Write when the mood strikes.
Not only when the mood strikes: you might never get anything done. (Maybe you will; I don’t know you.) But if you feel the urge to write and you’re able, get to it. Something good may happen on the page.
My critique partner can’t actually read, but offers feedback based on how comfortable my words are.
Of course, it’s important to write even when you don’t feel like it. At least, it is for me. It’s helped me build good habits and finish long projects. Today, I got up and wrote while my coffee brewed even though I’d have preferred to sit slumped at the kitchen table, moaning.
(Not really a morning person.)
Anyway, I got writing done and it was perfectly fine and now I’m a couple pages closer to finishing this rough draft. Yay.
Still, there’s a special kind of joy in writing when you do feel like it. Like eating a favorite meal when you’re hungry, or scratching an itch, or waking up and realizing it’s your day off and you don’t have plans and you can re-burrow into your pillow.
Writing because I want to reminds me of the fun of it, the pleasure, the reason I began in the first place.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I’m going to need more coffee.