Why writers have to write every day

Two reasons behind the most famous writers’ rule

There are lots of writers’ rules, but the most famous is to write every day. Every writer and every writing book will tell you if you want to be a writer, you must write every day. Why?

  1. The less important of the two reasons I’ll give, I’ll give first. You must write every day so that every day you will have the recent experience of having written yesterday. That way when you go to write today, you will believe you can—because you did yesterday. This is very important. The more time that passes between the last time you wrote..and now..the farther away will be those meagre memories of having successfully written for one day. If you wrote two days ago, it is quite easy to believe that you can repeat that today; if you wrote yesterday, it is even easier.
  2. It takes a long time to write a book so you have to do it in little pieces. This is not college or high school—you cannot write a novel “the night before.” There is no night before. Maybe you can write 5 pages in a day. Maybe you can write 10. Maybe you can write 20. But you cannot write 200. If you work sporadically, it will take mysteriously longer to finish your novel than if you work regularly. This is a good place to be the tortoise, not the hare. If you “only” write one page a day, but you write every day, that’s a pretty long book every year. A book is a big project. The wise way to do most big projects is to break them into little pieces.

There are other reasons why writers have to write every day. These are just two that are apparent to me right this minute.