Just keep writing … just keep writing …
Envision that title in Dory’s voice, you know, the endearing slash annoying blue fish from Finding Nemo and you’ve got it. That’s what I’m focusing on right now and that’s the mantra in my head.
When you’re a writer, you have to write. Whether it’s a blog entry, a new chapter in your work in progress, a social media post … point is you’re writing. And that’s good. That’s what you have to strive for, and just a little each day is all it takes.
Sometimes I don’t feel like writing at all, but I force myself. It’s a little bit like working out. Who wants to get up at 5am to go run on a treadmill (or in my case, pretend to run, when it’s really some kind of walk/jog/run/limp combo)? But I do it anyway. And you know what? It makes me feel better — like I’ve achieved something. In the same way, writing 2000 words is a huge accomplishment. Heck, on a bad day, writing 200 words can make me feel good.
Anyway, the point of this blog post is going to be part motivational/part whip-cracker. Just keep writing. No matter what. Don’t worry if it’s complete crap because you can edit all that later. I’m a big fan of Anne Lamott’s crappy first drafts, and she knows her stuff. Crappy first drafts rule even if they shouldn’t see the light of day, because YOU wrote it.
So that’s it. That’s my soapbox for today. JUST. KEEP. WRITING.
And now for your entertainment …