Short Read Writing About Writing

Should You Write: Every. Single. Day?


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Did you ever step back and look at your collection of work or review your followers and email subscribers and say, “Well, guess I need to create another blog post otherwise I will remain obscure on the internet for the rest of my life.”

Yup, me too.

And, sometimes you end up getting into a routine where you’re writing, but it doesn’t feel right. It feels like it’s being forced. The words aren’t naturally flowing from your fingertips anymore. It’s just being thrown onto a blank page in a hasty way so that you can quickly hit that publish button and get a move onto the next writing project.

After so many days of writing like this, the real intense joy and love that you once felt with the activity starts to melt away and fade into oblivion. Does that mean you should ignore conventional writer wisdom and not write… EVERY. SINGLE. DAY?

What if you miss out on a day and you start to miss out on finding readers or loyal followers?

Newsflash: You’re not going to miss out.

Granted, you shouldn’t neglect your artform or writing no matter the medium. But, there’s nothing wrong with the occasional sabbatical. Those moments when you set the laptop or pen and paper aside is usually when inspiration and other creative necessities come to fruition.

I believe writing every day because you want to write, and you feel like you need to write, is a better reason to write, than to gain followers and likes. (Say that sentence ten times fast!)

What do you think? Do you watch the numbers on the scoreboard? Or would you rather play the game? Comment below.

5 comments

  1. I always try to attempt writing every day… but I’ve never applied that to my blog. — Well, until now. It seems to work really well for me as far as novel writing goes. I stay consistent and more dedicated when I do that. — My blog, however, is a whole different ball game. I normally neglect my blog so bad on the regular that it’s not even funny. So I’m working on a blog every day strategy because I’ve come to realize how valuable my blog is. Which I guess to some degree is about the stats. — Lol, but I might not count because I’m trying to find consistency after neglecting it all the time. — But having said that, I definitely feel like it should always be about more than likes and follows. I don’t think that if someone skips a day here or there, it’ll keep them from getting where they are trying to go.

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    1. Thanks so much for commenting. I’m always excited to hear from a fellow writer/blogger. I definitely feel the same way about blogging. The first time I started blogging, I wrote every day, posted every day and it fizzled out very quickly. I’m trying a new approach with this blog, by scheduling when to write and post. I agree with you when it comes to novel writing that’s where I feel the most alive and I have to get my fiction out every day. I’m always thinking of plot twists while at the day job, and wondering how to make my villains more devious ;). I think it’s just human nature that we focus on likes and follows. But, it’s nice to be followed by someone who actually appreciates your work. It’s quality that should matter, not quantity!

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      1. I love that you mention quality over quantity because I think that is so true. Especially in the blogging world. I feel like it’s such a great place for community building and surrounding yourself with other writers and readers that love writing and reading as much as the next person. It can be so very valuable and rewarding. — And quality matters so much. Might have 40 likes on a post, but only 20 of those likes are from other bloggers that are genuinely interested in your work or your success or even, just you as a person. And I think there is something incredibly special about those that are genuinely there for us and our work, and not just for a follow-back or likes in return. — & ordinarily I blog for a couple days and then disappear for a month. So I’m trying extra hard now to funnel energy and time into this little piece of the web that’s all mine. So far, so good. 🙂 — And yeah, novel writing is where I spend the majority of my time. Always working, always creating. Even when I’m not. The life of a writer, no?

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