As I have stated many times in the past, I think it is vital to a writer’s life that she or he write every day.
Just as doing a cardio workout or a strength-building regimen on a daily basis would keep a person physically healthy, writing every day keeps a writer’s skills toned and in shape.
Writing for a few minutes every day also helps the writer gain insight. That insight can be on anything from the writer’s personal life to the broader world where solutions to social and political problems may find their way into a finished essay.
Sometimes the insight comes slowly. Fragments of thought become words, words develop into plots, characters come to life and stories are born..
Sometimes just putting the first word on the paper will flip a switch and light will suddenly illuminate the imagination.
That being said, once again I give my admonition to write on a regular basis and write often.