Hi, SEers! You’re with Mae today for the first Mae Day of June. Summer is the time when I’m the least productive as a writer. I think that’s true of many of us as we become distracted by nice weather and outside activities. The again, maybe you’re highly prolific during the summer. If so, good going, and keep at it. I do a lot of daydreaming, plotting, and jotting story development notes during warm weather, but actual writing time takes a serious hit.
Which brings me to a statement you’ve probably heard more than once:
“To be a writer, you must write every day.”
Nah. I think not.
There is no one size fits all for writing. As with anything, there are “best practices” for growth, but—especially with a creative endeavor—there has to be wiggle room. We’ve all heard it said, “find what works for you and stick with it.” There’s a difference between only writing when you feel inspired and carving out time to write in an already overflowing schedule. Most of us work regular jobs in addition to writing. If not, we’re all balancing family time, home projects, pets, health/exercise, and more. It’s a lot, so cut yourself some slack, especially when it comes to writing every day.
For decades, I’ve stuck with a “write on the weekend” schedule. It’s a routine that works for me. I slack off in the summer, but I still use my weekends to plot and make notes as mentioned above. Some writers might consider that sacrilege. I consider it exercising my creative energy in a different manner.
It’s been said that writers pass each day writing or thinking about writing.
Yep. I’ll embrace that one.
I know many writers who write every day and make it a part of their daily routine, just as they make dinner or exercising part of their routine. It works for them. Stephen King is a proponent of writing every day (although Mr. King doesn’t have another job on the side). Whatever your habit or routine, there is no wrong way. As with most things, it all boils down to what works for you. Remember—when it comes to writing habits, there is no one size fits all. Do you agree?
Share your thoughts in the comments below. Ready, set, go!