At the moment, I’m on writing break.
It’s great, really. Sometimes it’s just nice to take a break, you know? I love writing — I love it completely. I am always thinking about it, whether or not I’m actually writing. I also have a bad habit of thinking about writing when I’m not supposed to be, like, oh, when I’m trying to sleep, or in the middle of an exam. Damn you, brain.
When I was younger, and first started writing, I read a lot of advice telling aspiring authors that they should write every. single. day. Regardless of whether you wanted to or not. I used to follow that pretty religiously — I’d bang out 1,000+ words whether I felt like it or not. But not anymore. Yes, there are days where I feel like it’s beneficial to force yourself to write, but there’s a point where you need to know not to push it.
You don’t have to write every single day to call yourself a writer.
Write when it suits you; write in the middle of the night, early in the morning, during school or work hours, or write once or twice a week when your hectic life schedule allows it. Just because you don’t write every day doesn’t make you any less of a writer. That’s fine. What I cannot understand is when people claim that you must write every day in order to improve. Yes, you’re probably more likely to improve faster… but life isn’t a race, and neither is the road to publishing. Publishing might not even be your endgame — perhaps you are writing just because you like to create something from words. Or maybe it’s a mixture of the both.
There are also people who advise strongly that you should be writing 1000+ words per day. I don’t necessarily agree with this, either. Write how much you want to write! Little or nothing, every word brings you closer to the end of your story, right? For example, though I’m currently on a writing break, I still am writing a little bit. A line here, a line there, so that eventually, it’s all going to add up.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you writing daily, weekly, monthly — or maybe you only write during the NaNoWriMo months. That’s cool. Words and words — and you don’t have to write every single day to call yourself a “writer”.
How often do you write, and how many words per day/week/month/year? Do you disagree or agree with what I’m saying? I’d love to hear (read?) your thoughts.