Recently you may have seen the interview I did with Phillip McCollum as a part of my featured blog series and he had some great advice.
I know a lot of people disagree with this one, but I’ve found that for me, writing everyday has paid off in spades. I feel its helped me improve my skills and maintain momentum. I treat it like physical exercise. The less you do it, the harder it is to get back in the game. The more you exercise your physical and mental muscles, the difficult tasks become easier over time.
I believe, like Phil, that with all things you hope to master, they are a muscle that needs exercising. The more you do those things, the better you become at them. And I wanted to back it up with today’s quote by Jane Yolen.
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.
There are going to be days where you’re not going to be able to accomplish everything you wanted to with your writing and that’s okay. But do your utmost to write every day. (Hint: if you blog every day, that counts.) I mentioned a project I’m working on last Friday and while I’ve written some of it, right now most of what I’m doing is outlining. It’s certainly keeping my writing muscle fresh. It’s not the actual story in words yet, but I’m still exercising that writer’s muscle.
Make a note, design characters, do a blog post, write in your journal, keep exercising that muscle. That way when you finally do have time to do the writing you really want to do your writing muscles will be ready for the task.
Do you agree with Phil and Jane? What ways do you try to exercise your writing muscles every day? What advice would you give to those who believe they don’t have the time to exercise their writing muscles daily? Have you found writing regularly has helped you? Let us know below.