It is the first week of NaNoWriMo, and I’m barely able to keep up. I took a break from writing last month to keep myself from starting something I wouldn’t be able to finish before November and to focus on Death’s Door. I mainly worked on writing character notes and jotting down ideas, but I didn’t do any real writing, which was a huge mistake.
Writing is like a muscle, it’s something you have to keep working at to maintain. I know I’m not the first person to say it, but I can’t help but stress it. When I first started writing, I would write everyday. I would wake up at 7:00 am on weekend mornings and rush to the computer and sit there all day until way past midnight. I would come home from school and just sit at the computer and write until it was time to go to bed. I would write, and write, and write. What I wrote back then wasn’t very good, but I kept at it until I got better.
Now days though, I’m lucky if I have time to write even a couple of hours a week. Writing is hard now days. After a hard day at work, all I want to do when I get home is rest and relax. Sitting in front of a computer and getting words down on the page is hard. And I don’t want hard at the end of a long day. I want easy. But easy isn’t always good for you.
I can tell you now, that if you love writing, if writing is as necessary to your life as breathing, then never stop writing. Even if you’re dead tired at the end of the day, even if you want nothing more than to just vegetate in front of the television, never stop writing. Grab your notebook, grab your tablet, grab anything and just write. It doesn’t have to be for long, It doesn’t have to be a perfect. Don’t worry about grammar or spelling. Just write.
Because if you stop, if you let your laziness get the better of you, you’ll end up like me staring at the screen in frustration. It’s so hard when you have a story in your head that you need to get out, but all you can do is stare at the screen blankly trying to figure out how to get the words on the page. That has been my past three days. Every word has been a struggle. I have a story in my head, I just can’t get it down on the page. So no matter what, no matter how tired you hard, no matter how hard it might seem to write even a single word, never stop writing.