Following my own advice

I didn’t keep my promise — but I have a good excuse.

Yes, I know I said I’d get up early and write, but that didn’t happen. I did get up early, but it was to get a  head start on breakfast (and on Thursday, dinner) before the three teenagers and three dogs were up and going. And visiting with my son and daughter-in-law. and all the other good things that go along with a family visit.

I guess it was  too optimistic  to think I could carve out writing time amid the ongoing activities.

I intend to get back to it, though, and now I’m being realistic. If I don’t adhere to my schedule, I will have no reason to call myself a writer. Writers make goals and stay on course. That’s how they finish their books. It’s called being professional.

For ten years I worked as a reporter and editor of a weekly newspaper. I do know how important it is to meet deadlines, whether externally or internally applied.

Of course, the newspaper was a job, with a paycheck every two weeks.

The trick to being a successful writer, and I give this advice freely, is to treat it like a job. Show up every day. Carry out your assigned tasks.

The paycheck is optional. But the chances of getting one increases with the amount of professionalism you bring to the job.

And now I have to follow my own advice.

Back to the drawing board — er, computer — and my Work in Progress.




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