Some days, the writing really just *works* and it feels great, and you have what people call ‘flow’. Some days, it’s harder – you can’t find the words, everything feels like a struggle and everything you write leaves you with the feeling that this, right here, is the worst written sentence not just that you have ever written but in the history of writing.
The best days are the ones where the writing is hard, but it works. Those are the days that feel the most worthwhile, the most productive, where you’re working well and can see how it will continue.
There are some ways to get this going, more days than it doesn’t. Build a daily habit of writing, a specific time, a specific word count, a specific place. Make sure that you write something at that time. It might not be the novel in progress or the best poetry yet, but it should be something. If you’re not in the mood for that short story, write a blog post! Anything is worth writing, just as long as it gets your subconscious into the habit of writing at the same time every day until eventually, it becomes strange and feels peculiar when you don’t write at some point during the day.
Today I had a gorgeous day writing with several students aged between 11 and 15. The writing they came up with was super – funny, staggeringly honest, raw, beautiful. I loved hearing what they have come up with. I write at the same time as they do but I was reluctant to share it, for exactly the same reasons they were. But when I did, they were generous and seemed to genuinely enjoy the writing. I enjoyed the entire day, as something inspiring and came back with loads of ideas.