Write Each Day
Even When You Don’t Feel Like It
by Joanne Troppello
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway
In the last few months, I’ve gotten back into a daily exercise routine. I was really out of shape, but after two and a half months, I’ve been starting to feel better, less tired, and am starting to see weight loss and muscle toning results.
This experience of getting back in shape got me thinking that this is how I need to look at flexing the writing muscle. If I don’t write something every day, I will get into a rut and slack off. Before I know it, five months will go by with no writing accomplished. That’s exactly what happened with exercising. I got busy with work and got out of the daily workout routine. It took several weeks to actually work myself up again to 30-40 minutes of exercise each day.
That same thing has happened for example with my current WIP (work in progress). I’ve been so busy with my copywriting work—which is good, since I need to contribute to our household bills and budget. However, some days my mind is mush after a long day of writing articles and my creative juices are all used up—I have nothing left to work on my WIP.
Currently, I work each day as a copywriter for several different companies. I write many columns each month for Mustard Seed Sentinel. That work has been keeping me very busy. I’ve been trying to focus on writing and editing a little bit every day or at least a few days a week on my WIP.
How Do You Flex Your Creative Muscles?
Do you set goals and try to write one chapter every day? Are you more inclined to set a goal on a specific word count that you need to complete each day? Do you make goals for other creative pursuits like free writing, painting, making crafts, or doing other DIY projects around the house or in your backyard?
It’s so easy to get distracted with the normal daily routine that we don’t spend any time writing. If you work a full-time job, it can be hard to find the time to write or pursue your other creative projects. I know. When I worked at my 9-5 office job, I spent the majority of my lunch hour furiously writing and then tried to get more writing done for an hour before going to sleep.
Since I work from home now, you may think that I’d have more time to focus on my WIP. However, managing the household and keeping up with my normal work schedule keeps me busy.
Flexing the writing muscle is easier when we have accountability. Find a writing partner or writing group. Share your struggles with finding time to write. You may not realize it, but a good amount of writers struggle with trying to find the time to write in their busy schedules. If you have that accountability, that is great.
If you want to start other creative projects and feel like you’re procrastinating, tell a friend or family member what your plans are and ask them to hold you accountable. Basically, they can check in with you to see how your project is going and whether or not you need some motivation to get started or keep going with the project.
I don’t have a writing partner, but I do have an accountability partner in my husband. He is very interested in my writing career. He always asks to see any columns I’ve written and he continually encourages me to keep writing each day.
As writers, we should never take too much time in between books being published before we start work on our next project. This is advice that I need to take too! I have to find the time to start flexing my writing muscle for my novels.
Keep active in your writing and you will be a prolific writer, but take the time to give it your best. You don’t want to publish book after book that isn’t your best work. You should always write, but also keep in mind that you need to keep editing when you’re done. Keep the fun in writing and you’ll keep on writing. One day, you’ll look back at your writing career and see a long line of successful best sellers with your name on the covers.
What is your current WIP? Are you working on another creative project?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel.