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Why write every day?

Writing every day is an admonition new writers hear constantly. The best reason for the saying is, perhaps, heard from an unlikely source:

The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.Lee Iacocca

I couldn’t agree more.

So have a great day: stop reading and begin writing.

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  • http://smgct.typepad.com/spinning susan

    Amazing: Read your post, was about to voice my strong agreement, took the second to vote in your poll, and what is at dead last? Writing exercises!
    But the interesting thing that I’ve noticed lately is that while I can write whenever and near constantly, when asked as in class or a writers meeting the other night to write a few lines given a word or a setting, I cannot write decently at all! The thought evidently, must begin on its own, and prompts leave me blank and staring into space for ideas.

  • http://smgct.typepad.com/spinning susan

    Amazing: Read your post, was about to voice my strong agreement, took the second to vote in your poll, and what is at dead last? Writing exercises!
    But the interesting thing that I’ve noticed lately is that while I can write whenever and near constantly, when asked as in class or a writers meeting the other night to write a few lines given a word or a setting, I cannot write decently at all! The thought evidently, must begin on its own, and prompts leave me blank and staring into space for ideas.

  • http://clear-lake-reflections.com Mark

    I was going to reply but typing something brilliant, but your admonishon………

  • http://clear-lake-reflections.com Mark

    I was going to reply but typing something brilliant, but your admonishon………

  • http://isanelyinane.blogspot.com rohit

    Well, I personally feel that writing everyday is not necessary but you must be constantly thinking of ideas, themes and characters when not writing.

  • http://isanelyinane.blogspot.com rohit

    Well, I personally feel that writing everyday is not necessary but you must be constantly thinking of ideas, themes and characters when not writing.

  • http://www.writers-edge.info Georganna Hancock

    What a creative mind you have, receptive to your craft at all times, apparently, to find an applicable gem in a different discipline! I’ve always backed up a bit from Iacocca’s notion to say that the idea must exist before the reality, but putting it in writing is a fine part of the process of actualizing anything. It doesn’t matter what you think up as a writer, until it’s written down, it doesn’t exist as writing.

  • http://www.writers-edge.info Georganna Hancock

    What a creative mind you have, receptive to your craft at all times, apparently, to find an applicable gem in a different discipline! I’ve always backed up a bit from Iacocca’s notion to say that the idea must exist before the reality, but putting it in writing is a fine part of the process of actualizing anything. It doesn’t matter what you think up as a writer, until it’s written down, it doesn’t exist as writing.

  • http://barbarawklaser.mysterynovelist.com/index.php?p=182 Mystery of a Shrinking Violet

    Writing every day

    Vikk Simmons at Down the Writer’s Path asks Why write every day?
    I read yesterday in The Writer’s Mentor that Mark Twain began writing the story of Joan of Arc six times over the course of twelve years. He said, “There are some books that refu…

  • http://barbarawklaser.mysterynovelist.com/index.php?p=182 Mystery of a Shrinking Violet

    Writing every day

    Vikk Simmons at Down the Writer’s Path asks Why write every day?
    I read yesterday in The Writer’s Mentor that Mark Twain began writing the story of Joan of Arc six times over the course of twelve years. He said, “There are some books that refu…

  • http://writelife.typepad.com/blog/2005/05/why_should_you_.html Writelife

    Why should you write every day?

    I don’t usually do short little posts like this, particularly when it’s a small item that I frankly stole from someone else’s blog, but this is worth repeating – over and over:The discipline of writing something down is the first

  • http://writelife.typepad.com/blog/2005/05/why_should_you_.html Writelife

    Why should you write every day?

    I don’t usually do short little posts like this, particularly when it’s a small item that I frankly stole from someone else’s blog, but this is worth repeating – over and over:The discipline of writing something down is the first