“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” – Jane Yolen
As writers, we tend to think of what we do, writing, as a chore, a thing that we have to do in order to be successful. This is true, since we cannot be successful as writers if we do not actually write, but not many of us like it.
For most writers i know, writing is the thing they can’t not do, a plague, a torment, a burden. Reading we love, can do from now into eternity; writing? Not so much.
Its important that we understand how important it is for us as writers to actually write on a regular basis. Much like any other skill or talent we naturally possess, we much practice it and exercise that muscle if we ever hope to be successful.
Are you working on it? Most days i sit down and spend about an hour just thinking of all the things I want to write, the plots I want to lay out, the characters I want to bring to life, etc. After that I spend about another hour researching things, like the amount of snowfall in a particular US state, how long it’ll take an unharmed body to bleed out upside down, etc. After that, if i haven’t manage to become too distracted, I can churn out perhaps a whopping three minutes of actual writing.
Like the quote above says, we must write a little everyday to keep our writing muscles toned and gain strength. That’s the whole point of this blog actually, but that doesn’t mean I’m an expert.
We’re all on the same journey to that mystical land where writers can churn out scores and scores of words with little to no effort everyday: Writeopia. We will get there eventually.
And don’t worry about meaning to write and never getting there. Everyone experiences it! I’d been meaning to write something for the blog all day; sometimes you just got to do the thing without thinking about it. That’s how I got here today. So let’s all promise to write something, anything of any length everyday.
Let’s get to Writeopia!