Writing Every Day

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Every writer writes differently.

Yet every writer writes.

I find that the more I write the more likely I am to write and the easier it is to enter the flow. Therefore I’m a firm believer that it is important to write every day.

Even if it is only a sentence.

Not everyone agrees with me. There are writers out there only writing weekends and achieving a lot. But I know that too long a gap between writing sessions only increases my anxieties about writing and it takes me longer to find my flow. The writing doesn’t have to be world shaking, or even good. In fact some sentences may be downright bad.

Your writing does not have to be written in a leather journal or into a top of the line writing program. It could be written in your head, or the back of an envelope or be part of the shopping list. The important part is to write.

I was recently trapped alone in a car on a long trip for my day job. Spring was ending and summer was starting and it was a sunny day. I spent the journey trying to describe the grass that grew along the side of the road. The hours of writing various descriptions in my mind while I drove achieved something: I still have the strong image of the grass now, months later, nodding heavy seeded heads as I drove past.

Despite wanting to write every day I haven’t always manage to do it. Something would prevent me doing what I love and usually that was me.

This year I have set myself a challenge: To write at least a sentence every day.

I am trying to write this sentence before I write anything else. But the only rule is that I write every day. There are a lot of other variables:

  • Sometimes the sentence is part of my current writing project,
  • Sometimes not,
  • Some are short,
  • Some expand into paragraphs,
  • Some are punched out and abandoned,
  • Others are edited at length
  • Written at the end of the day
  • Or the beginning
  • At my desk or the dining table or a cafe…

It all boils down to me writing every day and I hope by the end of the year to have 365 days of sentences.

 

I would like to set you a challenge:

Think about when you are or were most productive in your writing. Was it during a particular period, time of day, emotional space or only on a Sunday afternoon when you sit in a particular chair?

Now, what was special about that time or place? And what could you do to replicate it?

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