Blog

Write Anyway
8/26/2014 5:17:00 PM by: Cindy Sproles

The computer screen glowed a soft white. I’d drawn a blank. This writing stuff was hard. Too hard.

It wasn’t writer’s block. It was just plain hard work – hard to press one more letter on the keyboard, and harder to weave together any more cognitive thoughts.

Writing is supposed to be fun. Not hard. But therein lies the misnomer. It is difficult, and I as thumbed through yet another book on plotting, I wanted to scrap the entire project.

This is why you hear agents and publishers refer to a manuscript from an author as “birthed.” Months and sometimes years of hard work, revision, and thought go into every penned line.

I recently read On Writing by Stephen King. Though I am not a big fan of stories that scare me, I am definitely interested in learning from a man who has sold so many books he can’t keep count anymore. There is wisdom in the success and longevity of King’s work.

When I read about King’s own writing difficulties, I’m encouraged. King placed a goal of 2000 words a day on himself. If he failed to stick to that he said, “the newness of the story wears off. The fun fades. The work starts to feel like work, and for most writers that is the smooch of death.”

There couldn’t be truer words. Writers hit snags. Life. Work. Family. So when writing becomes hard due to these issues, we shut down. . .quit. And that, my writing friends, is the difference in a writer and an author.

As an acquisitions editor, I sit across the appointment tables from hundreds of writers a year. It’s a joy to read good work and to actually find the diamond in the rough. Yet I am still dumbfounded when I request work and never receive it.

Why does this happen? Two things stand in our way.
1) Fear of failure
2) Laziness and lack of commitment

I understand fear. . .experienced it myself. I’d never say it’s an easy fix because it takes self-reflection, determination, and hard work to overcome the fear. However, laziness and lack of commitment burrow far deeper into our being simply because we can hide behind excuses.
“I’ve got so much on my plate right now.”

When I hear that sentence fall from the mouths of writers I know immediately they suffer from a lack of commitment. Writing is not a passion or even a true goal.

Believe me, I’ve heard the gamete of excuses.

“I’ve been so busy.”

“The baby was sick.”

“I needed to clean the garage.” And the all-time best excuse, “My cat had kittens.”
The truth is, their writing process grew difficult and rather than pushing through, they blame the cat. (Really?)

The craft of writing is difficult and like any craft, it requires work. When you hit a wall in your creative process remember the three D’s:

Dedication – Like any task one begins, dedication is a key factor. Set a goal to write daily. Begin small. You can’t expect to write at lightening fast speed, but you can write. Statistics prove when you perform a task daily for thirty days, it becomes a habit. Form the habit of writing every day. If you can’t think of something viable to write, just write your thoughts. Remember, the goal is to write. Develop a daily routine. The more you write, the easier pushing through the hard times becomes.

Determination – We all need determination. It’s the seed that sprouts and carries through when the process slows. Determination also cultivates a love for the craft. The more you love what you do, the more you want to do it.

Do-it Attitude – A do-it attitude prevents us from giving ourselves permission to quit. It’s that Nike commercial ad, “Just do it!” Think of your childhood swimming lessons. The assignment to pass the course is to swim the length of the pool. It’s huge and seems impossible to do. You glance at your mom and she gives you that you can do this look. There is no permission to quit so you jump in and start to swim. That’s when you hear mom’s voice shouting, “Go, go, go. You’re almost there. You can do this.” When your fingers touch the concrete side there is an overwhelming feeling of success. Writing is the same way – just do it. Permission to quit –

Anything worth doing is hard but when you develop the right attitude, set your goal, and jump in with the three D’s, you’ll reap the joy of success. Use your God-given attributes and talents. Practice. Hone your craft. Become the writer you are meant to be.

Share This Blog:


Mountain Breeze Writer


Previous Posts

Love Your Faculty
10/17/2018 3:00:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

The Immeasurable Power in You
10/14/2018 2:37:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Forging Ahead after Rejection
7/17/2018 8:12:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

cindysproles.com Privacy Policy
6/4/2018 8:00:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Closing Up Shop - Guiding Seniors to Letting Go
4/9/2018 10:56:00 AM  by: Cindy Sproles

Publishing Naysayers
3/16/2018 1:30:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

In Prayer - I Write
3/3/2018 9:00:00 AM  by: Cindy Sproles

Encouraged - Even When . . .
1/2/2018 12:00:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Christmas Tears
12/18/2017 12:00:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Holiday Elder Care - Be an Elder Elf
11/12/2017 7:00:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Grateful for a Dream I Didn't Know I Had
11/9/2017 6:30:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Writing in a Pickle
11/4/2017 7:00:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Keep Them Reading
11/1/2017 7:00:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Chicken Soup for the Soul - Writer Call Out
10/27/2017 10:05:00 AM  by: Cindy Sproles

Five Ways to Assure Your Work will Find the Slush Pile
10/24/2017 7:00:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

23rd Psalm Revisited
10/21/2017 7:00:00 AM  by: Cindy Sproles

Contentment in Writing
10/19/2017 9:30:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

5 Common Sense Tips to Better Writing
10/10/2017 7:00:00 AM  by: Cindy Sproles

Overshadowed
8/21/2017 10:05:00 AM  by: Cindy Sproles

Chicken Soup for the Soul Callout - Stories about Love
8/21/2017 7:54:00 AM  by: Cindy Sproles

Present Yourself Approved and Professional
8/14/2017 7:00:00 AM  by: Cindy Sproles

Five Keys to Overcoming Rejection
8/12/2017 7:00:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Writing Call Out - Chicken Soup for the Soul
8/10/2017 8:47:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Writing Your Mission Statement
8/8/2017 7:38:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

When Words of Encouragement Wane
6/28/2017 10:54:00 AM  by: Cindy Sproles

The Good, The Bad, and the Memoir
2/6/2017 10:59:00 AM  by: Cindy Sproles

Writing Truth with Love
1/13/2017 11:05:00 AM  by: Cindy Sproles

Oh To Be A Writer
1/4/2017 11:12:00 AM  by: Cindy Sproles

Why Write?
1/1/2017 11:16:00 AM  by: Cindy Sproles

Writing the Cliffhanger
12/28/2016 11:23:00 AM  by: Cindy Sproles

Scammed
6/21/2016 3:48:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

The Pain of Unsolicited
3/9/2016 3:51:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Frozen in Place – Icey Self-Talk to Freeze Your Writing
2/9/2016 3:58:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Not Alone: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for Those Confronted with Infertility and Miscarriage
11/21/2015 3:02:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Thankful Despite . . .
11/20/2015 3:04:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Stepping Up to Na-No-Wri-Mo
11/16/2015 3:08:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

The Gift of No Gifts
11/2/2015 3:11:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Writers Be Encouraged
10/15/2015 3:17:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Keep ‘Em Reading – It’s the Writer’s Responsibility
8/13/2015 3:26:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Saying Goodbye
7/17/2015 3:31:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Overcoming the Fear of Writing Failure
7/8/2015 3:38:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Making the Move – Home to Assisted Living
6/17/2015 3:41:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

I Kid You Not
6/6/2015 3:44:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Who Really Sells Your Books
5/24/2015 3:47:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Homonyms – Did You Sea/See Them Their/There?
3/10/2015 3:52:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Hearing the Call to Foster – Renee McCausey
1/13/2015 3:54:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Throw Out the Crutches
1/10/2015 5:02:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

So You Were Asked to Be A Beta Reader?
1/10/2015 3:59:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

REJECTIONS – Aaughhh!
1/5/2015 5:04:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

The Bachelor – Stephanie Reed
12/14/2014 5:06:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Those 15-Minute Appointments
12/3/2014 5:08:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

The Making of a Servant
11/30/2014 5:10:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Miracle in a Dry Season Review – Yvonne Lehman
8/27/2014 5:12:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Write Anyway
8/26/2014 5:17:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

World Blog Tour – Catching Up with Cindy Sproles
7/22/2014 5:19:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

The Progression of Life
7/17/2014 5:23:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Instrumental Writing Helps – Aaron Gansky
7/4/2014 5:27:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

The Question Saga
6/29/2014 5:28:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Defy the Night – REVIEW
4/28/2014 5:30:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

When the Work is Hard to Do
4/1/2014 5:31:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

My Heart Belongs to Him
2/14/2014 5:32:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Review of The Vicar’s Wife
2/2/2014 5:44:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

The In on Self Publishing – Part 2
12/29/2013 3:44:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

The In on Self Publishing – Part 1
12/26/2013 3:47:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Divorce My Words? Never!
10/25/2013 3:50:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

In a Pickle
10/1/2013 3:52:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Bigger and Better
9/27/2013 3:54:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Putting SOCIAL back in Media
8/10/2013 8:08:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

After the Conference Ends…
8/8/2013 8:13:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Here a Tweak, There a Tweak, Everywhere a Tweak, Tweak
8/2/2013 8:15:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

A Writing Circle of Life
7/30/2013 8:16:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Can You Hear Me Now?
7/23/2013 8:18:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Golden Years, Cherished Moments
3/20/2013 7:47:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Broken Heart Syndrome
9/26/2012 7:56:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

What About Our Elders
8/24/2012 7:57:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

A Minute – A Lifetime
8/10/2012 7:58:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles

Water, Water – Who’s Got the Water
7/31/2012 7:59:00 PM  by: Cindy Sproles