Not All ‘Advice’ Is True
Far too many people will give you their opinion about what works, or tell you what worked for them. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for you, or even that it works at all. The reality is that a lot of advice you hear has been passed from one person to another and somehow it has become the ‘truth’.
- You must write every day to be a successful writer.
- It takes 21 days to form a habit.
Both of these are unfounded myths.
Really? Yep, ‘fraid so.
It can take more time or less time to form a habit depending on what the habit is, and how deeply you have embedded the old behaviour.
As for writing every day? Well, yes that works if you want to write every day, but you can still be successful at something even if you only do it 3-4 times a week. In fact, I know with my running, it’s actually damaging for me to do it every day. I need to rest, I need to re-energise, my body needs to recover.
It’s the same with writing. The space I make between writing sessions (or anything) fuels my creativity and helps me come up with more, and better, ideas.
It might be a bit more work to question what is blythely given as ‘the truth, to research what works, to question what you’re told to, but it’s worth it. Because it’s only true if it actually works.