Do You Write Every Day?

9.07.2015

Because I don't.

Are you a writer? 
I started writing (very bad) YA novels when I was 14. Don't think I ever got past 30k on anything, and then I just totally . . . stopped for a few years. And then I started again, and you know what? I don't write every day. You hear a lot of people saying "write, write every day, it doesn't matter what it is." But I don't. And sure, I haven't finished a project yet. But I personally don't find forcing myself to write and making myself miserable in the process helps me.

Some people? The words pour out, sure. Maybe you're lucky enough to be that way. I'm not, no matter how much I love the project. And I am far too easily distracted and will fully admit that if I turned the internet off every once in awhile, I'm sure I could get more written. But I still wouldn't write every day, because the words aren't usually burning to get onto a page. Like, I'm not going to turn into this if I don't write for a few days:



And maybe that means I'll never finish anything, never be a writer. But I don't really think so. Some people are always going to be slow writers, and it's not like I'm ever expecting anything to come of the writing I do. I just get ideas and sometimes things happen and sometimes things don't. Maggie Stiefvater sometimes answers questions about what it takes to be an author. A lot of people do. And they are all basically the exact opposite of me. And yeah, sometimes that makes me a little upset - everyone is different and having some of these strict rules for what really makes you is weird to me. But like I said: I'm not expecting anything to come of it. I'm not after publishing. Maybe that will change. Maybe someday I will start writing every day. Or maybe not at all. That's just how it is for me.

But I feel like this is a minority in the writing world, so tell me: do you write every day? Or at least work on your WIP in some form, whether it be outlining or organizing or stringing the actual words together?

Are you a blogger/reviewer?
I'll tell you one thing: I definitely don't write posts every day. Probably not every other day most weeks, either. Which is why I usually only post about three times a week. And that's fine for me - I've accepted it, accepted that I will never be the kind of person who can post every day. Especially with college and work and trying (and failing) to be a mildly social human being. And in my free time, I definitely want to spend more time reading than writing posts. Obviously, that doesn't always happen since oh hey . . . look . . . I need to write some posts.

But the point: I don't do it every day. Sometimes I don't even manage to read every day, whether it be because I'm lazy or busy or in a slump or whatever. (Probably laziness.) With blogging, I know there are lots of other people who don't post or write every day. And it's been debated whether that affects blog quality or not, obviously. (Also obviously, it doesn't. Bookiemoji doesn't post every day and they still rock.)

I tend to write posts in bursts. When I have a day off, I'll get maybe two or three done throughout the day. (When I'm on a roll, anyway.)

But here's the thing. I'm usually only scheduled, like, a week or two in advance besides a few random reviews that won't go up for two months. This is something I'm working on, since I know I'm going to need a HUGE buffer while I'm back in school. (As I write this, it's July 15th. You'll notice it's September. I'm trying to work on September before August because I'd rather have August take the hit. If September does, I'll probably never gain any momentum back with school and work in the way.) If I worked on blog posts and reviews every day? I could totally do this. But YOU GUYS. I AM SO LAZY. Which is going to bite me pretty soon, I'm sure.

On top of that, I have 0 creativity when it talks to blog posts, which I've discussed before. Some people, like Cait, write THE MOST AWESOME BLOG POSTS EVER. All the time. I don't know how they do it.


Anyway. Do you write posts every day? Do you brainstorm them, write ideas in a notebook? ARE YOU ORGANIZED IN ALL THE WAYS I AM NOT?



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9.07.2015

Do You Write Every Day?


Because I don't.

Are you a writer? 
I started writing (very bad) YA novels when I was 14. Don't think I ever got past 30k on anything, and then I just totally . . . stopped for a few years. And then I started again, and you know what? I don't write every day. You hear a lot of people saying "write, write every day, it doesn't matter what it is." But I don't. And sure, I haven't finished a project yet. But I personally don't find forcing myself to write and making myself miserable in the process helps me.

Some people? The words pour out, sure. Maybe you're lucky enough to be that way. I'm not, no matter how much I love the project. And I am far too easily distracted and will fully admit that if I turned the internet off every once in awhile, I'm sure I could get more written. But I still wouldn't write every day, because the words aren't usually burning to get onto a page. Like, I'm not going to turn into this if I don't write for a few days:



And maybe that means I'll never finish anything, never be a writer. But I don't really think so. Some people are always going to be slow writers, and it's not like I'm ever expecting anything to come of the writing I do. I just get ideas and sometimes things happen and sometimes things don't. Maggie Stiefvater sometimes answers questions about what it takes to be an author. A lot of people do. And they are all basically the exact opposite of me. And yeah, sometimes that makes me a little upset - everyone is different and having some of these strict rules for what really makes you is weird to me. But like I said: I'm not expecting anything to come of it. I'm not after publishing. Maybe that will change. Maybe someday I will start writing every day. Or maybe not at all. That's just how it is for me.

But I feel like this is a minority in the writing world, so tell me: do you write every day? Or at least work on your WIP in some form, whether it be outlining or organizing or stringing the actual words together?

Are you a blogger/reviewer?
I'll tell you one thing: I definitely don't write posts every day. Probably not every other day most weeks, either. Which is why I usually only post about three times a week. And that's fine for me - I've accepted it, accepted that I will never be the kind of person who can post every day. Especially with college and work and trying (and failing) to be a mildly social human being. And in my free time, I definitely want to spend more time reading than writing posts. Obviously, that doesn't always happen since oh hey . . . look . . . I need to write some posts.

But the point: I don't do it every day. Sometimes I don't even manage to read every day, whether it be because I'm lazy or busy or in a slump or whatever. (Probably laziness.) With blogging, I know there are lots of other people who don't post or write every day. And it's been debated whether that affects blog quality or not, obviously. (Also obviously, it doesn't. Bookiemoji doesn't post every day and they still rock.)

I tend to write posts in bursts. When I have a day off, I'll get maybe two or three done throughout the day. (When I'm on a roll, anyway.)

But here's the thing. I'm usually only scheduled, like, a week or two in advance besides a few random reviews that won't go up for two months. This is something I'm working on, since I know I'm going to need a HUGE buffer while I'm back in school. (As I write this, it's July 15th. You'll notice it's September. I'm trying to work on September before August because I'd rather have August take the hit. If September does, I'll probably never gain any momentum back with school and work in the way.) If I worked on blog posts and reviews every day? I could totally do this. But YOU GUYS. I AM SO LAZY. Which is going to bite me pretty soon, I'm sure.

On top of that, I have 0 creativity when it talks to blog posts, which I've discussed before. Some people, like Cait, write THE MOST AWESOME BLOG POSTS EVER. All the time. I don't know how they do it.


Anyway. Do you write posts every day? Do you brainstorm them, write ideas in a notebook? ARE YOU ORGANIZED IN ALL THE WAYS I AM NOT?



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