Learned from Seth Godin. I get his column daily. Several times he’s touched on this idea – ‘having something written in reserve’.
Two years ago I had concerns I’d be unable to walk/write/publish in my normal routine over several days – so I plotted ahead, wrote a couple of extra columns. Just in case. Turned out my travel and electronic issues posed no trouble, but by then I’d begun this process of ‘putting things in the basket’ as it were.
Helps heaps, especially on days when what I just wrote needs more polishing. For many years, writing a column every day, I had no need for two, or for three.
I learned: publishing with haste, what I’ve written AND polished, makes my columns better; second, having several things ‘in the basket’ for review and polishing produces better writing, better reflection. Some days I’ll write one piece. Some days I’ll write three. I usually have at least five and sometimes 10-12 in reserve. Sometimes they get launched into the world sequentially, often not. Some never see the light of day, while others become part of something else altogether.
Seth said he tries to write every day, and when he doesn’t have time, he takes something from the basket. I haven’t gone that route, though I am grateful for his inspiration. I write Musings every day. I publish Musings every day. Most days I write more. Now I keep two baskets, one for Musings and one for other things.
Writing today – somewhere else.
What I write today I’ll likely publish tomorrow or someday soon.