Don’t be a wannabe

I’ve been trying to balance things a little in my life. Getting more sleep. Being online less time each day. Making exercise a priority. All of this is good. But it also means that some of the time (late at night) during which I was blogging (online) has gone away.

I get inspiration from blogging, so now that I haven’t been blogging as much, I feel like some of my writing momentum has also gone away. This is easy enough to fix. I have a train ride and I have the luxury of a lunch hour. These are the times in which I can be focused on writing and in which I can be productive.

Because at the end of the day, I don’t want to be a wannabe. As I searched for inspiration this evening, I found this bit of advice from Bob Mayer posted on Writer’s Digest:

Many people say, “I’ve always wanted to write a novel/how-to book/nonfiction narrative/a magazine article.” They’re called wannabes. Don’t be a wannabe.

The solution:
Start anywhere. While the opening line, page, and chapter of a book is critical, remember you can always change the opening upon rewriting. So after doing the correct preparations (covered further on), pick the best possible start point at the moment and just begin writing. The right time is now. This minute. The right time can be while sitting in the airport waiting for your flight, which is where I’m writing this.

If you study successful writers, you will find that many began writing at what appeared to be inopportune times—not when all the stars were lined up and things were perfect. Often they began writing when the timing seemed the absolute worst. This might actually be the best time to write. If you wait for the perfect time, it will never come.

So true. The perfect time will never come, so take the time (pretty, perfect, or not) that is there and write with it.

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3 Responses to Don’t be a wannabe

  1. Good for you! Balance is essential (albeit elusive). I’ve noticed a shift in motivation, too. Especially that the more time I spend online and reading magazines, the less motivated I feel to write. Thanks for sharing his quote, Liz.

  2. Sara Backer says:

    It’s tough to do everything that needs to be done daily–sleep, exercise, writing, etc.–in addition to one’s day job. It would be nice to have things that could be done heroically in one weekend and not need doing for a year after that!

  3. Jan Udlock says:

    Yeah for you trying to find a balance. Perfectionism is so destructive. I never thought about what wtj said about being on online too long creates less motivation. I keep thinking about one of your paraphrases “you can’t edit white paper.” Thanks, Liz.

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