Write something every day, even if it’s crap
As I write this, the past week has been a whirlwind. Last week was incredibly busy and I got home Sunday, caught up on sleep and went into an all-day work meeting, followed with a gathering after. Then I got home and crashed last night, only to wake up and get dressed to go in for another all-day meeting.
With luck, I’ll be home at a normal time tonight.
Meanwhile, having recently written posts exhorting everyone to place their keesters in a chair and write something, I’m faced with a choice: be a complete hypocrite or write something that’s less than stellar.
By virtue of the fact that you’re reading this post, I chose the latter.
This is hard. I don’t want to do it. I would rather play solitaire or check out the latest nonsense on Buzzfeed or Cracked. I’d rather catch a 15-minute nap before I brave the excitement that is construction on the Veteran’s Expressway.
But I’m a writer. I write.
We write. Even when we don’t want to.
Especially when we don’t want to.
Because my short story wasn’t quite good enough to garner the Royal Palm Literary Award this year. Because being in this year’s collection carries no value next year when a new set of stories is submitted and selected. Because I want to improve and because I’d like to be published at some point.
Because just the act of writing now, even if it’s not inspired content, improves my writing later.
Because that’s what we do. Write.
If you’re dragging today and you don’t feel like putting fingers to keyboard, I hear you. Do it anyway. You don’t have to do it for a long time and it doesn’t matter if the output isn’t up to your normal standards.