There is a quote by every author ever that says “Write every day.” Often, I am shocked at how many people are actually adhering to this standard. It’s like when someone says “Exercise every day,” and everyone nods and promises to be diligent about exercise from now on, but the number of people who actually run with that advice is kind of slim.
Confession: I do not write every day. Not even close. In fact, if you do then you should know I am cripplingly jealous of you. You are doing something for yourselves and for your writing that I have not yet begun to do for myself or my writing.
For a while there, I didn’t even have a day job. I had let my freelancing lapse so I wasn’t getting any projects to work on, and we were in between moves so I hadn’t started the day time slog that is office work. And I still didn’t write every day. Of course, there were extenuating life circumstances that I used as an excuse not to write. Life was being hard, so all I wanted to do was curl up with my cat and watch trashy TV.
The excuses helped me not feel so bad about neglecting my passion, but now that writing time has all been lost. Forever. I can never get it back. And that sort of sucks. It means that my WIP is not as close to being done as it should be and that I am still further from the agent querying stage. Alas!
I’d like to end this post by saying, “Now I do write every day and it’s fabulous and I am reaching/exceeding my goals on a regular basis!” Nope. Even after the turmoil has passed, I have still not gotten back to a writing routine. And I miss it so much my heart aches—but not in that heart-attacky way. It aches like when you are craving a slice of pie all day, only to come home and find the pie pan empty in the sink.
So I have a new 2012 resolution: Write every day. (Blog posts count, because I said so.)
Do you write every day? If so, how do you do it? Can you mentor me? Or just give me a write-every-day pill that I can pop like a vitamin? Kthx.