I lecture and give workshops on writing fairly often, and the difference between those who want to write and those who write, is fairly simple. Those who want to write aren’t writing, they’re talking about writing or making excuses about why they can’t write. Those who write, the producers of work are just doing it—like the old Nike commercials said.
The biggest roadblock to writing that I see is the “someday” factor, as I like to call it. Some day—when the kids are grown; when the house is paid off; when I retire—replaces the interest in doing something today. That’s what excuses are about—finding reasons not to perform now.
The people who don’t write (or paint, sculpt, water ski, etc.) spend their writing time doing other things. Part of that time is spent in complaining. So, here are a few ideas on how to get started in your writing career and stop waiting for someday:
• Get up an hour or two earlier.
• Go to bed an hour or two later.
• Eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at lunch while writing.
• Watch less television.
• Get a babysitter – you do it when you go to a movie.
• Call for take-out to cut time in the kitchen.
• Let the grass go another week, the dust in the house, too.
• Organize so that you go to the grocery store once a week.
• Stop talking around the water cooler and sit down and write.
• Pretend you’re taking a night class for something you love, and spend that several hours twice a week writing.
Ultimately, what I want from a writer is a commitment. That’s what publishers want, too. You commit to a lot of things in your life, your job, your family, your time with your pet. If you really want to write, commit to it. Find the time. You’ll be glad you did.
Terry Persun writes in many genres, including historical fiction, mainstream, literary, and science fiction/fantasy. He is a Pushcart nominee. His latest poetry collection is “And Now This”. His novels, “Wolf’s Rite” and “Cathedral of Dreams” were ForeWord magazine Book of the Year finalists in the science fiction category, and his novel “Sweet Song” won a Silver IPPY Award. His latest science fiction space opera is, “Hear No Evil”, his latest fantasy is “Doublesight”, his latest mainstream/literary novel is “Ten Months in Wonderland”.