The thing you need, you give up.
As you sit down to write, you are choosing to “give up” in one form or another. Your writing is not going to be like any kind of art in your eyes. The writing you do is going to be different. You’re now going to have to work at something new.
That new thing isn’t just a better writing style, it’s the same thing any other form of labor demands. What do you need?
1. An idea.
2. Enough time.
3. Enough materials (paper, ink, pen) to produce the work.
4. Someone to help you out.
7. A support network.
8. A goal.
The work you are producing is the work you have done to develop these traits. It is the work you have done to find these things. It was done because you were willing to stop what you were doing to take care of yourself and become a better person.
So now you have to go put your work into order. You’ve got to get an idea. You’ve got to get what you need. You’ve got to put the rest of the items into order. But let’s say you get an idea and you decide you’ll take on a writing project–what do you do?
1. You go home.
2. You do nothing.
Let’s break down how to write for your first project.
1. I would say first of all, go home. Go have a good cry. Get to know who you are. Get out of your head for a while and get your bearings. Don’t worry –you’ll get out of your head too. If you’re in school or work, that’s fine: go read your book or your article or play or something that engages you. But whatever you do, if you have a job, you’re going to have to do at least two hours of work.
2. Now go to your computer or your word processor and open up your email client. Go into Google or Bing and start to search for “writing tutorials.” Then, go to Google and start to search for “writing tips”.
3. Go to your blog. Find some of them. Start to write a post. Ask a question. Write a long comment. But don’t stop yet. Find something else.
4. Go to your RSS feed and start scrolling down. Go to the first article on the page. Read it. Clicking on a link will give you a message saying, “You have already opened this link in another tab.” Do not read these message. Just take the time to read. This is a great learning opportunity. Make notes. Read other articles. Follow the people you respect.
5. Now go to the first page you saw in the first link and look at all the content there. Be open to new information and information from other sources. Read the other articles. Try to remember the basics.
6. Go to your blog and add stuff to it. Put what you’ve learned in the post that you wrote the day before. Add pictures. Comment on other articles.
7. Go to your Google Calendar and add a note to yourself. Look at your life. Get real with yourself. Think of what you want to create and what your goals are. This is your life you’ve lived a little. This is what you’ve done. You’re working at this.
Now imagine, a week from now, you’re still sitting at your computer. You’re still adding to the blog. You still have your work to do. You’ve added another topic to the Google Calendar. You’ve added things to your RSS feed. Now your thoughts are flowing again. You’re really living life, not just sitting there at your computer in a cubicle.
8. Do not be discouraged. Be motivated. Start the next step.
9. Be honest with yourself and your work. Be honest with your work and your intentions. Be honest with your work.
The thing you need, you give up.