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The day I forgot to write

By 07/25/2014August 12th, 20227 Comments


I panicked.

It was 11:57 pm and I suddenly realized I hadn’t written that day.

I had gotten bogged down with multiple non-writing projects, enjoyed the beautiful day outside with my wife and kids, and spent some time alone reflecting on my business.

A productive day by most standards, yet here I was, feeling guilty. I’m a writer and that’s what we’re supposed to do every day, right?

The adage, “write every day” is good advice, but you know what? Don’t fret if you go a day or two, or even a week or two, without writing. Life happens. And even though I don’t consider it “work,” I typically don’t write on Sundays. I need a day of rest, even from writing, and I find I’m always fresher on Monday.

What about you? Do you write every day? Ever keep track of a “writing streak” the way hard-core runners have their running streaks? Do you ever take a week or more off from writing all together? I’m curious what works for you. Let me know here.

Steve Roller

Author Steve Roller

I'm a business coach, author, copywriter, world traveler (33 countries on five continents so far), and professional speaker. In addition to helping companies get more customers and make more money, I help other writers create profitable businesses. I offer one-on-one coaching, professional copy critiques, and live, in-person business-building workshops. When I'm not writing, coaching, or speaking, I enjoy nothing more than hanging out with my wife and four kids and planning my next adventure.

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  • Thank you for your great insight!

    As I am getting back into freelance writing, which I am really enjoying. However, even though I am really enjoying writing once I am done with my big project every month I find that I usually take a few days off to catch up on everything else in life.

    I also do try to journal each day now and I really find that helpful with staying focused on where I am going. Now, I am working on learning to meditate through the program that AWAI just started and am finding that a wonderful benefit to my writing.
    Patricia ZelmEmmart

    • Steve Roller says:

      Thanks, Patricia. I’m the same way. After I finish a big project I need to catch up on other things, and I also need a mental break. I enjoy writing, but I don’t necessarily “love writing copy” as many people claim. I love making money, and copywriting is a good vehicle to do so! And I do love writing for myself, much more than for others.

      Best wishes with everything you’re doing, and let me know if I can help you in any way.

  • Michael Beil says:

    I capture photos, wrote, and code every single day.

  • I write most days by necessity – always multiple projects in the burner and it’s a chore sometimes just keeping up with the workload!

    I’ve been deliberately taking more time off to refresh and spend time with my family lately, however. Usually take off most weekends (though did a quick edit on an email for a client today). I even took a day off this week to take our family to the beach in another state. On a Tuesday. Gasp. LOL

    Yes, a writing schedule is important, but like you Steve, believe time to refresh and recharge our batteries is also important. The “write every day” mantra may be more important when getting started as a writer – but when you have a load of writing waiting for you every day anyhow I don’t know that it’s as important as it once was.

    One caveat: personal projects. It’s painfully easy to put aside PERSONAL writing (books, website, etc). That one may deserve a “write every day” mantra added back in. 🙂

    • Steve Roller says:

      Good insights, Steve. I think we’re very similar on this one. Best wishes with getting at that pile of personal projects I know you have!

    • Sharon Olson says:

      Oh! Thank you for your insights, Steve C.! “The “write every day” mantra may be more important when getting started as a writer…” is good for me to hear. I’m just getting started and I find I keep getting distracted by looking up to those who are already in the A-list and Masters category and trying to figure out how to organize my day like their’s. Ha! Our days aren’t anything alike! So, I need to be reminded what it looks like starting out. The other day a spouse of an A-list copywriter told me that her husband worked extremely hard every day for six months before he ever saw a dime. And then the hard work started paying off. It’s good for us beginners to hear that we put in the time and then one day — in the future — it pays off. Again, thanks.

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