You Don’t Have To Be A Best-Selling Author To Make Writing A Priority

by Jennifer Blanchard

Stephen King

Lemme ask you a question. And be honest.

Is writing a priority for you?

Do you make time for writing?

Is it important to you?

(I guess I really had three questions.)

Writing is one of those things–you’re either committed to it or you’re not. But if you’re not and you don’t know why, now’s as good a time as any to figure it out.

Why Isn’t Writing A Priority For You?

If you don’t make time for writing on an almost-daily basis, then most likely it’s not a priority for you. You can say it is ’til the cows come home.

But if you’re not taking action and sitting down to write, it’s not important to you, even if you think it is.

Maybe you think about writing all day long. Maybe you’ve taken every Continuing Ed writing class available at your local college. Maybe every great book about writing is sitting on your bookshelf, dog-eared and severely marked up with highlighter.

But if your thoughts and classes and book reading sessions aren’t turning into words on the page, then you’re not writing.

Right now, all you’re prioritizing is not writing.

You Don’t Have to Write A Best-Seller

Although you might want to. But you don’t have to.

And you don’t have to be a best-selling author to finally make writing a priority.

I hear it from writers all the time–“When I have a publishing deal, then I’ll sit down and write every day. That will motivate me to.”

The thing is, that’s not how it works.

Authors didn’t get to best-seller status by writing once every couple years. No, they got to best-seller status by writing as often as they possibly could. All of them sacrificed so they could spend time writing. They gave up things that were less important to them to make writing happen.

That’s how it works. That’s how you get to best-seller status.

And if that’s not what you’re aiming for, that’s OK. You don’t have to write a best-seller to be a writer. You can write whatever you want.

It starts with making writing a priority.

If Writing Is Important to You…

If after reading this post you want to make writing a priority in your life, here are some steps you can take:

  • Make Room for Writing–It’s been said over and over and will be repeated again, if writing is important to you, you need to make room for it. You may need to make sacrifices (like giving up the three hours of TV you watch every night). You may need to say no to events and people so you can sit down and write. All writers go through this at some point. If you want to write, you have to make time for it, period.
  • Write When You Say You Will–If you set in your calendar that you’re going to write for an hour on Wednesday at 1 p.m., then you damn well better do it. Sure, there will be times when “life happens” and you can’t write when you say you’re going to. But if you keep letting “life happen,” you’ll never get any writing done. Don’t make excuses. Write when you say you’re going to.
  • Take Action–Actions speak louder than words for a reason. It’s easy to say something, but doing it? That’s a whole other ball game. So take action and write as often as you can.

How do you make writing a priority in your life?

Today’s Challenge: Take action on something you’ve been talking about, but not doing. You’ll be glad that you did.

About the Author: Jennifer Blanchard is the founder of Procrastinating Writers, a blog that offers guidance for writers who struggle to get started. She is co-founder of the Better Writing Habits challenge.

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