Wednesday, May 19, 2010

WEDNESDAY'S BURNING QUESTION

Ellen Hart writes:

Discipline is a vital trait for a writer. I often point out to my classes that, although it may seem axiomatic and thus unnecessary to say, the person who gets published is the person who finishes the book. And that leads me to my question:

Do you write every day? Do you write a certain number of pages or words when you work, or do you sit in your chair and write for x-number of hours, no matter what you get done?

4 comments:

Sheila Connolly said...

I end up writing almost every day, and I write until I run out of words. That can vary from tinkering with something I've already written, changing a word here and there, to a full chapter at a sitting.

LINDA M. FAULKNER said...

I write virtually every day. In addition to my fiction, I do a tremendous amount of professional writing and technical writing for my "day" job, for which I'm paid (up front, no less!) and have deadlines. It's amazing how much the tighter, more techinical writing has improved my fiction writing skills and output.

Lori L. Lake said...

I am SO totally not someone for other writers to emulate. I write when I'm on a roll, and then the rest of the time, it's hit and miss. I admire those who can write every day, no matter what. Good for them! Doesn't work for me.

I started reading this fabulous book by Eric & Ann Maisel called BRAINSTORM: HARNESSING THE POWER OF PRODUCTIVE OBSESSIONS, and in it I recognized my problem: I need to be nuts about a project to want to write on it every day.

So my new goal is to figure out ways to work on projects about which I'm completely over the moon. If I manage that, I think I'll have something good going!

Patricia Haddock said...

I write everyday--unfortunately not always on my mystery novel. I do a lot of corporate writing and teaching, so I spend part of every day writing materials for that part of my business.