Will power is defined as the "ability to carry
out ones decisions." Unfortunately, will power is not something youre born
with. Writers must develop and strengthen this ability if they are to achieve
their goals. Decide that you must write and then rearrange your life to
accommodate that decision. This will result in quality writing time, and quality
writing time will result in increased sales.
The key word here is "accommodate." Do you
actually schedule your writing time? Or is it a hit-or-miss event? Do you plan
to go TV-less one or two nights a week? When you do plop down in front of the
television, do you do so purposefully or mindlessly? Television viewing is one
of the most distracting time-wasters that writers must avoid. Exercise your will
power. Resolve to write instead.
If you do choose to watch a particular
television program, be conscious of the fact that youve chosen not to write.
Dont blame your kids, your job, or your significant other later on when youre
frustrated about your lack of writing time and productivity You alone are
responsible for choosing to write or choosing not to writing. And its certainly
unfair to blame anything or anybody for your own subconscious choice to avoid
Setting monthly and weekly goals and determining
to meet those goals are good ways to strengthen your writing will power. Put
those goals down on paper and use a calendar, notebook or journal to chart your
progress. Invest in an appointment book and schedule regular appointments for
researching, writing, and revisingjust as you would schedule a doctor or
dentist appointment. Your great expectations will be easier to achieve when you
can see in writing exactly what they are.
Maintain a positive attitude. If you feel guilty
about taking time to write, maybe you shouldnt write at all. Dont confuse the
positive "I will" with the more negative "I must." Any half-hearted effort will
Be realistic. Its going to take time to break
bad habitslike making excuses not to write or whining about not having time to
write. Your "I will" muscles cant go from flabby to toned overnight. Just like
any other form of exercise, you need to start off slowly and sensibly. You need
to be consistent in your efforts. But each time you meet a goal, you will feel
empowered. You will have succeeded! And you can succeed again and yet again. As
you continually exercise of your "I will" muscles, youll begin to feel stronger
and more confident. Youll become more focused and more determined. Youll
become a "buff" writer! And the first step is saying, "I will!"
© Copyright 2000, Shirley Raye Redmond
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