I have been in sessions at writer's conferences where the entire session was all about trying to get the maximum word count every day no matter way. I've heard speakers say that that you MUST write every day to keep your craft up - whether it's nine words or nine thousand.
I both agree and disagree with these thoughts.
YES, I think it's good to write every day. I think it's a good practice to get into making yourself write even when you don't feel like it - sort of a "forced inspiration". It's good to know that you can write something well on a deadline even if all the stars aren't lining up as far as making the best situation for that to happen.
However, I also think that breaks are good and very needed sometimes. There will be days where you are in between deadlines or when life just gets busy or you're sick or someone you love needs you. And it's okay. It's OKAY to take that much needed break.
I worry sometimes that we as writers put far too much pressure on ourselves. We're in constant competition mode with every other writer out there. How many books have THEY sold? When did they get their first contract? How come they got another contract and we didn't? How in the world do they find time to write three million words a day, cook gourmet dinners, dress their kids in trendy clothes and homeschool all at the same time?
I'm calling to an end to the competition. God has gifted each of us differently. Perhaps your friend the mega-bestseller can do everything at once and still have time for Jesus and for herself. But maybe you can't. And that's okay. Cut where you need to cut and take breaks for short periods of time.
Where are you pressuring yourself too much?