Writing each and every day can be a struggle to maintain, especially when you just need a little time to work out the next scene, or something in your life isn’t quite going as expected. Now, this concept is wonderful but not necessarily a “real life” goal. Let’s face it, there are some days where you just don’t get a chance to write or the will to write isn’t there. There have been plenty of days where I have stared at the computer screen or a blank sheet of paper for a few hours before giving up. Sometimes the words just aren’t there to write everyday.
I used to be a firm believer in writing every day. I thought it would help me succeed at being a writer better. It doesn’t. Your brain still needs a vacation from this, too. It needs time to process everything. However, just because we’re not writing, physically, doesn’t mean we’re not plotting. Trust me! We’re still thinking about our stories and the people in them. Some of those people are even urging us to write the next scene. Sometimes, writers need breaks to, even from something they love doing.
Just because we don’t write every day, doesn’t mean the world will end. It means we are human beings living life! That doesn’t sound so bad, does it? Sometimes, it is actually refreshing for a writer to not write for a few days. For my husband and I, when we do this and we pick up writing again, the process is much easier. We just needed that time to recharge. To regroup.
So, if you’re beating yourself up for not writing every day, stop doing so. Life happens. Live it! Writing is just a part of that life. It isn’t the entirety of it, though, admittedly, at times it feels like that when you have this fantastic idea and the ideas won’t stop flowing, and you’re trying desperately to get everything on paper or in the computer before you forget something.
Just remember, to give yourself a break once in a while. Being too hard on oneself isn’t going to solve anything. It might actually make this worse, like it did for me about a month ago. Relax. Enjoy life. Write when you can!