Is it just me, or has time truly sped up? As I age, it seems all those little procrastinations that make up my writing life (indeed all my life) have added up so quickly that I can never catch up with them. I know the answer to this was clearly stated in the old Nike commercial, “Just do it.” That is such a great attitude especially if you are a writer. Anyone who wants to get their work published must take all the steps to get there. There is no shortcut. We must put our butts in the chair and write. We must revise, rewrite and revise again. We must edit. If we are smart, we let someone else read our work and comment. Then we revise it again. All this waiting for some magical moment when we feel right, when the stars align just so, when we have time, always ends up with us wishing we had started much earlier. We should remove that middle part, you know, all that doing nothing when we should be doing something? Our writing career will
Whether it is our daily writing, editing, presentations to a writer’s group and critiques that follow, studying the writing craft, all of these activities seem prone to be set aside in favor of something more immediately gratifying, but realize there is a real price to pay. As the old cliché says
The point is – use your time doing what you love. If your passion is writing, then write and immerse yourself in all the other stuff that goes along with it. Plan your day and follow the plan. Cutting corners in writing is not a time saver. At some point, probably during the
There is nothing quite so enriching as seeing your work presented in a publication that you did not originate. Do you profess to be a writer? Then get on with it!