Have a Nike® moment. Write.

February 6, 2017
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Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out all the wrong words. Mark Twain

I hate writing. I love having written. Dorothy Parker

Just do it. Nike®

Writing comes with built-in demotivators. People who don’t write generally don’t see it as work. Writing is likely one more thing you have to squeeze into an already busy life. Self-doubt is a constant companion. You can spend all your scheduled writing time on a single sentence or paragraph.

Writing is hard. You love it, but it’s hard. And it probably won’t get any easier. What to do? Write anyway.

Having trouble focusing on your current project? Leave it for a while and write something else. Write a limerick or a jingle or a letter to the editor. Write.

Set aside time to write. It can be as little as 10 minutes a day. Schedule the time and write.

Silence distractions. Put your cell phone on vibrate, turn off the radio, close the door, and write. Set aside whatever amount of time you’ve decided on, make it your time, and write.

Don’t know where to begin? Write what comes to mind about the project. Write two sentences or seven or 13. Blue-sky it. Don’t judge. Write.

Hit a block in your project? Move to another part of it. If you’re having trouble with the beginning, work on the middle or the end. Keep writing.

Accept the reality of the %$#(*^ first (and second and third and fourth) draft. Write. Don’t edit. Write.

Share your goals, struggles, victories with someone you trust. Finally got that troublesome paragraph just right? Call your friend and celebrate. Dance. Give yourself a high five. Enjoy the moment. Then get back to work. Write.

You’re the only person who can write what you want to write. Writing is a solitary, extremely personal pursuit. Take responsibility, plan, and commit. Write.

Have a Nike® moment. Just do it ®

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