The hardest part about teaching other people about writing is giving suggestions without making it sound like those suggestions are the only options they have.
Writing isn’t some elitist pastime reserved only for the stubbornly determined (but mostly stubborn). Just because one person has a method that works for them doesn’t mean you have to adopt that same method to accomplish what you want to accomplish.
Yet that’s what it sounds like sometimes, doesn’t it?
It doesn’t help that I’ve posted here before about how I worked my way up to publishing daily on this blog. It’s not to give off the impression that your writing only matters if you do it every day. For some, it helps, but it’s not a prerequisite for entry into the virtual writer’s circle.
There are too many people out there who want to be writers but never write
“I want to be a writer. But I don’t really have time to write ever.” Okay. Fair. Finding time to write, especially when you’re busy (and honestly, who isn’t these days?), is hard.
But we don’t have to stick to extremes here. It’s not ‘write every day’ or ‘never write at all.’ It’s ‘write as much as you want or need to in order to keep up with your goals.’
Here comes the goal talk again. Yes, you’re tired of it and it’s only the second month of the year. But how do you ever expect to ‘be a real writer’ without any direction? You want to accomplish something. Saying you want to write a book, but never actually sitting down to do it, doesn’t do anyone any good.
Still, that doesn’t mean you have to be like me. I am addicted to writing. Don’t be like me. All my friends are imaginary. (You’ll understand that reference soon, promise.)
You have to do what works for you
I write every day because, if I don’t, I will fall behind. I have a lot of projects I’m trying to keep up with (like this one) and have a strict schedule I need to stick to in order to stay on track. That’s my method and it’s how I stay productive and get things done.
But you might not be able to do what I do. I’m no expert and even if I wanted to, I don’t have any kind of authority to tell you my way is the only way to do it. If you can only write every other day, or only on weekdays, or need to get all your writing done on weekends, guess what? You’re still getting it done. It doesn’t matter when you do it or how often you do it. You are doing it. That counts!
Anyone who tells you you’re not a real writer because you don’t write daily isn’t worth your time. Don’t listen to them. I am here to motivate and guide you, but I don’t judge. You’re here because you have some kind of writing goal, whatever it is.
It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to get there. One word at a time. That’s all it takes.
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