False. There’s no such thing.
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This excuse can come in a number of other ways too.
‘I don’t have time.’ ‘I’m busy tonight.’ ‘I’ll do it tomorrow.’ ‘I need to take a break.’
The thing with excuses is that they won’t make you a great writer. They won’t make you a great anything in fact. Well, except maybe a great failure.
Making excuses is a form of self-disrespect. You’re denying yourself such great opportunity through laziness and excuses. You’re stopping yourself from achieving success because you’re letting your emotions and tiredness levels interfere with your desire.
It’s not tiredness; it’s uninspiredness. Yep. That’s not a real word. But it damn well should be.
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You Have To Disconnect
The moment you let how you’re feeling dictate your productivity levels as a writer, you lose. Period.
You could come up with all sorts of false reasons as to why that’s a good thing to succumb to. You could say that it will help with the quality of your writing, because you’ll only write when you feel like it, and thus, that will show in the content. That’s not how it works, though.
The only way to improve as a writer, or as anything for that matter, is to do it again and again. You don’t get better at writing through only writing when you feel like it, you get better by putting in the work all the time – even when you don’t feel like it.
Not only does that teach you to work based on discipline rather than motivation, but it will also improve your writing ability much quicker than only writing when you’re inspired will.
The aim should be to write every single day.
That doesn’t mean you have to smash out three thousand words each day, it simply means get something done. Write a poem, a super short story, work on your novel, write an article – the list goes on. Heck, even writing plot outlines and character information charts counts.
Just make sure you flex those writing muscles each and every day – that’s the only way they’ll grow.
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Force A Start; Reap the Rewards
If you’re like the majority of other writers, the hardest thing will be to start.
If you’ve ever found yourself in one of those moods, unable to give yourself a kick to get going, you’ll know how this goes. If you just take a seat and force yourself to begin, your problems seem to disappear. Most of the time, it’s all about making a start.
Once those first few sentences flow, it snowballs from there, and before you know it, you wonder why you ever doubted yourself in the first place.
If simply making a start doesn’t quite do it for you, maybe you need to try something else. Try switching up your genre or starting a different project – keeping things fresh can never really go wrong. Then, once the words start to flow when you’re working on whatever you decide to go for, switch back to your main project and replicate it there.
There are so many different tricks you can use to rid of that unmotivated, losing attitude, but all of them involve less complaining and more doing. It’s as simple as that. Time spent complaining is time spent on unnecessary negativity.
There’s a lesson to be taken here.
If you have time to complain, you have time to write. Damn, it’s just that simple.
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Sit Down, Smile; Work
Let this be your turning point. Let this be the moment you bury those excuses and leave them buried for good. Life is much too short for them anyway.
It’s really as simple as it sounds. You just have to focus on what really matters. Is it more important to ‘relax’ with some junk food and binge-watch Netflix for four hours? Or is it more important to lead the life you wish to live irrespective of what your feelings and tiredness levels are telling you?
Yeah, thought so…
The power’s in your hands; the magic’s at your fingertips, and it’s up to you to combine the two to tell your story to the world.