Just Do It

Hey, Vivienne here.  Short and sweet post today, folks.  If you want to be a writer, there’s really just one thing you have to do: write.  All the rest of it has to do with publishing, which, let’s be honest, is a different animal.  If you have dreams of being a writer, nothing is stopping you but yourself.  How freeing is that?

What other dreams do people have where they have such control over their destiny?  If you dream of being a doctor, there are lots of people who might tell you, “Sorry, you can’t get into medical school.”  Or you can’t afford it.  What about being a CEO?  That’s a pretty hard gig to get.  President of the United States?  Well, since 1789 there’ve only been 44 of ‘em.  Ballerina, fire fighter, chocolatier, there are lots of reasons why you might not be able to realize those dreams.

But being a writer is all up to you.  Even being a successful writer is up to you, because of course, you define your own success.  For me, successful means earning money through this endeavor.  Yes, I have a specific dollar amount in mind, but that’s not the point.  And I have lots of milestones along the way (see Katy’s post this last Sunday for important information on that topic).  But, those things aside, I am a writer.

Because I write.

Today’s Secret: Put your butt in a chair and write.

3 thoughts on “Just Do It”

  1. So true, Viv! When I started writing novels six years ago, I thought, “I can do this. I can write a book. How hard can it be? There’s zillions of them out there.” It wasn’t until I sat my butt in the chair on a daily basis for nine months to produce said book, that I realized how much work (and fun) it really was. Being a positive affirmations kind of girl, I start every writing session with the mantra, “I am an excellent writer; I am a best selling author.” Then I would dive in and stick to it until I either ran out of writing time or I reached my five page a day goal. Wouldn’t you know that after six years of doing this, I am an excellent writer (certainly a heck of a lot better than when I started). The best selling author part remains to be seen, but I can’t get there without believing and then ‘just doing it’.
    Thanks for the kick!

  2. Excellent post, Viv. In the midst of all the business details we need to understand and implement if we want to actually profit financially from our work, it’s so easy to forget that everything really boils down to the act of writing. I’ll be touching on this in my post tomorrow!

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