Consistency in Writing

Okay, I’m sure more than a few of you have had a few days or weeks where you have’t written anything because you were either lazy, had writer’s block, or simply didn’t feel like it. I’m also sure that a select few of you were tired from too much writing and just had to take a break.

If the last one is you, never mind this segment. You’re good.

The other three though, we need to talk.

So, you haven’t been writing. Why?

Seriously, why?

Have you something better to do, do you have “too much on your plate”? Family obligations, bills, friends, projects at work, etc.

If that’s the case, then you need to take a look at your life because it’s probably a mess at this point. I’m not a motivational speaker or a self improvement teacher but I don’t need to be to make this point.

In life, it is “the trivial many versus the vital few” (a phrase I heard in an interview that has a profundity to it). What matters versus what doesn’t, and in this world of technology and ease, there is A LOT that doesn’t matter but often seems to.

It’s because of these trivialities that we all get distracted and can’t focus on our true goals, taking up projects, doing extra work for our bosses or favors for our family members, taking extra classes for extra credit, going out with friends we don’t really want to go with. All of this stuff takes away time from what really matters (in this case reading and writing)

So, obviously the first step to develop consistency in anything is to get rid of all the unnecessary fat in your life (friends, family, classes, projects, etc). Anything that has nothing to do with reading, writing, or anything else that truly matters to you needs to go.

No exceptions.

Yeah, sure, all the things you have seem necessary and even feel necessary but when you look at it. REALLY look at it, you’ll find that it isn’t and never was, so get rid of it.

The second step is really simple, set a pace and stick to it. If you feel comfortable writing five pages a day then that’s all you write. Nothing more, nothing less.

The third step is to let nothing get in the way of this, and you do that by getting up early and knocking it out first thing every single day. No exceptions. If you get the things that matter done early, you feel like you’re making progress and you’re automatically off to a good start in your day. No matter how it goes, you’ve done the things that matter.

Now, getting rid of things in your life is a separate segment and something I’m not going to go into too much detail about (I might need to do some research for it) but i’ll get to it in the future to help out fellow writers.

For now though, that’s my spiel on this subject.

Till next week. . .

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2 thoughts on “Consistency in Writing

  1. I would argue that friends and family are just as important, if not more important, than writing. But that’s a personal value. I agree completely that it’s a good idea for one to analyze the time spent during one’s day or week and conjure up ways to cut away the unnecessary. That’s probably the most important step in time management, aside from taking the necessary actions to see it through. As for me, I’m fortunate in that I’ve landed a night job which allows me plenty of time to write. So, I have no excuse! Thanks for the article, Josiah. Happy writing to you.

    PS – For aspiring writers, I highly recommend, Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, and How to Write Pulp Fiction by James Scott Bell.

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    1. Good to hear from you Tylor! I see your point on friends and family. Also, thanks for the recommendations! I’ll be sure to read some of them and Stephen King’s book is gold, for I have read it three times!

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