It might sound derivative, but it’s true nonetheless: writing is like a muscle; the more you flex it, the stronger it becomes.
If you don’t write on a regular basis, you’ll suffer atrophy – a degeneration of strength and ability. As such, it’s best to try and write every single day.
“I don’t always have time to write”, I tell myself. Maybe someday I’ll believe it. But deep down, I know I’m lying to myself, as all master procrastinators do.
In reality, there is plenty of time in the day to write, even if you’re holding down a full-time job. Write on your lunch break. Write on the toilet. It doesn’t matter how much you write, whether it’s two-hundred words or two-thousand. As long as you write something.
Like weight training, start off small: a hundred words a day for a week. Each week, add an extra hundred words or so to your daily target.
Nobody goes to the gym for the first time expecting to bench press 140kg. (If they do, disappointment will follow). So, as a writer, do not overwork yourself and expect to write five-thousand words of publish-ready work in a day – everyday. It is neither fair on yourself nor realistic. Instead, you’re likely to invite writer’s block to visit and then you’ll get nothing done.
But writing incrementally over time will, like weight training, improve your stamina. The words will flow with ease and the output volume will be more prolific and of greater quality.
It’s a tired, cliché adage, but practice makes perfect.
So no more excuses. Get writing.
Can a writer who doesn’t write be considered a writer?