Funny thing is that in a team of six presenters, two of them pretty much used over half my material, and I found myself needing to script a new presentation. Thank goodness we're only talking a 50-minute moment in time. When I kidded the speakers, one of them told me she was a huge fan of my essays and op-eds in FundsforWriters, so she probably just repreached what I'd been teaching her for years. I was hugely flattered, and gladly commenced to brainstorming for a new angle.
Good thing I was used to coming up with writing ideas every day.
The speech went very well. In the midst of it, I came up with a very simple, logical explanation to writing daily, prompted by the fact I just had to rewrite a speech. I'm a firm believer in picking up my keyboard or pen each and every day, and am constantly chastised by others that's it's not necessary. I will disagree with them until my final days when I quit writing, and these simple experiences should hammer the concept home and explain why.
Do not wait until the time is right to write.
First, your writing is a job, part-time or full-time, if you are trying to earn money at it. Face that. You don't go to work when you feel like it. You go because it's expected of you.
Writing daily is a habit you have to acquire. Most writers do not do it, and ultimately make excuses online about why it's not important. One speaker at the conference even said it was not important. I took issue with that claim. Think about it:
- Putting Kids to Bed - We train our children into a habit before bedtime. They take a bath, brush their teeth, maybe read a book. We get them accustomed to the routine, so that their little bodies start relaxing, and when they pull the covers up, they are fast headed to slumber. If you do not have this routine, you know how hard it is to make them settle down.
- Returning to Work After Vacation - When we take off from the 9-to-5, and stay gone a week or more, we fine it difficult to fit back in when we return. The work is piled up. We have to catch up on what went down in our absence. We have to reread material and remind ourselves what we were doing before we left. All because we took a break.
- Putting Down a Book - We all have books on the nightstand or beside the recliner. When life gets hectic, however, and we go a week or more without picking it back up, we lose our place. We even forget names of characters, or the events that made then act the way they are. So we shuffle back over previous chapters trying to orient ourselves. If we'd kept reading, we'd be oriented.
You go to work because it's expected of you. Treat writing the same.