One of the most popular pieces of writing advice I hear harped on time and time again is to write every day. People tell this to new writers and then those writers feel like they’ve failed when they miss a day. Even established writers feel like a failure if they are living with the belief that they must write every single day to become a great writer.
But that’s simply not true.
Now, that being said, I do believe that this is a valuable piece of writing advice and can be beneficial if used properly. But the key is knowing whether you should, at your stage of writing, write every day or if you shouldn’t worry about it.
So which are you? Well, let’s dive in and find out!
Who Should Write Every Day
Consistency is what we strive for as writers. I remember when I first started out and would write for days on end with little break, the story seeming to magically flow from my pencil. But then, inspiration would die and I would lack motivation for months, never so much as touching one of my notebooks. It was rough. What I wanted more than anything else with my writing was consistency.
This is a real struggle for new writers and sometimes even more established writers. Waiting for that next burst of inspiration to hit can be tiresome and hard. But you don’t know any other way.
But perhaps… there might be another way.
Yep. You guessed it.
Write every day.
When you write every day you build a habit with your writing as well as strength to be able to write more often. When you force yourself to write every day you are forcing yourself to show up for your writing, and for yourself as well. You’re building consistency and that alone is invaluable for a writer.
Who Shouldn’t Write Every Day
You’ve gained the needed consistency to stick with writing. You’ve formed the habit of never giving up on a project. You know, even if you don’t show up every single day, that you are committed and motivated to never give up on your writing.
If these accurately describe you then writing every day may not be a priority for you.
At this point, writing every day is a choice. Too many people try to make it sound like a necessity when I feel that simply isn’t true. Life is busy. It’s chaotic even. And writing every day does not always fall on the top of my to-do lists.
For some people, writing every day is what they need to stay motivated with a project or stay reminded to work on it. I feel that. I truly do. And sometimes that person is me.
But then there’s other writers who find that taxing and downright draining (again, sometimes me #moodywriter). This is when you get the liberty to discover your own schedule. Sound fun? Meh? Well, it is, so stick with me!
How To Find the Right Schedule For You
How often do you like to write? Do you find yourself longing to write every day, or dragging after doing so several days in a row? Maybe your busy schedule doesn’t allow for so much time spent writing. Whatever the case may be, there is always a way to find something that will work for you. You just have to find it.
I’ve heard of published authors who only write once or twice a week because that’s all the time they have. Or other authors who will write every other day and yet they’re still able to finish a novel within a few months. Still other authors who write every second they have an opportunity. Are you getting my point yet? Something different works for each individual and none of these ways are wrong. Not if it is right for you.
So now, the question staring us full in the face is: what will work for you? Technically, that is a question only you can answer but I have a few tips that may help you decide. So let’s dive in.
- Ask Others What Works For Them
What I’ve enjoyed doing in the past is ask other writers and authors how often they write and how that works for them. I love hearing about the success of others and then discovering what works for me. However, while you do this, you have to keep in mind what I said earlier – something different works for every writer. Just because one person may be super successful with one method, doesn’t mean that’s going to work for you.
- Try Different Patterns
Once I knew what other writers did, I took those methods and tried them out myself. I’ve tried many different methods whether that’s writing every day, writing every other day, or writing a few times a week. It was fun trying out different schedules and I learned a lot from it. This may feel tedious and time consuming but even if you just tried a few different patterns I think you would find it very beneficial.
- Discover What Works For You
At this point you’ve heard success stories from possibly many different writers and authors, you’ve implemented those yourself, and now you have a better knowledge of what does and doesn’t work for you. The next step is obvious. You have to discover which is the right fit for you. That is the key right here. Think back to all the methods you tried and write down what you did and didn’t like about each one. Maybe you’ll even form your own method through this! But, whatever it is, it has to work for you. (Have I stressed that enough?)
Should You Write Everyday?
So the question we’re back to is should you write every day? By this point you have the components to make the decision wisely. Writing every day can be very rewarding but it can also be very taxing. It’s a commitment that you shouldn’t take lightly. So next time someone tries to tell you that writing every day is a must, remember that it varies writer to writer and that you need to find what works best for you.
Also, keep in mind that as your life constantly changes so may your writing schedule. I find there are times in my life when I’m very busy and don’t have as much time for my writing. Then other times when there’s not much going on in my life and I enjoy writing every day. The same can go for you. Don’t feel you have to commit to a schedule and never change. You are your own person and a writer with your own set of talents, use those to chart the right path for you. And have fun while doing it!
Do you write every day? Have you found the method that works best for you? What are your opinions on this piece of writing advice?
4 thoughts on “Who Should Write Every Day and Who Shouldn’t”
This is fantastic advice, Allyson!!! And absolutely so true. Finding what works for you and owning it is so so important with writing, cause if you don’t enjoy it, it’ll just be a chore! Love this post!🤎
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Yes!! So true!! You never want writing to become a chore! Thank you so much, Macky!! I’m glad you enjoyed it! 💙
Thanks for this post!! Writing every day was something I never pushed myself to do, although since joining camp it’s often happened for weeks at a time without me even realising 😀 But, in the last two months or so, as I’ve been struggling to write for a while, I decided to try it, and write every single day no matter what, even if it’s just a sentence. I’m definitely finding it to work well for me: my writing is coming fairly easily again, and I’m enjoying it again at last after some weeks of not wanting to write at all😛 So for now at least I hope to stick to this method, but I totally agree that it will be different for everyone – maybe even in the future I’ll find it’s not working for me anymore and stop! It all depends on what the writer finds easiest for them. Great post!!
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You’re welcome! I love your method of when to write! It seems very relaxed and forgiving. Too often I find myself feeling like I have to get the words in when that’s not what it’s about, you know? That’s so great the success you’re having with your new plan of writing! Yes, definitely! The freedom to change your plan is powerful! I’m glad you enjoyed this post! Thank you!!