Eat, Sleep, Write. Repeat.
I eat, sleep, and write every single day. It’s neither a formula nor a strategy. It’s just a way of life.
Some people love sleeping. They can spend the whole day in bed. The rest of us sleep because our bodies need to rest and regenerate. Without sleep we would be like zombies.
There are people who eat because they love food. Most of us eat because food is fuel for our bodies. Without it we would cease to exist.
Then there are those wonderful people who write for the sheer love of it. I admire them. I am also in awe of those who write in order to earn money — not just pennies but lots of it. I aspire to be like them.
My motivation, and reasons for writing are different. It keeps me alive. Writing is like breathing for me. I draw in life experiences through joy, through pain, then breathe them out on paper. I self-medicate through writing. Someone once said:
Writing is the only medication I can afford.
A lot of what I write ends up in the dust bin. I’m okay with this. I don’t grieve over deleted or discarded articles. I view them in a similar way as I view the cloths I use to clean dirt. Sometimes the cloth is too soiled to be used again. It has to be thrown away. It has done its job and has made a previously filthy surface sparkling and clean. When people walk into my house they admire how clean it is. Not once have I ever pulled out a dirty rag to show them how I did it. The end result is all that mattered.
I breathe out thoughts and feelings, then inhale happiness through my writing. That’s what it’s all about for me. So when I hear people say, “You don’t need to write everyday” — I ignore them.
I would never tell anyone when or how to eat, because when you’re hungry enough your stomach will growl and you will want to eat. I would never tell anyone when or how to sleep. When you’re tired enough, your body will demand it.
So, when I need to breathe, I write. If you’re like me maybe you should be writing every day too.