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Writing Every Day

Do you have designated days off from writing, or do you write every day? I’m a hack. If I don’t write every day, the bills don’t get paid. I also wouldn’t have time to work on the things I want to write, as opposed to the things I get paid to write.

That said, I tend to get very little writing done on Mondays. That’s business and accounting day. I’m trying to spend less time writing, and more time reading, on the weekends. If I were more financially stable, I would like to have more normative office hours and take Saturday and Sunday off. That’s not economically feasible for me right now.

Writing Every Day

I need to go back to that distinction I made, too. There is writing that I do strictly for money. It’s not that I don’t do my best, or lack passion for what I’m doing. The choices I make, in terms of both the project I pick and the what I approach the project, are more market-driven than artistically motivated. In short, I work on things that I think will sell, and write them in a way that’s commercially palatable.

The things I write for me are things I’d never find a market for. They’re done purely as acts of artistic expression. I write what I want, the way I want. If I don’t write every day, I won’t even have time to do that writing.


The Merry Writer is a writer’s game on Twitter run by Ari Meghlen (@arimeghlen) and Rachel Poli (@RPoli3). Each day there’s a new question, and each month there’s a new theme. In these posts I expand upon the answers that I’ve posted on my Twitter.

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