The Benefits of Not Writing Daily

Yesterday, based on a workshop I'm going to be presenting next week in Nashville, I wrote a post on The Benefits of Writing.

So today's topic is the opposite–the benefits of not writing every day.Rose_pencil_write_244520_l

Here's the deal: there are none.

Kidding!

Well, sort of.  Everyone is different and needs to find a process that works for them.  But for me, writing every day, even if it is for just a few minutes, is the key to having a prolific and prosperous writing career.

But some people think that it is better not to write every day.  Here are some possible reasons:

  • If you force yourself to any kind of rigid schedule, you drum the life and creativity out of your work and what's the good in that? (I submit that you may need to force yourself at first, but eventually the habit kicks in.  Plus, sometimes a bit of structure is good for us creative types.)
  • Sometimes you need to get distance from your work and the only way to do this is to set it aside.  (Too true, too true.  But you have other writing you can do, don't you?)
  • Everyone tells you to write every day, so for that reason you shouldn't.  (Um, maybe the reason everyone tells you this is because it works.)

That's it!  That is all I can think of.  If anyone has more reasons why it is beneficial not to write every day, please let me know.   And please don't think I'm being sanctimonious and holier-than-thou when I go on and on and on about how important it is to write every day.  It is just what works for me, and what I've seen work for countless others.

Now–hit me with some more reasons why the opposite might be true.

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