The Case Against Writing Every Day
“Write every day. It doesn’t matter what you write, but just write something.”
How many times have you heard that piece of advice? As writers (more specifically, bloggers), we’re told that we need to write every day to keep our writing muscles strong. The idea is that the more you write, the better you’ll get at writing. It’s like a basketball player shooting hoops every single day. If he keeps shooting, he’s bound to refine his shot, right?
Honestly, I’m not so sure.
I used to think the advice to write every day was brilliant, but lately, I’m not so sure.
That’s because, as a writer, I know that writers tend to get stuck in a rut, writing the same types of things over and over. We develop little nasty habits over time (some try to call this “their style”), and by writing every day, those little habits and shortcomings we have as writers tend to only worsen.
Then there’s the whole quality vs. quantity argument. Who would you rather read: the blogger who writes every day just for the sake of writing or the blogger who only writes maybe a couple of times each week whenever he is truly inspired?
To me, “write every day” just isn’t great advice. I understand that it sounds good in theory, but the reality is that writing every day is useless unless you’re actually truly working on bettering your craft.
In other words, if you’re going to write every day as practice, try to truly focus on developing your style and challenging yourself as a writer. Try different styles of writing. If you’re normally a corporate blogger, try writing more personal stuff. If you write news pieces, try exploring creative writing. This is what will help you truly grow as a writer. Writing the same thing day in and day out will only serve to stagnate your writing.
Do you write every day? Do you really think it has helped you grow as a writer?