If you want to be a writer, all the books and all the instructors tell you that you should write “every day.” Inevitably, there’s always the person who asks, “So does that mean I have to write on my birthday, and on holidays, and even on vacation?”
There’s not a right or wrong answer to that question. I personally think that to write every day literally means write every single day, unless there is an extremely good reason why you can’t: sickness, death in the family, tragedy, emergency… Even if the computer breaks down, you can still write the old-fashioned way, and if you run out of paper and notebooks, you can write on the computer or on the backs of old receipts. Where there is a will, there is a way.
In Stephen King’s On Writing (which I’ve probably recommended a million times), he says that he writes on his birthday and on holidays. The exact quote: “The truth is that when I’m writing, I write every day, workaholic dweeb or not. That includes Christmas, Fourth of July, and my birthday (at my age you try to ignore your goddam birthday anyway).”
So there’s a professional writer’s take on it. I like to take after Stephen King and write on birthdays, holidays, etc. The only time I don’t write is 1) when I’m sick, 2) when I’m so tired I can’t stand to stare at the computer screen for another second (but I usually make up my word count the next day), and 3) if I’m out of town (that happens maybe once every 5 years).
That means I will be writing on Christmas. And New Year’s. And Easter. And my birthday. I don’t consider it to be an annoyance or an irritation. It’s not like I sit there and think to myself, “Oh, man. Tomorrow’s Christmas and I have to write? Urgh.” It’s a source of enjoyment, not a chore (well, except for the days when writer’s block hits). 🙂
Do you write on holidays?