Write every day, we are told. It’s intended as good advice, whether we’re creating fiction, a blog, or other forms of non-fiction.
The idea is that a regular habit will maintain the flow of thought and get the job completed faster and better than a spasmodic effort.
Yet if we undertake other focused disciplines on a daily basis, we run the risk of overtraining. Anybody who has worked out hard knows the bad feeling of not being able to face another session at the gym because neither the body nor the mind is ready for it.
What’s so different about writing?
In defiance of commonsense, people are expected to be able to push beyond a funk, favor perspiration over inspiration, force themselves through the wall.
This makes little sense. The mind can become exhausted, no less than the body.
By all means look at your writing every morning, assess it, think about where it’s come from and where it’s going. But don’t feel you must churn out another 500 or thousand words, just because today is another day.
Nothing is as good as coming back fresh from a period of rest.