This last weekend was the first day in two years that I’ve missed writing.
I had gone to a friend’s house the previous night and stayed up way later than I normally do, and then I had to drive back home early in the morning because my daughter’s mother had to work and my daughter couldn’t be home alone.
The result was that I only got about five hours of sleep, was super tired (and slightly hungover) all day, so didn’t write at all.
I didn’t beat myself up about it, though, because that would’ve just been a waste of time. I had a good time with friends and that’s what matters.
I was able to get back to my writing routine the following day because I’m consistent.
You don’t need to write every single day, but if you want to get anywhere with your writing, you do need to be consistent. This means something different for everyone. Whether it’s once a week, twice a week, or on your lunch break, consistency is key.
The moral of the story is that while consistency is good, it’s also easy to get locked into the trap of being overly productive, and trying to work too hard. Writing is important, but you’ve got to live your life, too, y’know? It’s okay to miss a deadline every once in a while. The world will continue to spin.
Just try not to consistent in missing out on what matters to you.