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“You must write every single day of your life…” – Ray Bradbury
“Write every day.” – bloggers all over the Internet
This statement drives me crazy. It makes the Top 5 on almost every list of advice for writers, and it’s unrealistic. It’s generally delivered with no context, and I think it can actually become discouraging to new authors if it isn’t qualified a bit.
Given that, I want to dole out some slightly different advice.
“Write whenever you can.”
Writing every day is an admirable goal, and it’s a wonderful brass ring to reach for. It ensures you stay focused and make time in your schedule to chip away at that essay or novel. However, I think some who might take it as a mandate could get down on themselves if they miss a day or two. If you’re anything like me, your daily life does everything it can to PREVENT you from having free time to sit and write.
Advice on writing when you can fit it into your schedule.