Well, I’ve read and heard that ‘writers should write every day’ so many times I figured I needed to start.
After a lot of deliberation about the truth or otherwise of the statement I took the stumbling word out and began.
“Should” is one of those words fraught with loaded meaning. Take, for example, the notion that I should ring my mother every week. It takes on the level of duty with ‘should’prefacing the action. If I rang her because I love her then ‘should’ has no need to be present. I’d simply ring her and that would be that.
“Should” is a word that is visited from pulpits. One should go to church every Sunday or else. Or else what? God will strike you (or me) down dead! Well, yes! He (or she) will do just that because one should be a good person and demonstrate it by going to church. It’s not hard to find the flaws in practically every sentence, let alone the whole notion of such a ‘should’.
I think that “should” should be replaced! Ha ha! I wrote that on purpose! Well, “should” needs to be deleted from prefacing actions. If I don’t feel like doing something I won’t. And that includes going to church, ringing my mother, being a nice person and – well, almost anything that another presupposes the right to preface with ‘that word’.
That leaves a lot of scope for growth. If that word were left our of the English vocab, one could have a much greater freedom to ‘be’.
So I choose to write every day. There is no ‘should’ about it. I simply choose to write – or not write – every day. Simple as that.
More later on what that might mean. (Well, here’s a few spoilers. Let’s start with productivity, and follow that with realistic goals and finish with … and open mind.)