Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The "I Don't Have Time to Write" Whine

I don't care what you call it.

It's a whine.

If this is yours, it's time to rethink wanting to be a writer.

Too harsh?

Get over it.

See, a writer "writes."

Period.

I've said it before. I'll say it again.

A writer doesn't talk about writing. A writer doesn't think about writing. A writer doesn't sit at Starbucks with a large mocha and a laptop only to stare and frown at a blank document on the screen.

No.

A writer writes.

Now, let me clear something up here.

Yes, a writer will talk and think about the craft of writing.

But 90% of what a writer does is write.

"Write" is a verb.

Action.

Doing.

Writing.

If you've read this far into the post and you're still whining, go do something else. Lay brick. Fix cars. Become a rock star.

Because you don't want to be a writer.

But if you're serious about this and you want to stop whining and you're still reading, I salute you.

You're still in the game.

So...how do we kick that whine in the ass?

GIVING THE WHINE SOMETHING TO WHINE ABOUT
Here's what you do...

You write for 15 minutes.

You have 15 minutes, don't you?

If you say you don't you're a frickin' liar.

Everybody has 15 minutes. Waiting for your coffee to brew. Waiting for your bus or train. Sitting in a waiting room. Waiting for water to boil. Waiting for dinner to cook.

Hell, while you're on the toilet.

Write.

For 15 minutes, do nothing but write.

Get a kitchen timer or stopwatch. Find an app. Something that can count down 15 minutes for you and ring a bell or buzzer or alarm or go "Ping!" when time's up.

Then....

...you write.

"That's it?" I hear you say.

That's it.

Now go write.

You have 15 minutes.

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