I write novels. I’ve written three of them. Putting aside quality (man, I hope they’re good) one thing I’ve learned during the long process of piecing together an extended narrative is that consistency counts. For this reason I write everyday. Sometimes that means I’m pounding out 1500-2000+ words. Other times it means I’m cutting blocks of text, stripping out dead-end plot lines, or even restructuring the entire story (really ripping its guts out). Either way I write.
Before I put myself on so strict a regimen of daily writing, I produced several unfinished novels and a ton of short stories and novellas, but I did it all in fits and spurts that came on a whim. There was no consistency. Without it I felt more like the pen than the author holding it. Now, even when I produce something horrible, I take heart in knowing I’ll be back at it tomorrow.
— david j.