I recently read a book recommended to me by a friend called God Never Blinks by Regina Brett. I've been struggling with my writing lately and this really struck a chord. This not only applies to writing, but anything that we want to do that for one reason or other we don't - either we never get to it, never have time, or simply just put it off...
How not to write?
·Let technology scare you. Postpone writing until you learn how to electronically number all the pages.
·Get your doctorate in creative writing.
·Find the right writer’s group.
·Wait until you get over your fear of rejection or fear of success.
·Tell yourself the odds of getting published are against you.
·Worry about how you’ll pay the bills
·Compare yourself to everyone else.
·Complain that it’s too hot, too cold, too muggy, or to nice to be able to write.
·Try hard to add significantly to the world of great literature.
·Analyze every idea before you write the first sentence.
·Strive for perfection.
·Declare yourself the next Shakespeare.
·Try to write like everyone except yourself.
·Use only big words to impress people.
How not to write?
·Sign up for a writers’ conference instead of actually writing.
·Constantly tell yourself you have nothing to say.
·Consult your horoscope.
·Make a list of all the people who think you won’t cut t as a writer.
·File your nails.
·Water the plants.
·Clean the basement.
·Open an office.
·Build a hermitage n the backyard or an entire wing on the house to write in.
·Look for affirmation from everyone around you.
·Ignore your own sorrows, passions and music.
·Whine about how nobody understands you.
·Demand an advance first.
·Talk to telemarketers.
·Play solitaire on the computer.
·Make a to-do list with writing as the top priority.
·Complain about the English teacher you had who scarred you.
·The professor who ignored you.
·The brother who stole your diary.
·The sister who read your journals.
·Waste time envying other writers who have it so easy.
·Edit as you go.
·Check the rules of grammar and punctuation before you finish every paragraph.
·Talk about your ideas so much that even you lose interest.
How not to write?
·Wait until you have children.
·Wait until your children stop teething, finish soccer and go off to college.
·Wait until you have two hours of uninterrupted time to write.
·Wait until you quit smoking, quit drinking, or find the right drink and are stone drunk.
·Wait until your siblings move and your parents die.
·Wait until you meet the love of your life.
·Wait until the divorce is final.
·Wait until you go on vacation.
·Wait until vacation is over. Wait until you retire.
·Wait until you find your music.
·Wait until you feel inspired.
·Wait until a doctor says you’ve got six months to live.
·Then die with your words still inside of you.
Ok, what's your excuse for not following your dreams and passions?
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