Laziness is the enemy of every aspiring writer.
Take me, for example: I almost didn’t write today’s entry; I’m too busy, I’ve done so much today, I’m so exhausted, it’s four in the bloody morning.
Excuses, excuses. Don’t listen to those.
Pick up the pen. Press the keys on your keyboard.
Consistency is much more important than inspiration; not a popular opinion, but a true one nonetheless. Inspiration strikes, but it does so rarely – and as beautiful as those moments are, they are short, ephemeral.
No, give me consistency. Consistency I can count on.
With consistency, I learn something new every day.
But let us not forget that consistency has another meaning, as well. Just an important one–if not more so!
Consistency in writing makes–or breaks–your readers’ immersion, the barriers between your story, the meaning you put into it, and the reader’s perception and acceptance to it. Look at any book that changes tone every several chapters, and you will discover a mess that’s unpleasant to read and difficult to comprehend. If you can’t write consistently, edit to that effect; but under no circumstance should you leave your work inconsistent.
Be consistent in your writing habits, dear children, and be consistent in your writing, also!