On Friday, I wrote a post about being a committed writer. After reading the comments, I noticed that the biggest concern of those who felt the struggle to be a writer was too much and couldn’t commit was because of their lack of time or being too tired and overwhelmed with life.
I wrote that post for everyone. Even for the mother with three kids who has a full time job or the father who works forty plus hours a week, goes to the gym and helps with the children. I wrote it for the writer who wants to be published.
My mistake was in not clarifying how I meant one should be committed in order to succeed.
You don’t have to write five hours a day. You don’t have to join all the social networks and blog during your lunch hours; you don’t have to attend every writer’s conference that comes to your city.
What you do need to do is set ONE GOAL each week. The problem with I- want-to-be-a-writer-but-I-have-a-list-of-reasons-why-I-can’t-do-it writers is they choose the wrong goal size.
Start small. In the time it takes you to write a blog post, you could have a pretty good article written just as well. In the time you use to watch one hour of American Idol, you could have searched through a list of places to submit. In the time it takes you to call your best friend and update her on your latest hairdo disaster, you could have edited your work and pressed submit.
Then the next week—make GOAL TWO.
That’s what I mean by commitment.
Too hard? I don’t think so. Many many, many, writers before you have done it. And they have done it because they wanted to write and knew that was the only way to do it. One small step at a time.
Do you want to come to the end of your life and discover you never followed your dream?