A lot of professional writers swear that it’s absolutely necessary to write every day. The idea behind this is because it keeps you in practice. Writers need an opportunity to grow and better their craft, and what better way to do that than to practice, practice, practice? It really makes a lot of sense.
On the other hand, there are about as many writers who don’t believe that writing every day is necessary. Rather, you should instead write whenever necessary. Whether that means you’re writing blogs, a book, news articles or all of the above, it doesn’t matter. You just don’t need to write every single day.
Both arguments have valid points. When it comes to the former, writing every day can help improve your writing. You’re forcing yourself to practice and strengthen your craft. It can work because, as mentioned before, it is practice. It’s writing practice in a way. Even if you’ve been writing professionally for years, everyone- and I mean everyone- has room for improvement,
On the other hand, writing every day feels forced. It can feel like a chore if you’re not in the right mood or mindset to write. Whether it’s a mental health matter, writer’s block or something else entirely, some days simply aren’t good writing days. So if you’re not in the right mindset to write, why should you force yourself to write anyway? Another point is that you might not have time to write every single day. Life gets in the way- family, appointments, work, etc. If you’re unable to write one day for a legitimate reason, that can create guilt.
So, what should you do? Should you write every single day? Or should you not?
My personal opinion is that you should do what fits best in your life. If you know for a fact that you’ll be able to write every day without much trouble, then do it. If just the idea of doing this makes you break into a sweat, then don’t do it. There’s no point in trying to write every day if it’s only going to become more of a hindrance then helpful.
This may sound like a cop-out answer. Perhaps you were hoping that I’d recommend doing one or the other. But every writer is different. Some want to write every day; others don’t. Some are able to fit in writing every day; others aren’t able to for good reasons. So do what works best for you. That will surely help you become a better writer in the long-run.