15 Habits of Great Writers
Day 8- BUILD
Great Writers know the difference between something and actually building it.
“Building” something creatively happens the same it does in the “real” world, with a lot of sweat and pain and grunting. It’s not easy; if it is, you’re doing something wrong.
So what does this look like when it comes to writing? It means showing up and doing the work, day in and day out. We need to be discipline.
Why do we need discipline?
- Because one discipline begets another. Take up the habit of working out and just see how it affects the way you approach the rest of life.
- Because sometime the muse does not clock in until you do. Show him(me) I mean business
- Because it is good for me. If you take writing seriously, you’ll do serious work.
The Challenge– To build something. To do something truly creative. To finish something. Anything . Just pick a project, an essay, a blog post, a book and finish it, today.
It should never take any longer than thirty minutes to finish something. If it does, than it is not broken up into enough chunks. This leads to stalling.
Find something and move it across the finish line. Then do the same thing tomorrow, and the next day.
If you’re still doing this in a month, you’re building something. Until then you are just managing tasks. Pick a few that are worth your time and keep with them.
Thirty minutes, I have a friend who would beg to differ. I just had this conversation with her today as we were driving to her new home. She had a few remains to finish. June 1, was her target date. Fifteen days to finish a few remains. She had some minor repairs,she painted, and dug through a trash bin to find trim for bathroom door. Bless her heart, she found the five pieces at the bottom of the just emptied trash bin. I was a part of this door reconstruction. Picture a bathroom door, with three framed trim squares down the middle. Two of the three squares were in need of repair, like” peek a boo I see you!” This was her first of countless remains to finish.
I do not use friend loosely. I have few because I made it that way. I am not a very good friend. You see friendship is not acquired it is made. Friendship is a process of movement. Friendship can only stay alive if it is intentional. I am selfish. Needless to say, I do not make new friends, but this is a friend of mine. So, knowing that she is going to tear out holes, replace with cardboard, and spackle away, I choose to help. Before you know it, we are DIY, Tool Time. Blood, sweat and no tears here baby, with the trim brand new door a week later.
I knew that I was going to be tortured by her perfectionist approach to everything she repairs or makes. I knew that it would be a long process, but I also knew that I was needed to be her unconditional kind, giving, appreciative, for the cause friend. It was long overdue, so thank you friend for keeping me in fashion and correcting my ever so sayings, ” Nip it in the Butt” and the few Faux Pas. And of course spelling!!
We have been having coffee in the morning for the past 15 years. ” It’s all about the coffee in the morning” It is never a long time, but a good time. I am still selfish and unreliable as a friend, and the few I have would agree, but I do appreciate the few friends I have. This post has nothing to do with the habit to build challenge as a writer. I had to go back and reread this post to figure out what I was thinking at the time. It came from the image “Written remains,” and 30 minutes to finish something statement, that triggered this off beaten path post about friendship.
Back to the challenge of day 8, Build. I have identified this challenge and habit of Build with my website. It is a daily task to keep it updated and make improvements to attract a following. I am still developing my website’s focus. I want my website to be a south county site of resources and information of local our local beach cities. I have a lot of information to enter in my local favorites page. So today I will enter each cities summer concert series venue. My website is my perfect example of this challenge. I created a platform. I am building it from the ground up. Stay tuned.