I Did Nothing Yesterday
The pressure writers (and content creators in general) like myself put on themselves to produce every day can be exhausting. It is necessary, yes, to write every day and perhaps even publish every day to get ahead in this game.
Some days, though, it’s nice to just sit back and do nothing.
This goes for anything in life, really. Everyone needs a day off to prevent burnout. With a task such as writing, though, it requires a lot of brainpower and focus. It requires staying in the same spot (like your bed or desk) for hours on end.
What non-writers don’t understand is the mental fatigue a writing session can take. The same can be said for video editing or general research. The combination of steady screen-staring and lack of movement becomes exhausting, even if you moved nothing but your fingers and wrists in the process.
As a newbie to the daily writing life, this has been a challenge. This week, I have seen both ends of the writing spectrum: the day where you’re filled with ideas and can write three stories, and the day where you don’t want to write anything.
These were my last two days, actually.
Two days ago from this writing, I published one story and wrote two more. I began planning for future stories and started research for a video I will be making soon.
Yesterday, I continued researching for that video, but mostly just laid around and relaxed.
And what’s the result? I feel refreshed today and ready to write.
Writing in bunches has been a key piece to my weekly writing process thus far. It hasn’t taken me long to understand how quickly the coin can flip. One side of the coin represents those beautiful days of idea-generation and writing. The other side represents resetting our powerful-yet-finicky creative minds.
I write multiple stories some days for the days where I will not write any stories.
It is my goal to publish once a day on a monthly timeline. If I’m not able to publish tomorrow, I will publish two stories at another time to balance it out. The goal, of course, is to publish once a day. Thanks to my planning, I was able to accomplish that yesterday despite not writing.
Today, I write for today. But I will also write for tomorrow just in case I have one of those days again.
Balance is key to everything and so is planning. Whether you are a writer or not, find balance, plan for the future, and you will reap the rewards.