One of the things I hate about author events are the Q&A’s afterward. Rarely are they ever useful. Most people have a story cloaked in a question, usually along the lines of “I’m an aspiring writer, do you have any advice for me?” I don’t like this, because the author knows the question is coming–I’d rather they just get it out of the way.
But one time I heard a great, honest answer at an author event. Someone asked Kevin Wilson, author of the very awesome The Family Fang, how much he writes. His answer: sometimes, but definitely not everyday. He then said how he sometimes just watches TV instead. Revolutionary and honest.
However, Kevin actually does a lot of writing everyday. He’s in charge of a writing program. He just took the question to mean how much does he write on his own projects.
I also write everyday. I am paid to do so. I usually write about what the company wants me to write about. This is what I’m paid to do. How much do I write on my own stuff? Definitely not everyday. And I’m okay with that. Sometimes the “moment” does hit me, sometimes I just decide to do it, sometimes I set small goals and then take a break. I admire the writers who write creatively everyday on their own projects. But it’s just not for me.
Sure, my output and quality is going to be different. But it’s also more enjoyable. And people do things they enjoy at different rates, in different ways, and at different times.
How much do I write? As much as I feel like. Either all the time, some of the time, or never.