A lot of writing advice focuses on getting you to write every day, or to finish that first draft. Many books and blogs advise jumping in and getting that first step done.
I’m at a different point in my writing. I think that as long as you are putting words in, on a regular basis, and you’re happy with the pace of your output — you’re on the right path.
If you want to pump out three or four 100,000 word novels a year; then yes, daily writing is probably your best bet. But if you’re happy to just be working on a story when you feel like it, do what works for you.
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’ve had to re-evaluate my pace a little in recent years. Health, dayjobs which currently pay the bills and family have had to come first; and I’ve found it a little trickier to sit down and get the writing done. In general though, I have a fairly good sense of my rhythms, and after consistently completing two novels a year, I feel confident in my own writing routines.
This month, I’ve barely written anything – two of my works-in-progress are with beta-readers, and I’m flitting between two unfinished manuscripts and a new story idea. I trust my process enough not to force writing daily, but this weekend I’m sitting down to write a short piece even though I feel blocked. It’s been a little too long since the words came easily, so back to discipline and routine it is.