One thing that I’ve noticed, especially recently, is a need to keep writing, no matter what. If I’m having a bad day or if I just don’t feel like writing; that’s irrelevant. I can’t just stop because I don’t feel like doing it or if I don’t really feel “the spark”. I have got to keep going, keep putting one word in front of the other and not let myself get bogged down in little, inconsequential things like, “Oh, I’ve written about this topic a dozen times already” or “This really sucks”.
That doesn’t mean the shit I’m shoveling needs to go up on the blog necessarily. It can stay hidden in some dark trunk somewhere, never allowed to see the light of day.
But it does need to be written. Every time I write something, it’s putting my brain to work, thinking in the particular way that’s necessary for the writing process. And the more I do it, the easier it is.
Meanwhile, if I stumble and let a day go by for any reason (writer’s block, bad day, the cat exploded, whatever), then it becomes that much easier for me to just stay away from the computer when I just don’t feel up to it. And that’s truly inexcusable, especially for someone who wants to make this their living.
I haven’t always had the discipline to make writing my job and I still don’t really. But I’m getting more and more to the point where I think I could actually pull this off.
Now I just need to get published. And that’s the easy part.
You know, comparatively speaking.