Do you write every day? I mean, really write, not revise, or plot, or draft query letters?
I don't. Even now, when I'm in the midst of a new draft, I have to spend some days figuring out what happens next. Plus, I like to keep busy with other writing things, blog posts, critiquing friends' writing, studying craft. Recently I've been drafting a lot of query letters.
But I've discovered I'm much happier when I write every day. After all, what I love most about writing is storytelling, visiting new worlds, inhabiting new characters. Revising, plotting, and especially drafting query letters, just isn't the same thing. For me, too much non-writing work sucks the joy out of an activity I truly love.
So lately I've been thinking about daily writing exercises. Am I crazy?
In my mind, writing exercises are like, well, exercise. How many people want to take time out of their day to go to a sweaty gym, lift weights and do sit ups? I've always thought I got plenty of writing practice from my works in progress. I didn't want to waste time in the writing equivalent of the gym.
However, I recently read that Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff started the short story blog Merry Sisters of Fate to give themselves a writing venue that wasn't high stakes, but was still a regular place to play with stories.
Maybe my writing routine needs a bit more playtime.
Do you write every day? Do you wish you did? How do you feel about writing exercises?