Falling off the Wagon of Writing Daily

After I posted yesterday, I realized that I’d given the impression that writing daily is an addiction. Once you start, you just can’t stop. That’s how addictions work, right?

The addiction part is true. The second part? Not so much.

Writing is work. No matter how much you love it, no matter how naturally it comes to you, it’s work – hard work. Even when you’re in the habit of writing every day, there are going to be days when you want a day off. Let’s face it: there are days when you’re ready to beg for a day off.

That’s ok. Sometimes, your brain, body, or both need a day off.

The only problem is that once you’ve had a day off, taking another day off is insidiously easy. And the longer it takes you to get back into that routine of writing every day, the harder it will be to do it.

It’s like dieting. The longer and harder you go off the diet, the less going back on it appeals. Even if you like the foods on your diet, they’re not as fun or exciting as the other options. They’re good for you, and you love the results of eating them. You could even say you’re addicted to losing weight or the thrill of getting complimented.

That doesn’t make doing it any easier.

So, yes, the results of writing daily are addictive, but actually doing it is a commitment. It’s not something you choose once and do subconsciously from then on. No, it’s something you have to choose to do every single day.

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