How often to write

Some people say, write every day. No matter what.

Other people say, write only when you feel like it.

Both opinions get likes and shares.

What does that tell you?

It tells me that some people should write every day, no matter what.

Others should write only when they feel like it.

Or maybe, it’s the same person. For a while, they should write every day like their life depends on it. Down the road, they can just write when they feel like it while they do other things.

For me personally, this is my time for daily scribing. If I wrote just whenever I felt like it, I wouldn’t be writing this now. I am not saying this is a great piece or anything.

But it’s a link in a chain. A long chain I’ve been building. This is momentum.

For someone like me, who has struggled with chronic laziness for nearly 36 years, it would be foolish to break the chain now. How long can the chain get? We’ll see, won’t we?

At the rate I’m going, I may release four more books in 2017.

In 2015 (and all prior years), I released zero books. In 2016, I self-published my first book. Then in 2017, I could release five total, and all of them are quality products that I can stand behind and be proud of.

Does this sound like bragging? That’s not my intention. I am simply reeling from this crazy process. Something big is happening for me, and at an unprecedented pace.

And I know that if I stood on the “write when I feel like it” side of the spectrum, I’d be doing a whole lot of nothing.

Sometimes I don’t feel like writing until I start writing.

Sometimes, the best words I write come out of the tension between my laziness and my showing up anyway.

After I dip into this new habit for a while and build the chain as far as it may go, then sure. I can take a break.

The beautiful thing is, this chain I’m building is also a pathway inside my brain. The more I reinforce this neural pathway with each link of the chain, the deeper the grooves go. Which means in the future, even after taking a long break from writing? When I start again, I may tap back into the chain.

That sets me up to me prolific for the rest of my life, basically.

I know this has been all about me, but you fit in here somewhere. Where are you on the spectrum?

It’s not just about writing. It’s anything, really. Any work you do to move your life forward. Your art, your skills, your ideas, your talents. The stuff you dream of making a living with.

If you’re anything like me, maybe you need to buckle down and start building your chain. Just commit, and come up with a measurable plan.

My chain started when I committed to writing Overcoming Financial Failure in thirty days. After that thirty days was over, I kept going. Producing every day, on some level. And now, it’s almost effortless to just keep going. Even when I don’t feel like it.

But if you’re the type who can just wait around for the muse, more power to you. Maybe that’ll be me someday.

Or maybe I’ll write every day for the rest of my life (I am aiming for at least age 102, and immortality at maximum).

Also published on Medium.