I know I might get some random objects thrown at me for what I’m about to write next, so before I begin, put away any sharp objects (yes including the pitch fork in the corner).
Okay, I’m letting that sink in.
I know many well respected authors and even new comers believe that a writer needs to write every day, even if it’s just one line of gibberish. I am not belittling their opinion. In fact, there was a time I felt the same way and literally tortured myself whenever I wouldn’t write or would put it off in favour of something I deemed much less important. If I didn’t write anything substantial for a few days, much less a week or more, I would spiral and feel absolutely horrible, especially when people all around me were congratulating me for being so ‘focused and driven’.
I won’t sit here and pretend that at times it hasn’t been pure procrastination, not because I was worried about what others would think when they read the words, but more because I sometimes worried that if I sat at the computer nothing would happen and that scared me. It was a fear I wasn’t able to admit for a very long time, but that’s another topic for another day.
I don’t remember exactly when my opinions about having to write every day changed, but there came a time when it hit me that there was way more to writing than just the act of my fingers on keys or pencil to paper. There was so much more! It was being outside in the early morning working out and something as simple as the way the sun rose inspiring a new line for a character. It was hours of daydreaming about how I would make a love connection between two of them, or how it would better make sense to have war at another’s doorstep. It was reading other writers’ work, feeling the way they created their own worlds and fondly thinking of mine. It was watching shows that were in the same vein as what I was writing at the time and keeping my mind in character. It was biting into a piece of banana bread and asking, ‘I wonder if this or that character would like sweet foods or savoury’? It was talking to someone and thinking that a particular character would probably say the same thing they had.
Again, there is so much more to writing than the act.
Writers, please stop beating yourselves up for not writing every single day. Do your best always, do what you can always and if there’s a day or week where you’re not yet ready to sit down and begin, use that time to flesh out your characters in your head, take notes, live and breathe them for a while, then take action. Remember, you are inspiring your writing with every action and every moment that you exist.
Please note that Part 2 of Worlds Apart Chapter 6 of my science fantasy novel AWAKENING (When Worlds End Trilogy) is now available for your reading pleasure here: ’ Worlds Apart (Pt. 2)’ See you all Friday and I hope you enjoy the latest installment of Awakening. The beginning of Chapter 7: Royalty & Blood, will be posted this Saturday, April 12, 2014 on ‘Jackie Jones on Wattpad.’.
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