When people ask about my writing habits and hear that I write every day, they sometimes say, “Oh, I could never do that.” They say this like it’s a choice, but really it’s something that I have come to rely on.
Writing, for me, is something I must do. It’s funny because there are other things, like going to the gym or even taking the time to cook dinner (carry-out is a writer’s best resource), that I will often just brush off.
But writing – that’s something that I ALWAYS make time for. Otherwise, I just don’t feel like myself. This wasn’t always the case. I wasn’t born with pencil in hand, scribbling stories on a notebook before I could barely speak. It’s something that formed over years and years and it really didn’t manifest itself until my college years.
Like anything, writing is a habit. But now, years after that first time of forcing myself to sit down at my desk and write, the discipline of attacking the blank page feels a little less intimidating. I think it’s like anything you work at over time – a confidence begins to emerge after constant repetition.
All habits are this way. You can’t play a musical instrument the first down you sit down with it, music requires time. It’s that first time that is the always the most difficult. But each subsequent experience becomes easier and easier. The effort it takes to begin decreases as your muscle memory takes over. It starts to feel natural, soon, even effortless.
But why should you even care in the first place about whether you need to write every day or not? Does anyone really care? Does the world need one more blog post and more Facebook notification? Maybe not. But contrary to what “the world” may believe, I still rely on this habit of writing daily.
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