find my well-intentioned civilians and pat each on the head.
Distractions aside, the point here is writing every day must not be devalued. Do whatever you must to make writing part of your routine. Set up a time and stick to it. I squeeze out my creative juices late at night. I was doing so once, lost in a scene I was creating when I was brought back to reality by the sounds of my neighbor washing down his driveway. Put a time limit on your time slot okay?
Now add one to the hundreds of times you’ve heard this: Write every day.