People tell me all kinds of made up reasons why they can’t write every day. They are never because they physically can’t type out a few hundred words. Mind you, I am in no way cajoling or hectoring them into daily writing. People seem to have a list of excuses that nobody was seeking to hear in the first place. You do you. Besides, all of the excuses are fake. The reason most people do not write daily is the simple fact that there is no good reason for them to.
Overall, it’s not that hard to write something every day. I used to be too scared to do it though. My reason wasn’t strong enough yet. Sure, some days it is the last thing on my list of priorities but mostly it has become a normalized task like eating or bathing.
When I see someone running through the park who appears to have spent the last ten years locked in a gym, I’ll think “I need to work out more often.” Does that mean I have any intention of doing so? Nope. I have no reason to spend hours sculpting my triceps every week and depriving myself of chocolate. But still, the idea pops up and all the guilt along with it.
It might be nice if I did have a reason to do so, but often our reasons come from places of horror. Having a perfect physique could stem from crippling vanity or having an unhealthy relationship with your father who beat competitiveness (literally) into you. Or maybe you just come from a culture that values physical appearance more than other traits. The reason thus being fear of inadequacy. Perhaps you are a model or an athlete though and you provide for yourself, family, and society based on your physique.
Reasons can be positive or negative. Constructive or destructive. A reason is what we’re all seeking before we do anything. Consciously or unconsciously.
Sometimes we don’t like to admit the reasons for our actions even to ourselves for fear of the implications. A compelling reason can change your life structure and change is the opposite of security. And since security is a good marker of survival, it is damn hard to go against.
I don’t recommend that anyone write daily who has no reason to. I write daily because I want to be a writer. Ah, but why do I want to be a writer? Reasons can nest within reasons. I want to be a writer because I would like a creative outlet that keeps my mind active and can also pay the bills from almost any location I choose. Writing is stimulation, freedom, and survival. Ideally.
I’m not there yet. So, I work daily to get to my reason in the face of many logical excuses. And I don’t want to hear your excuses, tell me your reason. Better yet, tell yourself your reason and buckle up. It’s gonna get real.