I’m going to admit something that will probably make me the pariah of the writing community.
I don’t write every day. (As you probably notice, I don’t blog every day either)
And I think I’m a better writer because of it. *Gasp*
I mean, I think about my story every day. The characters are constantly up to something in my head – sometimes new scenes and sometimes re-doing old scenes to make them better. When something good happens, I jot it down in my journal or email it to myself from my phone.
And, I do write every day, just not my WIP. I guess I should count myself fortunate in that my day job allows me to practice the craft. Public relations writing is somewhat creative, so I stretch my skills there. But, at the end of my workday, I’m just so spent that I can’t come home and write more, no matter how hard I try.
That means, Saturday and Sunday are my days. I call those binge-writing days. I admit, it’s hell on the social life and some weekends the weeds in my garden get a reprieve before I rip them from the ground because the Muse is whispering to me. I would rather bang out 10,000 words in a single day – some even good words – than agonize over 100 words every day. Binge-writing days wipe me out, a post-manic frenzy that leaves me exhausted, blubbering and even unable to change the channel sometimes (that’s how I accidentally watched 10 minutes of Jersey Shore, snapped out that before I lost IQ points).
This is a do as I say, not as I do lesson. Whenever someone says they want to write a novel, I tell them how important it is to write every day. Of course, I say write – not write your MS. Don’t just bang out an email, but spend time crafting something that communicates what you want it to, but also is memorable to the reader. That memo to go with your TPS report? Why not toss in some great active verbs (note: not too active, don’t want to get into trouble here). That birthday card to your great-aunt, a great opportunity to speak in a new character’s voice.
See what I mean … every word is a stroke on your literary canvas. Some are in the background and will be painted over, but they build upon each other in creating your masterpiece.