I’m going to write each day no matter what.
That’s my goal. And I’m getting closer. I tend to be a binge writer. I’ll dump 5,000 words per session for a day or two, but then go weeks without putting out ten words. I could tell you I’m busy, but we’re all busy. I could list all the reasons why I’m busier, but that would devolve quickly into a meaningless debate.
I once had a friend that said he was so competitive he could argue about chewing gum better than me. To which I laughed and thought, “How silly. Everyone knows I chew gum way better than he does…”
If there’s anything I keep reading/hearing over the past year, it’s that successful writers write every day. No matter what.
Everyone has excuses as to why they don’t write. In trying to write every day, I’ve started to access my own excuses. I came to an interesting conclusion.
I don’t write because I’m exhausted. Now that’s a bit more specific than saying I’m busy. And it makes the problem a bit easier to tackle.
One of the things I’ve done is cut certain activities out of my life. Goodbye Once Upon a Time, etc. My regularity of writing has gone way up – as has my “dreaming” – that time where I’m picturing scenes in my head.
I’ve also started turning off the radio on the way home from work so I can plan out a scene. Basically, I’m trying to maximize my pre-planning which David Farland says is one of the biggest reasons writers find it difficult to write (not knowing the scene well enough). At the same time I get excited about writing those scenes, which helps combat the tired feelings.
But what about when I do all that and I’m still exhausted? I remember opening my laptop the other day and staring at my manuscript with glazed eyes. After five minutes of no words, I closed the laptop and took a nap.
In thinking about this, there’s one more change I need to implement.
I need to take the keyboard by the horns, fight through the fatigue, and write for crying out loud. At the risk of sounding cliche, I need to – Just do it. I had such an experience the other day. I cranked out 1,500 words and loved the scene.
It can be done.
Now, I just need to do it more consistently. So, what about you? Do you need the perfect environment or physical/emotional state to write? What do you need to fight though to be a successful writer?