There is a lot of advice on how to be or not to be a writer. One bit I heard too many times to count is that a writer should write everyday.
It is a good idea to approach any endeavor in a disciplined way. But I wondered how a writer of primarily picture book texts, can write every single day.
Picture books are ideas, concepts, visions. The text is short. Can a writer sit down and pen a new picture book every day, day after day? Is mulling over the placement of one word considered ‘writing?’ Does revising count as writing? When the advice-givers say ‘write every day,’ do they mean any sort of writing? Letters to friends or even grocery lists?
Over time I came to understand my own writing rhythms, and assign myself quotas that made sense and worked for me.
I do not write a new paragraph of fiction everyday. I understand this advice in a way that keeps me productive.
So if I dare give advice now, I’d say- don’t be literal in understanding advice. (Though being literate is still a good thing, wink.)