8 Understandable Reasons Why I Can’t Write Daily

And you probably can’t either

Danielle Kraese
May 1, 2017 · 4 min read

Every time I come across an article with writing advice, I see the same bossy directive: You must write daily! These words are always drenched in judgment, like the author already knows I don’t write daily and thinks I’m being stubborn about it.

Well, I just refuse to hear that advice, and I continue on with my daily habit of mostly not writing. I also keep reading more articles, looking for the non-judgy one I know must be out there — the one that says:

“Write when you can, if you’re in the mood and not too busy, during those sparse times when all your laundry is done and you had a snack and you’re not bleeding and you already called your mom to catch up for an hour and then had her pass off the phone to your dad for 30 seconds and after all that you still don’t have a migraine.”

But I can’t seem to find that article. I think this will have to be that article for you and me and all of us because sometimes you can’t write daily. Sometimes you’re armpits deep in any number of more urgent tasks. Here are some completely valid reasons why I can’t write every day, and maybe why you can’t either:

I spilled/broke/destroyed something and I need to clean it up

I kind of have a headache

I can only be creative when my apartment is spotless

I broke the internet and I need it

I couldn’t possibly form a valuable opinion or thought until I’ve seen all 180 episodes of The Golden Girls

I want to learn how to code/speak German/make scones from scratch

All my plants are on the brink of death (again) and I need to make things right

I injured myself

So there you have it. With this colorful range of roadblocks, it’s a wonder anyone ever writes at all. In fact, this post took me four years to complete.

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