“Discipline allows magic. To be a writer is to be the very best of assassins. You do not sit down and write every day to force the Muse to show up. You get into the habit of writing every day so that when she shows up, you have the maximum chance of catching her, bashing her on the head, and squeezing every last drop out of that bitch.” –Lili St. Crow
Unless you have a fairy godmother sprinkling your beautiful writers’ brain with inspiration, you’re either one lucky s.o.b. or you might be tripping on shrooms. The “I’m waiting for inspiration to strike” bit is the precursor to writing sabbaticals, fantasies of getting work done, and the gradual reality of not writing at all.
Still want to be a writer?
Inspiration is a nice thought, but for those who haven’t the time and finances to lollygag and dream, writing as daily practice will be your lord and savior. Now of course, inspiration does happen, but not at the drop of a dime.
Daily practice helps to curb writers block as it becomes habitual in focusing your thinking and creativity. Also, writing is hard! It won’t always be a walk in the park and daily practice helps smooth out some of those I don’t have anything to write perplexities. Jotting down ideas in a notebook wherever you go is good. Keep doing it. But if we’re being honest, they’ll typically stay in that journal and nowhere else if your writing becomes infrequent. With life’s ever evolving miseries, it’s only natural that one’s writing may fall by the wayside. To keep myself disciplined and inspired, I give my self a few rules to abide by.
1. Set a time. Whether it’s two hours in the morning or evening, designating a time to work gives me focus.
2. Word count or page count. Whichever won’t send me hurdling myself off of a cliff is best.
3. Roll with it. Writing will be invigorating, infuriating, and downright exhausting, but worth it once you’ve produced work you can be proud of. Unless of course, this has never happened for you. Sorry bout that.
Keep at it! Don’t give up and all that good, positive stuff.