Heh…good question to post on a day where I feel like a useless lump and am not likely to do anything productive.
Question 122 – Write every day. Do you agree or disagree, and why?
I agree with making an attempt at this. It’s one of the things that pushed me from only periodically hacking at my manuscript to actually making leaps and bounds of progress, and publishing three books (with two more still being worked on). I used to feel that I could only write when I was inspired to, and while that still stands for short stories (which otherwise I hate writing with every fiber of my being), with novels there’s a lot of material that’s just setup, or explanation, or rough-draft raw material that doesn’t require you to be possessed by the creative fire at the time. I’ve found myself far more capable of writing decent text even when I feel like a lump of crud; this delusion I have that I’ll forget how to write if I’m in a mood or put it off too long is, indeed, just a delusion. Most of the work in writing is the refining of the drafts anyway. What you put out from day to day isn’t the final version that everyone will see. So even if it does happen to be sludge, it’s the sludge of progress.
That being said, everyone needs their rest days, or has days when opening the document is just too much stress. Still, constant progress is a good habit to get into, as is understanding that every word doesn’t need to be perfect right as it’s first spilling out of your pen (or keyboard).