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    Do You Write Every Day?

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Egor, Jun 3, 2012.

    I'm trying something new, and I'd like your opinions on it: I have started writing every day, and I never used to. I am working on my second book, and in order to keep motivated and brave enough, I force myself to write every day. Even if I only write one sentence, no matter what, I write every day.

    I have started two other novels and ditched each one, it seems, because I have lost the momentum. It can be very hard to break certain habits; it seems like it takes work to form them as well. By writing every day, I'm trying to form a habit of writing. I'm not sure if it will work or work the way I want it to.

    What do you think about this idea?

    It's just that I want to be successful, and I don't believe a writer can be successful without being prolific, and I don't think I can be prolific if I don't have a habit of daily writing. :confused:
     
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    I write every day when I'm actively working on a project. When I'm between projects (like now), I'm not quite that disciplined. I have some stuff on my back burners, but I'm being selective as too which I'm going to front-burner. I haven't added any new text to any of them in over a week now. But I'm starting to feel the urge - one of these stories is starting to call to me, probably because I've figured out a powerful ending for it.
     
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    I hear you. I have this story I've wanted to write about zombies (which is kind of a social commentary in that the zombies are like slaves to a boker and not the flesh-eating Florida kind). It's on the back burner, and I think when I finish the novel I'm currently working on, I may return to it.
     
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    I also have recently begun the practice of writing everyday. I'm finding that it helps keep the creative juices flowing and my writing skills fine tuned. From what I have read, this is a very good habit for a writer to get into.
     
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    I wish I could say I write everyday, but I don't and the worst part is that I know I have to write everyday to be a good writer. It's simple logic, if you work on a regular basis on something you want to do your skill will become refine and your confidence will grow, both prerequisite to become a published writer. What you are doing is a must for all wannabe writers who want to get published. Keep it up.
     
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    I try to but some days I just don't have the energy or enough ideas to write. Other days I'm just far too lazy.
     
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    I try to, but it rarely happens. I'm easily distracted by the internet, and I have depression, which gets in the way of things. Lately I've been writing in notebooks instead of on the computer, and that has helped a *lot.* I just finished a novella in 5 weeks. Now I just need the willpower to type up the bloody thing.
     
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    Trying to write every day changed my life. I didn't stick to it, but it greatly accelerated my progress taking me from clueless amateur to hopeful...amateur. Anyway, keep at it. Working on my third project and each is significantly better in execution and more complex and subtle
     
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    I try to, but sometimes life gets in the way. Although, to be technical, I work as a journalist, so, yes, I do write nearly every day.

    As far as my fiction goes, if it was paying the bills, then the rest of life would get put aside to get it done. Maybe one day...
     
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    I mean this with no offense, but you can't become a writer overnight. For me it started as a hobby, I thought I could write a novel, than realized my first attempt exposed all the weaknesses in my writing. I am now fascinated with improving my skills to redeem myself for the pile of garbage that is my first novel.

    You're in the right place; become active in the Workshop, discuss books, chat with other writers, and you will soon create a habit of writing everyday

    Do I write Everyday? Yes

    Some days I think I will write a lot, and write very little.

    Some days I think I will write nothing, and get a lot done.
     
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    Yes, I agree. I find now that I've been doing it for about a month straight, that I really want to sit down and do it. I hate it on the days when I'm working and I can only manage the time to write 2 or 3 hundred words (or only a hundred sometimes). I like my days off when I can write a thousand. And I don't feel so intimidated by the story. I'm used to writing it. I'm not worried as much about failing.

    Thanks, Killbill, I will. ...there was a little rhyme there, heehee.:)

    That's how I've been since I was 18 years old and first wanted to write after reading Stephen King's "Firestarter." That's how I've always been, and now I'm a nurse. I think I've got to try something different if I want a different result. But I certainly feel you.

    I also suffer from depression, so I can totally understand where you're coming from on that one, and I have throughout my life, and it absolutely prevents me from writing. What's worse is that when I'm depressed, I feel the whole idea of writing is worthless and pointless and will never amount to anything and I give up. I am now taking an SSRI, and that has changed my life. The bottom line is that either I will take the antidepressant or I will not be able to write, and I want to write. For me it's just that simple. Do you take anything for your depression?

    Thanks for the advice, Mootz.

    At least when that day comes you will be top notch in your editing abilities and your ability to write clearly and purposefully. I think it would be very cool to be a journalist, but I imagine it could be very demanding, too.

    I absolutely agree. I've been writing for a bit. I've had some articles published, op eds, and I wrote and published two non-fiction books, and I maintain a book review website (The Novel Report) and then of course I wrote my novel, Caretakers of Eternity. Most people who've read it say they really liked it. And it did get two unsolicited really good reviews on Amazon. But I really think my next novel, the one I'm currently writing, will be even better. So, I agree with you completely

    Yes, I will definitely do that. I've written a short story and some poems I'd like to submit, and I'm about to venture over into the workshop areas. I'm quite looking forward to that.

    Yes, exactly, that's how it is for me, too. Just today, I was like, "I don't have but 15 minutes I can write." But I went ahead and wrote figuring that even if I only wrote one sentence, at least I could say I wrote today. I ended up writing about a hundred words, I think, and so my conscience is clear. Since I started this novel, I have written every day. Sometimes a lot; sometimes a little, but every day so far.

    Thanks for your input, Mark.

    Ed
     
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    I try to work on my novel every day. I think the days that I haven't are very few indeed. Right now that doesn't involve much actual creative writing since I'm in the revision phase, but it does take me forward. I've been writing every day more or less for about 2 years now and am revising my second novel. I have also gotten one ready to the stage where I've submitted it, so this really works because in the long run you really see results of your work AND see how you're improving your skills from story to story. I definitely recommend it.
     
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    I try to write everyday, but sometimes its one sentence or a whole chapter, if I'm working on my novel.
     
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    I try to write every day but maybe one day a week I falter. How much I write each day differs, some days I can write 1,500 words or more, other days its just 300 to 500 words. It doesnt matter how much I write, as long as I can say I have spent time writing. So far I have managed 8,000 words in two weeks on my new story (hopefully first novel).
     
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    Oh and talking of habit, I usually set myself the same time everyday so its organized....unless I get inspiration where I drop everything and write whats in my head.
     
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    I never finish anything but sure I write a lot. At least 1,000 words per day... Before I used to delete a lot of them thinking it was rubbish, but since the only things I'm writing right now are first drafts, I just think: "it is supposed to be rubbish".
     
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    No (not fiction anyway, forum posts, almost always :p ), and I don't try to. I write when I have something to say, or rather, story to tell. Yeah, I know there's this idea that if people waited until then, they'd never write anything. Maybe that's true for some people, not for me. I am not prescribing my style as advice, but I find that it works. If I am not into what I am writing, it won't be worth the time put into it. When a story drives me to write, then I can write it. If there's no inspiration there, I'm better off just doing something else.
     
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    1000 words a day, it's been 2 weeks now, i need to keep writing more and more.
     
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    I try my best to write every day, but a lot of things get in the way (school, sports, homework, etc,) since I'm only twelve. And since I live in a house with only one computer, if my younger siblings are playing a game, or my parents are working, then I can't. But the days I do write I try to get at least a thousand words at a time.

    What I do to keep myself writing and make sure I don't slack off is set deadlines for myself, like, "I have to finish page 20 by Friday."
     
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    I try write everyday and there has been rare weeks where I have written everyday...but sometimes I've just come to accept there's going to days where I haven't got the writing spirit. Like yesterday. Instead of forcing it, I just rest and try the next day :3 I always write the best when it comes naturally really.
     
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    Every day, no matter what it is, I write, even if it's something no one will ever see.

    I read every day too. I can't help that.
     
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    I don't write everyday, but I tell myself "I must write today" everyday - and me nagging myself drives me to the computer sooner or later, usually sooner rather than later, so I write every week at the very least. If I let myself go and don't remind myself, I might not come back to my work lol. I think it's more important you keep in mind that you must write rather than necessarily saying you must write everyday.

    As for momentum - I think it's just a matter of discipline, pushing through that bit that's a little uninteresting or a bit tough, or changing direction and even deleting scenes and events and replacing them with fresh ideas that would get your heart pounding again. You do anything and everything you need to to keep that story fresh and alive and interesting to you. I like to think of it as pruning. It's painful, but it needs to be done and you will reap the fruits of your labour later.
     
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    Get into the habit of writing every day. It has helped me no end.

    If you are working on a project and suddenly find that you cannot motivate yourself to write anything that day - write about something else. This is just as true if you have no particular project on the go. Just choose a random topic - as weird and wonderful as you like and churn out the words.

    How about "My Coffee Mug", "My Pipe Has Just Gone Out Again", "Curtains Could Do With a Wash", "My Little Fingernail, and anything else that just pops into you head. It matters not if it is complete bilge.

    I keep a folder on my computer called DROSS. It is full of outstanding drivel. And sometimes I find a nugget of a good idea amongst, what is at times, nothing more than a random collection of words.

    Sometimes , you just need to unclagg your brain and this is a good way to do it.
     
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    I do exactly that. Exchanging projects is very helpful when you are out of imagination to keep writing about just one. And a good way to keep me writing.
     
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    I find trying to write when I don't have anything to write about only makes me want to write less. I'm writing in my head every day. I can't help that. When I feel the drive, I write, and I typically do it at a pretty consistent pace. lol
     

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