Blogger: Wendy Lawton
Yesterday one of my clients posted a note on her Facebook page, sharing that she was sick– really feeling lousy– with a migraine on top of a cold. She sounded like she wished she could just go back to bed, but she ended saying, “I need to get some writing done so I’m up and pretending I’m better.”
Writers write through.
There are always excuses– illness, appointments, family issues, demanding jobs, money crunches, homeschooling, disappointments, dust, dishes, and laundry. Dilettantes [definition: a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge] write when the spirit moves them. Writers write through.
This week follows a couple of weeks filled with industry news that deeply concerns us– chief of which may be the Chapter 11 filing by the Family Christian Store chain, pushing a mountain of debt back onto publishers. The ripples are being felt throughout the industry. Writers are asking a number of questions: Will publishers keep acquiring new books? Will they be able to pay royalties? What kind of returns are writers going to be seeing?
Sounds like a good time to take stock and maybe slow down the writing while we see how things shake out, right? Of course not. Writers write through. The funny thing about real writers? They can’t not write.
What about disappointment with your own writing? Is it good enough? Is there too much competition? Is your platform big enough? Will the category or genre you are writing still work in the marketplace?
So I’m putting this to you. What valid excuses do you have to put off writing? Why are you writing through? What kinds of strategies do you employ for writing through? (Or, if you need to confess– why have you slowed down?)
A million excuses can keep us from writing, but real writers write through. Click to Tweet
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