I was reading an author’s blog on the ABC’s of writing. She started with Arrive.
Arrive – or show up. This is exactly what it takes to become a successful writer. If you don’t show up, put your butt in the chair and write every day you don’t stand a chance at success.
Showing up every day is not easy. Who has time to write when laundry is piling up, dishes need to be clean, the dog needs to be walked and anything else you can think of to distract you. Sometimes when I procrastinate even cleaning the refrigerator is more appealing than putting my butt in the chair.
If you have children they demand attention. You’re constantly running to baseball practice, dance recitals and doctor’s appointments. The beauty is the downtime it offers. While your little one is practicing jot down some ideas for a new query or outline the article idea. You might even be able to write the first paragraph.
Stealing fifteen minutes here and there can be just as rewarding as sitting at your desk for an hour.
The bottom line is we have to write, write, write. If only 100 words a day, you need to write something.
100 words will lead to 2, 3, 4 and soon 500 words. Before you know it you’ll have a fleshed out query, article, story or anything you want to publish.
So what are you waiting for? Write something now!