Everyday creative writing can be a difficult task to endure, and as someone involved in a 365 day writing challenge, I have seen both the benefits and the drawbacks. I imagine that a lot of people might think that making daily writing your requirement might tap you out creatively. Others might think that it's too hard to fit writing in when there are so many other draws on your time like your 9 to 5 job or playing Angry Birds. In my opinion though, the benefits of fitting this writing in each and every day far outweigh the detriments.
While it's true that everyday creative writing can drain your creative juices at first, that's the great thing about the human brain, you can train yourself to do anything if you make it part of your routine. When I first began my 2,500 word per day challenge, I felt absolutely spent after each session. It was as if I was squeezing every last drop of water out of a sponge. Around the 30 day mark however, I began to notice something strange. I didn't feel tired at the end of my writing sessions. A couple of weeks later, I even felt inspired to keep writing after the 2,500 words of creative writing and the 1,500 or so words of freelance work I did. After 4,000 words, I still felt like writing. It was because of these everyday creative writing sessions that I was able to do more each day.
Time management is a major aspects of everyday creative writing. If you have a job, a child or an intramural soccer coaching job, you may find it hard to fit in your writing. Hard is not the same thing as impossible though. If you want to create something with your words, it's worth moving things around, getting up early or staying up late to fit in your everyday writing goals. Maybe you don't need to set it as high as I have with 2,500, perhaps you can set a 500 word goal or a chapter or page goal. Maybe you can only fit in 20 minutes of writing, which is a fine goal when you set it for every day. If you only do it once a month, however, 20 minutes isn't enough. You need to shake time from your schedule like lunch money from a scrawny kid. Every last quarter, nickel, dime and penny worth of time counts!
Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on Google+ and Facebook.