Recently, I came across an article declaring that unless you write every day, you’re not a real writer. I’ll tell you right now that I don’t share this article’s sentiment. After all, writing is something you do out of love, not some twisted sense of obligation.Doing what you love is worthwhile enough to warrant the time and effort it takes, purely for the sake of your own happiness. Click To Tweet
Different people have different circumstances, though, so it’s never very clever to cast a wide net when it comes to what’s best for every writer out there. Having said that, I do believe that if you can carve out the time and summon the wherewithal to write every day, you should jump at the chance to do so.
Write Every day for Love.
Those of us who write out of a genuine love for writing feel a certain need to write. Writing is how we stay sane. Writing is how we exorcise the madness brewing within us. We need it like water. Like a junkie needs a hit. We must be careful not to let this need go unfulfilled for too long.
In his book Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity, Ray Bradbury wrote:
If you did not write every day, the poisons would accumulate and you would begin to die or act crazy, or both.Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity.
He also wrote the following:
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. For writing allows just the proper recipes of truth, life, reality as you can eat, drink, and digest without hyperventilating and flopping like a dead fish in your bed. I have learned on my journeys that if I let a day go by without writing, I grow uneasy. Two days and I am in tremor. Three and I suspect lunacy.Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity.
I’ll tell you something. Sometimes, I go weeks without writing, months even. The whole time, I’ll feel as if something is terribly amiss and the world doesn’t quite make sense. You may say, of course, there’s little about the world that makes sense these days but you know what? When I write it down, whatever I write helps me to put things into perspective. I can take a step back and release that tense breath I didn’t realize I’ve been holding. The world is no longer askew.
Do you know that feeling?
So, why not give it a try whenever the opportunity is within your grasp?Write the world down. Breathe. Everyday. Click To Tweet
There’s no other feeling quite like it in the ‘verse.