Believe it or not, I write every day. I have for a few years now. While I don’t write a lot, I do like making a little bit of progress all the time.
Besides, there are perks to writing often.
You don’t get rusty.
If I only wrote once every blue moon, I wouldn’t be working my creative muscles enough.
A boring life story follows. When I first learned to do a double pirouette (essentially two turns), I injured myself shortly after, so I couldn’t dance for several weeks. In the time it took me to recover, I lost the ability to do a double because I hadn’t practiced in a while.
Not getting rusty is why I try to write every day.
I’ve also found that writing at the same time every day or night in my case makes building the creative habit easier.
You procrastinate less.
People tend to put off a project or ten because it’s daunting. So break writing a novel down into smaller tasks with deadlines. You won’t be as overwhelmed when you just have to write five hundred words as opposed to fifty thousand.
Consistency is key when it comes to many things in life. For me, putting pen to paper frequently is better for my creativity.
I don’t even want to think about trying to draft half a book in one day.
What’s more, I haven’t really faced long slumps since I’ve started making writing a habit. Sure, I still have bad days. Days I write less or days I don’t write well. But at least I continue to put words onto the page.
Obviously, the more you do something, the better you get at it. Writing is not an exception to that rule.
I’m a huge fan of doing a little every day over doing a lot once in a while.
So I hope more people make writing a habit and maintain it. After all, if you do something every day, you’re likely to accomplish a great feat in a shorter amount of time.
Here’s to writing daily…or trying to at least.