One of the keys to success as an author is the ability to get words on paper, even if it’s just a handful and even if you don’t want to, on a regular basis. The words can be drivel, gold, or somewhere in between, but the important part is to just write.
To a certain extent, I do agree. If you keep putting off what has to be done, time passes by and it gets easier to keep putting it off while the pressure to actually do it intensifies, therefore making you procrastinate more out of mind-numbing fear you’ll never get it done. (Think cleaning the bathroom or doing the laundry. Okay, maybe that’s just me.) It’s a vicious circle that is very hard to break out of.
On the other hand, if you leave it up to your muse to only write when you’re ‘feelin the word love’ you may never sit your butt down again. Being a free spirit and a writer is a tough gig. Make Love not War with Words may be your personal mantra, but it don’t make that word counter go up.
Where is the line? Is there a compromise between the anal-retentive task master and the free-willed love child? Can your name really be Steve Golden Moonbeam? Or Wispy Willow Smith?
Actually, it can be whatever you want it to be.
The magnificent thing about being a writer is that there are no right or wrong ways to do it. Your way may be cranking out 25,000 in a day, or 250 in a week. What really counts is that you’re pursuing your own writing goals. Do what it takes to make you feel successful, not what others tell you needs to be done in order to be a success.
Take time off, read a book (or ten), go for a walk, play with your kids, dogs, spouse. One of the beautiful things about writing is that no matter how long or short you’re away from it, it’s always right there, ready for you to pick up where you left off.
Remember, writing is a journey. Every day is its own adventure. And if you take the time to stop and smell the roses along the way, you’re not missing out on anything. Success rarely happens overnight, so in the meantime, enjoy the ride.
That’s what it’s about after all.