I know we hear this all the time but it is true. Lance spoke about how it took him awhile to figure out that he HAD TO WRITE EVERY DAY. That it made such a huge difference in his writing, in his thoughts, in his process.
I think I resist this at times. Does it really have to be every day?
And maybe no. Maybe sometimes no. There are times in life that perhaps writing takes a backseat and that’s okay.
But if we want to be productive, if we want to push ourselves and evolve and be inspired and COMPLETE things, we have to be dedicated.
This is the other secret that real artists know and wannabe writers don’t. When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us. The Muse takes note of our dedication. She approves. We have earned favor in her sight. When we sit down and work, we become like a magnetized rod that attracts iron filings. Ideas come. Insights accrete.
― Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
We have to be working for “the muse” or “inspiration” to light on us. If we aren’t writing, we won’t be pushed, we won’t progress, we won’t be enlightened. If we don’t take the time to wade through the hard stuff, the good stuff won’t come. We have to write even if we don’t feel like it.
The desire to write grows with writing. ~Desiderius Erasmus
Don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work ~Pearl S. Buck
And more than anything, allowing yourself to prioritize something that fills you, something that brings you joy, something that will allow inspiration and creation to be a daily part of your life, should be a top priority.
So write daily, tip #2 marathoners!