"On writing, my advice is the same to all. If you want to be a writer,write. Write and write and write. If you stop, start again. Save everything that you write. If you feel blocked, write through it until you feel your creative juices flowing again. Write. Writing is what makes a writer, nothing more and nothing less." — Anne Rice
"Just write a little bit every day. Even if it's only for half an hour —write, write, write." — Madeleine L'Engle
If you want to be a writer, it is important to make writing a daily habit. It should become as natural to you as breathing. Don’t worry about editing, just write. While every attempt may not be a best-selling book, it is important to keep plugging away. Strive for at least one complete page per day, even if it is just daily observations. For some, long-term goals can seem a bit daunting. Stay focused on short-term goals and you will keep your writing, and career, on track. Once you finish a short-term goal, aim for a new one. It is important to continue plugging away, even when the going gets tough and you want to quit. Look for friends or other writers to connect with who will encourage you on a regular basis.
Here are a few tips:
- Make a date with yourself…daily. If needed, write it in your planner or cell phone calendar. Start with a small amount of time at first and build on it throughout the year.
- Have a designated space for writing, whether it’s at your house or the local Starbucks.
- Disconnect during this time. No Facebook updates or tweets. This is your time to write.