I think that almost everyone who wants to write, or writes, has heard that they have to write every day in order to really succeed. They've all somehow heard that's what "real writers" do.
They then use the likely fact that they don't write every day to explain why they don't succeed, or haven't yet succeeded, or probably won't succeed, or ever finish the amount of writing they dream of.
This whole idea of writing every day is great if you enjoy it, or if it works for you. It's not so great if you feel pressured, rushed or are under the misconception that you "have to" write every day.
I believe that that thought can be tyrannizing and can actually erase creative impulses and results.
There are only 2 things to do every day: breathe and pee. Everything else is optional. Everything.
In my book Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper, I wrote a chapter about my unique writing process. It describes how easy it is for me, how words flow out of my pen like rare honey. It takes reading a few paragraphs before people realize that I'm kidding.
But I'm not just kidding. I'm speaking to every writer who thinks that they have to write every day.
Just stop thinking that. Stop talking about it.
Write how and whenever you write.
Stop looking at other writers and letting your Comparer inner critic tell you that if you just could write like ______, you'd really be something. And that everyone writes better than you- and.....they surely write everyday. The Comparer inner critic will compare everyone or everything else to you and find you lacking.
Stop allowing your Perfectionist inner critic stop you from sharing any of your writing until you polish it some more, or be so busy rewriting it that you never show it to anyone. The Perfectionist inner critic consistently thinks that nothing is ever good enough.
And see if you can stop your Over Achiever inner critic from convincing you that the more you write, the better. And if you could just simultaneously write and publish multiple books while creating the best marketing plans and "platform" ever seen by anyone anywhere, you might just somehow be good enough to say that even though you secretly don't write every day, you just know you should. The Over Achiever inner critic has a voluminous and endless list that just keeps expanding.
Be awake when your Hopeless inner critic tells you incessantly that you'll never finish, never publish, never make a dime from your writing and even if you do, no one will ever really read it or think it's worthwhile and even if you sell millions of copies, it'll never be enough. It's never enough for the Hopeless inner critic.
With care and attention, these inner critics can be transformed so that you can creatively express what and when you'd like to.
Stop trying to write every day and spend your energy breathing, peeing, living and loving.
Your best writing will emerge from your good living. Also your bad living, bored, resistant, frightened, elated and everywhere in between living.
Start focusing on living every day and your writing will fill in from underneath, above, inside and sideways. It will burst forth, drip out, flow in, bubble up.
Start saying that you don't believe in writing every day. Explain that real writers write every WAY.
And that you are that. Chances are you are real. And if you write, you are a writer. Since you're alive, you're a creator.
You are alive every day and your best writing emerges from your best living.
Refuse to participate in writing beliefs that you had nothing to do with creating.
Gather your inner critics and have them arrested. Watch them be driven off in a squad car. Wave goodbye. When they return soon after, learn to transform them, and continue transforming them. Eventually with skill and practice they can become your every day allies.
Lie down on a white chaise lounge with a purple pen and let the words flow out like rare honey.
Do this for one minute in one particular day.
Repeat and multiply.