Until a few months ago, every time I read other writers’ blogs, I found myself under a lot of pressure. It seemed like every author under the sun had a habit of writing at least 2000 words per day, every day. I tried doing it too. And it worked. I got more writing done than before. Sometimes I wrote passages that I was quite impressed with when I re-read them days later, and sometimes I wrote utter crap. But I wrote (at least) 2000 words every day.
Like I said, it got the job done. But for me, it sucked the joy out of writing. There was just too much pressure to sit down and write even when I had no idea what to write, no new scenes, no new developments to introduce into the plot. Being self-employed for almost a decade was in the end what helped me realize that I was the only one pressuring myself and that I had the power to stop it. I was my own boss and I had the right and the responsibility to set myself my own goals and methods of writing.
I still write 2000 words per day, almost every day. But sometimes, for me, writing means lying on the couch, with the shutters closed, in silence, thinking. I need the peace to let my mind work out the next step in the story or solve the glitches in the plot. I can’t do that while typing five useless paragraphs just to reach my daily goal. Maybe the day after I’ll write 3000 words, but for me, there must be days when I write absolutely nothing. I think of those days as pampering my soul. Resting it, re-energizing it for the next bout of crazy, inspired writing. From time to time, being lazy can be very productive. 😉
What is your writing method? Do you have any rules about when, how, how much you write? Do you prefer pen and paper or laptops? What gets you inspired?