I feel like there's a bias, process-wise, in the creative writing community toward people who "write every day" versus those who write in spurts, with prolific periods and fallow periods (I prefer not to think of it as being "blocked"). So when people ask me this question ("Do you write every day?") I have tended to feel a little defensive. The thing is, I don't always have anything worthwhile to say, and when I write on those days, it feels hollow and frustrating and the resulting work sucks—it's an exercise, not a real poem. There's a kind of law operating here: If I don't like writing it, no one is going to like reading it.
But lately I've been looking at this question another way. I usually assume, because I'm a poet, that people are asking "Do you write poetry every day?" And in fact that's probably what they mean. But from now on I'm going to say yes, because I do write every day. It's just not always a poem.
Let's say there's a scale of satisfaction I get from writing, and a poem (a good poem, a poem I'm moved to write as opposed to forcing myself to write) is a 10—meaning I achieve full-on "flow," lose my sense of time passing and awareness of the outside world and so on. This writer's high is as much the reason I'm a poet as the satisfaction of having the finished product of the poem.
So if this is the scale, writing a blog post is probably a 6 at worst, maybe even up to an 8. Writing a good email is around a 6 or 7 too, though just any email not so much. Writing something interesting for work is like a 4 or 5. Reviews are probably in the same range. (Note that a 1 would still be some satisfaction.) I also write with Kathy every day via email. Collaborating doesn't give me the same satisfaction as working on a solo poem because it's so much more diffuse (like time-stop photography) but when we get a good one going it can be a 6 or 7. Fuck even Twitter is a kind of writing and a tweet might be a 2.
My point is that even when I'm not writing poetry, my daily life is still very much about words, arrangement of words, semantics, mode and genre. I look at almost anything I write as an opportunity to write well. I'd probably get satisfaction out of a grocery list if it had a certain style to it, a symmetry ...
Also, I need those fallow periods to cultivate thoughts, ideas, feelings, experiences that can turn into poems. I have thoughts and feelings every day, duh, but it takes an accumulation/aggregation to form the complex emotional scape and actual ideas that go into a satisfying poem.
You know? Is this lame.
I realize it's different for fiction writers because if you never force yourself to write it'll take 35 years to finish your novel. As it is it could easily take me five to write another book ...