Persevering in Writing


If you’re on social media a lot, and if you follow writer pages, you’re sure to stumble across something related to the following checklist:

I found that on Instagram the other day, though its original source was Twitter. And I share it because things like this always get me thinking.

I want to be a writer. (I know I probably announce that too much, but it’s been my dream since I was ten.) However, I often worry that that is all I’ll ever be able to say. “I want to be a writer.” Because the fact of the matter is that writers write.

I have an insanely long list of ideas, but I never get around to writing them. They’re outlined to various levels of detail, but only two of too many have a completed draft, and editing is harder to do than the original writing.

Perhaps the difficulty is that I work full-time, I have a family I want to spend time with, and I’m in grad school reading hundreds of pages a week (and writing research papers for the program) so it saps the drive for writing anything else in my spare time. (I was greatly tempted this week to take a week off of blogging, but I’m glad I decided to power through.) I wonder if maybe I’ll have more motivation to write when my schooling is done, but even then, our family might be bigger, and I’ll have to work a more demanding job to pay the bills, so I don’t know.

The more I think about it, now is the time to write. Even if it’s only a paragraph a day, it’s better than nothing. And, who knows? Somedays, just putting in the discipline to write a paragraph might morph into more than a paragraph.

I’m hoping to be able to take advantage of NaNoWriMo this year if only to do some networking with fellow writers in my area, but who knows, maybe by a miracle of personal discipline, I’ll be able to win.

You do what you set your mind to. I’m setting my mind to writing a small amount of fiction every day for the rest of the year.

What will you do?

In this with you.

Soli Deo Gloria

Thanks for reading.

2 thoughts on “Persevering in Writing

  1. Taking small steps is definitely a legit method to writing. I finished quite a few manuscripts on a diet of 250 words a day. And like my old mentor used to say, “If you can’t even find the time to write 250 words a day, you have a bigger problem than not writing.” Anyway, thanks for this post!

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