Monday, October 1, 2012

How You Roll, Or Write, Rather...

I was browsing through blogs today, looking for a topic and saw Nathan Bransford's post on writing every day.

I thought it was a good post topic.

There is absolutely, no way, whatsoever, in any circle of Hell, I would be able to write daily.

How'd you like that sentence, eh?

It's true though. I have lots of different characters and stuff to maintain and when one of them shuts up, I have wheedle stuff out of them. OR I have to just kick back and let my mind work in the background and fix a problem/unlock a puzzle. If I were to write every day, I'd literally have to live in my fantasy world.

It'd be fun. But. No.

It's bad enough that I have lots to do now and trying to prepare for things. I'm working on drawings, my maps and all sorts of other little goodies and that takes time away from things like family. Which sucks.

It also takes away from household chores, but that doesn't suck as much until I look around and go, "Gah!!"

Some of those dust bunnies are freakin' scary. And carry weapons. I do have swords in my house. Have you ever met an armed dust bunny?

Anyway. There's lots of reasons to write daily, but just as many (I think) to not write every day. My brain just doesn't function that way. I can't force myself out of a block. I have to work on it while doing other things. Let it fulminate in the back of my mind. Half the time, it is hard for me to write about something completely different because that creative part of my mind is already occupied. So yes, I will go for long stretches of time where I don't write. But once I hit that, 'Aha!' moment, I'm off like a shot.

So do you write daily or not? What's your take on this?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Writing daily for blog posts and comments, yes. On my books, no. I don't function that way either.

Ellie Garratt said...

My first reaction was I don't write every day either. But then I thought, I do! I blog. I write in my diary. I make quick notes on my phone when I'm on the loo. I write scenes in my head. I think up subplots whilst tackling those evil dust bunnies. Aren't writers writing all the time?

Mel Chesley said...

Well, Ellie, since you put it that way... yes! :D

Unknown said...

I write daily for work, so I'm usually burned out when I get home and so I don't really write much at all these days :(

Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom

Mel Chesley said...

Well that's a bummer. If I had to write daily for work, I think I wouldn't get much done either.

Herb said...

Being a relative layman surrounded by true writers, I will say that when I do write, I do so when "the muse" moves me. There is nothing worse than trying to force yourself to write, because that will give you the worse case of writer's block in recorded history!

As for the dust bunnies, in my case if I do not take care of cleaning, they will declare independence, them being armed is the least of my worries then ;-).

All the jokes aside, it is a bit much to try to write daily, at least in my case. I spend my week days writing code, the last thing i want to do when I get home is sit down and try to add to a chapter I would be currently writing. It is true the creative process at times can be a "Feast or famine"

Julie Flanders said...

Hi Mel,

Just found your blog thanks to the IWSG. Thanks for the laugh about the armed dust bunnies! I'm hoping mine haven't reached that point yet but I know it's close LOL.

I don't write every day either and when I've tried through joining challenges, I find myself blocked and unable to write anything. It just doesn't work for me.

Great to meet you!

Mel Chesley said...

Always happy to offer up a laugh! Great to meet you as well, Julie!