Chuck Wendig has done it again over on his Terrible Minds blog, by writing another gut punching blog post that really resonated with me as a non-writing writer.
How to Motivate Yourself as a Writer has done something to me that nothing else in the last year has been able to do. It’s made me realize that this is all on me. I have no one to blame but myself for not writing, for not producing.
Writer’s block? I don’t believe in it. I believe that if you sit down at a computer and force yourself, you are capable of writing and you WILL. You just have to get your butt in the chair and keep it there.
Writing is fucking hard, sometimes. Writing is dentistry on monsters. Writing is trying to castrate a galloping horse with a slingshot. Writing is letting a bull loose in an orphanage.
And there comes a point when it’s like, you either love this, and it motivates you? Or you don’t, and it doesn’t. I can’t manufacture motivation. Neither can you. You can only stir the flames if there’s already a spark there. You can’t awaken a dead fire. – Chuck Wendig
My fire’s not dead. My fire’s more like smoldering coals at the bottom of a wood stove. The potential for great fire is there, I just have to add some kindling and breathe some life into it, and it will happen. The fire will grow.
So, I am going to do a little thing. From now on, from today forward, I am going to write for an hour a day.
Maybe I won’t actually WRITE for an hour a day. Maybe I’ll end up WRITING for three or four hours. But I’ll tell you what, my ass is going to be in this chair and there’s going to be a document in front of me for an hour a day and we are going to see what’s going to happen. I think I’ll make a page for a daily word count update to see what’s happening. Because something needs to happen and it needs to happen now, cause I am not getting any younger.
Are any of you writers out there? Do you have daily goals you set for yourself? How do you stay motivated to write, or do you, like Chuck and I, believe you just have to do it?