Having a bad writing day? We all have them. You want to write, you have to write, but you just don’t feel like it. And if you don’t feel like writing, what do you about it? I have bad writing days all the time. To overcome them I use a simple mental reframing exercise which I’ll share with you here. First, remember that if you call yourself a writer, then you need to consider writing as your business. Even if you’re not making money at it yet, you will, so long as you keep writing. Do you think anyone who runs a business makes their feelings a precondition of providing their service? Think about it. Can you imagine a baker saying to a customer:
“The easiest thing in the world to do is not write”. - Willam Goldman

That’s true.

But it’s also true for a chef to say: “The easiest thing in the world to do is not make soup”.

Or for a ballerina to say: “The easiest thing in the world to do is not dance”.

Work is work.

So, as the owner of your business, ask yourself this:

Is it a smart strategy to allow my feelings to dictate whether I’m going to work today?

I’m sure the answer is no.

But if the business paradigm isn’t working for you, let’s look at it from a purely artistic perspective.

The best way to fight your bad writing day is to write anyway.


As a longtime screenwriter I can absolutely promise that if you start typing, and keep typing, the muses will visit you.

The muses like it when you try. Especially on your “bad writing days”.

Jeff Tweedy, a songwriter I admire, said this about his writing process:

"Creativity tends to come around when you’ve got your tools out.” - Jeff Tweedy

So pick up your trusty pen, or fire up your favorite writing software and get to work.

Because there are no “bad writing days” or “good writing days”.

There are only days.

So make the best of today, because it’s the only day you ever really have.

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