Definitions for “quotidian” range from “daily” to “usual or customary” to “ordinary or commonplace.”
I chose this word because its varying definitions highlight an ongoing debate in the writing community: should you write every day?
I think it’s fair to say that most writers, regardless of actual habits, wish they wrote every day. Whether it’s writing few hundred words of a work-in-progress or blog post, or even scribbling a few words in a journal, I think many of us aspire to be daily practitioners of the craft.
However, not all of us do that. And some of us feel like we just can’t.
Whatever your excuse is: lack of time, lack of creativity, or lack of motivation, most of us non-daily writers have one. But should we make excuses for this?
I admit that I haven’t made a serious commitment to a daily writing habit. Even during this challenge, I’ve scheduled many posts, writing a block of them at once and then taking a break for a few days. This past NaNoWriMo, a project known for encouraging you to write every day, I wrote about 17, 000 words during the last weekend of November to reach the final 50,000 word goal. I’m not really proud of this, but I do know that I can either work with or against my tendency to procrastinate, as well as my tendency to prefer to write large amounts at once, and I tend to choose to work with it, even if it means I have crazy marathon times where I accomplish a lot at once, and then don’t write for a week.
I think that just so long writing remains quotidian — whether that means daily or just with regularity — you’re still a practicing, dedicated writer.
Still, a writer can dream, right? Maybe one day I really will write every day.