Over and over again, at conventions, at workshops, at schools, at any gathering involving the topic of writing, I get asked the most basic of questions:
How do you overcome <insert obstacle of the day> and get writing done?
Notice, I don’t really care what your issue is because, honestly, it doesn’t matter. Yes, go get your pitchforks and torches. I say once again that it really doesn’t matter what you think or say because at the end of the day the absolutely only thing that matters is did words issue forth and are they trapped on or in a recoverable format. Thinking does not count. research does not count, the follicle count on a bigfoot just doesn’t matter. The only thing that matters is progress.
I know that sounded harsh, but let us look at it this way. You are stranded with nothing to drink, after a little while, nothing in your life is going to matter more than getting something to drink. The hows and whys and techniques fade away to the simple need to drink or die. This is the secret to productivity. It really doesn’t matter what you have to do to write, just write. I refer to it as Ant Mentality. Now matter how many trips it takes, the ant does it. Nothing else matters, just the single minded pursuit of the goal.
Be seated, dig in, and write. Write like you have two weeks to live and three weeks worth of story to tell. I know writing is not the most glamorous of pursuits. To be honest, it like slowing and painfully buying lottery tickets. However, you can’t win if you don’t play.
Sept 23rd at Two Rivers Bookstore (Memphis, TN)
From 4 pm to 6 pm
Featuring: Robert Krog, Wes Yahola, and Kristi Bradley
September 30th at Germantown Public Library (Germantown, TN)
From 2 pm to 4 pm
Featuring: Numerous writers at event