By the power vested in me by having an online media presence, I hereby wave my magic wand and give you permission to have whatever the fuck writing process works for you.
Stop beating yourself up because you’re not one of those people who writes every day. Stop looking so smug and superior because you are one of those people. Neither way of being indicates whether you’re a good writer or not.
Let’s face it, we’re all different, with different commitments, different lifestyles, different biorhythms, etcetera. Are you a morning person? A night owl? Do you have a houseful of kids? Do you live alone? Are you 17 or 71? Coffee drinker, or tea or bourbon or almond milk or wine coolers? We’re all different.
When I’m in the midst of a writing project of my own, I think about it all the time. But I usually only write about once during the work week (for about 4 or 5 hours, if I can) and then on the weekend (and not even every weekend). That’s the amount of time I can take from my other commitments right now. Does that mean I’m not serious about my work? No. Does that mean I’ll never succeed as a writer? No. Does that mean I’m a bad writer? No. It doesn’t mean anything. Except, that’s all the time I can allot to my writing.
Find what works for you, and do that. Don’t waste your time and energy on thinking and feeling that you should be doing it differently. Make a commitment, and stick to your commitment. That’s the end of the story. Do what works for you and don’t worry about what other writers do, or how, or how much, or whatever. You’re not them. Just keep your eyes on your own goals and commitments. Stop comparing yourself to others, or to an ideal of a writer, or to what you read once about “how to write.” It doesn’t help; it doesn’t do anything. Do your life.
If you can, I also recommend trying to enjoy it. I mean, why not, right?
Ok, I’m done ranting.
Tell me, what does your writing process look like?