Authors Answer 122 – Should You Write Every Day?

The eternal question. Writing is as individual and personal as other activities so you figure out what works best for you. For me, it’s writing every day. Writing in my head or phantom writing doesn’t count, either; it needs to be something I can read and edit later. Sometimes my will wilts and I don’t write every day. I’m traveling, I’m sick, or the time and stars don’t align for it. Then I feel depressed, frustrated and a little angry. It probably isn’t healthy. From this, I sometimes think I’m addicted to writing every day, and that I need my daily fix.

I Read Encyclopedias for Fun

This month, we return to regular questions and answers, but we have a theme for the month. We’re looking at common advice that may be considered either bad or good advice. We’re starting off with how often we should write.

320px-Modern-ftn-pen-cursiveQuestion 122 – Write every day. Do you agree or disagree, and why?

Tracey Lynn Tobin

Although I might possibly be the worst person in the world at actually adhering to this advice, I do actually agree. In order to be a writer, you have to write, and write a lot, so the best way of accomplishing that is to write something – anything – every day. In that way it becomes a habit, something that you do automatically. Additionally, if you’re writing daily – even if it’s not anything that goes toward your current WIP – you’re getting lots of practice in, and that is never a bad thing…

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