You know why they tell you to write everyday?
It’s not so that your fingers won’t lose their supple musculature. It’s not so that your keyboard gets that nice, worn-in feeling–where it feels like the keys are molding to your fingertips. It’s not even for consistant word count, even though that’s the nice side effect.
They tell you to write everyday because if you do that, it’s just easier. You don’t have to ‘warm up’ as long, you don’t have to remind yourself where you were when you finished, you just pick up and go. And, if you’ve ended in the middle of something (I believe that was Hemingway’s advice) then you can go even faster because you’ve already done the hard bit of starting a scene.
Because of a very up-and-coming deadline for my CWC writing crew, I’ve been trying to finish 50 pages pretty quick. The result is that I’ve been writing consistantly (part of the point of the group in the first place) and every day. I’m still way behind, but I’m digging the rhythm that’s being established.
Fingers crossed that I can keep it up after the deadline. When I forget to do that, it’s up to you guys to remind me to read this post and repeat: It’s easier if you just do it. It’s easier if you just do it.
Nike’s on to something with that slogan.
Jenny writes dark fiction that her mother hates. Her stories and essays have appeared in Across the Margin, Pantheon, Shimmer, Black Denim Lit, Skive, and others. When she’s not writing her own stuff, she’s reading mysteries for Criminal Element. When she’s not writing fiction or reviews, she’s writing/directing/performing/designing plays at Springs Ensemble Theatre.