Monday, August 17, 2009

Just Write It

We all knew that Nike had it figured out with their slogan, but it wasn't a new idea. All through history people have said it different ways.

• Pick yourself up by your bootstraps
• Put your shoulder to the wheel
• Staple your bottom to the chair
• Get the lead out of your feet

And then we have the advice of those who have gone before:

"The greatest of me is diligence." —William Shakespeare
"Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are not performed by strength, but perseverance." —Samuel Johnson
"Diligence overcomes difficulties, sloth makes them." —Benjamin Franklin

Ouch! That last one pretty much says it all. And all of them were writers, by the way.

This week I enjoyed Kristi Holl's blog Making Change Stick. She mused about the boring job she used to have, but how she went to it daily and put in her eight hours anyway. Why spend eight hours a day doing something dull? She had to. That was where her paycheck came from. And there was always someone looking over her shoulder making sure she did what she was supposed to. Then she turned this idea to writing. Imagine if we approached writing in the same way. You know. As a JOB. What a thought. Her post is a wake-up call to the serious writer.

In the words of Larry the Cucumber, "It moved me, Bob."

Yes, the biggest problem I deal with as a writer is NOT WRITING. I can find a million things that need doing daily other than writing. But if writing is really a job to me, then I must treat it like a job. I will have to, as Nike said, just do it. So...

Hi ho, hi ho. It's off to write I go!

P.S. Here's the link to Kristi's post if you want to read it:

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