All that you need to do to be a writer is to write. It sounds simple but that does not mean that it is easy. There are days when I can go all day without writing one single word unless you count tweets. Writing requires a consistent commitment to words. If I am not writing then I am not pursuing my career as a writer.
Excuses are one of the best ways for me to get my writing off track. Something comes up that seems to be more important than writing. Then my muse gets distracted and I no longer feel like writing when I have the time to write so I chat, play games or watch T.V. instead.
No matter how much I want to be a writer I can never accomplish my desire if I do not put actions behind my passion. The actions (or inactions) of my pursuit will control my destination.
The other day I was challenged by the information in Trust Agents to set goals for my writing career. Setting the goals is a great first step but it is only the first step. I have to write to be a writer. That means overcoming the excuses, distractions and alternatives to focus on the words.
I am a writer. It is just that some days I am better at writing than other days. The difference usually boils down to my follow through. The days that I write I am a better writer than the days that I do not write. It is a simple concept but some days it is much easier to follow through than others.
How do you make writing an action word? What prompts or guides push you to write even when you do not feel like writing?