Drawbacks of writing and publishing every day

Although it can be a good place to start building a positive writing habit, there can be a few drawbacks to writing and publishing every day.

I firmly believe that writing and publishing every day is a great place to start for any new writer. It can help build up a grow a good habit and can help grow your skills as a writer. Let us however look into what pitfalls can come from writing and publishing every day.

Even a positive habit, can turn on you and do you more harm in the long run.

Less time for editing and turning a good story into a great one

This is a personal one for me, which some of you may be able to relate to. As a father, a partner, and someone in a full-time career, time is not always on my side.

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I have been able to block out set times, every day to spend time writing and then quickly reviewing what I have written, editing, and then publishing all within that same 3 hours or so time block. Not impossible, just not fully efficient.

At this stage, I spend more time on writing than editing, when ideally an hour or so more each day should be spent, decluttering and making each article more relevant to who I am trying to help.

If you are writing and publishing every day it will help build and create a great habit, in the start, this is essential in understanding if you firstly enjoy the process and secondly, you become more consistent.

However, if your time is limited. If you already have a full-time career, this can leave less time for reviewing, editing, and helping to turn a good article into an excellent one.

Giving yourself time to think, we all need moments to rest

Your physical and mental health are two important things to look after. We will all have off days, have days when we are unwell or have urgent matters to attend to.

You should never have to feel guilty from taking a step back, taking care of yourself, and picking back up with your writing.

I have pushed my mental health and personal wellbeing to the side too many times, telling myself I can push it down and carry on, in the long run, this never ends well. Becoming consistent with your online writing does not mean you need to write and publish every single day, until your last breath.

It is about picking up the habit and sticking with it, even after a few off days. Like with any skill or craft, it will take time to grow. Taking a ‘you day’ to focus on your mental health, family, partner, or physical health, when you need it, is far more important than forcing yourself to write each and every day.

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Bad writing habits can be easily missed

If you are in the habit of writing and publishing every day it becomes easy to miss a bad habit and let it snowball over time.

For example, if you are creating stories to help others and it does not solve any of the audience’s problems. If you do not notice this and you focus more on publishing every day, these bad habits can be easily missed.

Writing should never feel forced

Similar to reading, if your focus is just to read more, to say you have read 100s of books in a year, with the goal of simply just wanting to read a higher number, it will take the joy and purpose out of it.

The purpose of reading is to learn or to be entertained. If a book you are reading is awful, you don’t need to force yourself to read it. If you don’t feel like you are learning anything, it is okay to put it to the side and start another book.

The same goes with writing, if you are getting to the point where you are writing just for the sake of hitting a numerical target, just to say I have written every day for 100s of days, if there is more force than joy, then you need to stop.

If it is not needed, get rid of it. If this means you do not publish today, but tomorrow. So be it.

“So the writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads.”

Dr. Seuss

Some final ramblings

When writing online, it is true that the more you write the better you will become.

I didn’t learn how to swim when I was a child by swimming less, I did it week after week, consistently. I learned by swimming, by failing, learning from my mistakes, and trying again. I may have missed a few days here and there. In fact, I definitely had a few sick days sat at home watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but come the next week I was back again.

You don’t need to write and publish every day. The more you can do it, in the time you have, the more you will learn, but it is not necessary. You can take breaks and go for a family hike during the day and not write. Who knows it might give you, even more, to write about tomorrow.

Writing and publishing every day is not bad there are a lot of benefits, although you always have a choice, and having time off and missing days here and there does not make you a bad writer or bad person.

There is a fine line between being lazy and pushing yourself too far and burning out.

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Matt Kennedy

Matt Kennedy

Marketing learnings, advice, gaming, productivity, and more, focused around helping you to grow. Father and Lover of video games, marketing, films and vinyl's.