30 Days of Writing

"A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts."

Last week I bought a book from Amazon called Daily Rituals. It catalogs how 161 well-known thinkers and artists organize their day to get work done.

Stephen King famously writes 2000 words a day, every day. He starts around 8:30am, finishes around 11:30am, and keeps his afternoons free. As I read how others organized their day, writing daily was a common habit.

pause

To be honest, I was just about to launch into a riff on how I plan to write everyday for the next 30 days, proposing that it would help me write better, think better, and collect and organize my thoughts.

But as I was researching on "writing every day", I came across this post by Cal Newport. He basically says, unless you're a full-time writer (like Stephen King) it's terrible advice to "write every day". Because once you violate a hard schedule, like writing everyday, your motivation drops and you'll find reasons to procrastinate the larger goal which kills your motivation to continue.

I know this to be true because I face this same disappointment the first week of every year when I resolve to get in shape by "running once a week".

So there you have it. Instead of saying, "I'm going to write for 30 days straight"; I'll say, "I will be writing more often and we'll see how it goes..."