I had a thought sometime last night that lasted to now. It's about writing all the time. It's one of the top pieces of advice. Write every day. I tend to roll my eyes at that. Do I really want to write every day? Not really. I usually do. If I'm not working on one of my stories, I'm writing a blog post. Yet I keep rolling my eyes at that piece of advice. Us writers deserve a break don't we? It's not going to hurt if we take one day off and not worry about writing. Our muses deserve a little rest, right? RIGHT?
Enter my thought.
I can't really complain about writing every day. As of this post I am still unemployed so I have a ton of writing time. I have too much writing time. Really, I need to stop bitching about other writers saying we should write every day. Not everyone gets to write ever day and some want to write every day. Now I'm not saying I'm changing my mind about giving the muse a break every once in a while. I'm just saying I need to shut up.
I'm going to keep talking though.
Maybe what really gets me is the obsessiveness over writing every day. OMG I need to get writing in!!! The world will end. No, it won't. The world will keep on ticking if you let those five minutes you could have squeezed writing in by.
I guess that train of thought goes against my laid back personality. The other day I didn't write a single thing. I was busy. My two BFFs came to hang out with me and we went and played with bouncy balls and hula hoops in Walmart. Then we went out to dinner and made even bigger fools of ourselves via whipped cream. Making a fool of yourself for fun is hard work (also so is walking in three inch heels) so by the time I got home I was beat. Writing just didn't hold any appeal. Could I have written something? Oh hell yeah but I didn't and I really see no big deal about it.
The moral of my story (if there even is one. I'm just typing out words in hopes they make sense) sometimes you just don't write. Whether it's life or procrastination, sometimes you just don't get the words down. Don't beat yourself up though. You'll get another chance to crank out those words. I promise the world will be here tomorrow. (And if not I'm very sorry for misleading you.)