Harnessing the Writing Fairy: Self-discipline in Writing (Quote of the Day)
Sometimes I go through dry spells. We all do--no matter what our art or profession. I'm currently stuck on chapter 18, which I began probably three weeks ago. That sounds pathetic, I know. We've been so busy in my house, and on top of that, three sicknesses hit our family—pretty much in the same week. It's been a hard time for writing, to say the least. I haven't felt like doing it. But I know if I wait until I really feel like writing... Well, I wouldn't say it would never happen, but the moments would certainly be few and far between.
Like anything worthwhile, writing takes discipline. We can't just wait until we're possessed by some magical writing fairy that speaks through our fingers or sings through our pen. We have to take the initiative ourselves, sit down at our desks, and write. If at all possible, schedule a time of day to write something. Even if it's not a chapter in a novel, write something. Even if it's not what you need to write, write something—a poem, a song, a paragraph, a response to a writing prompt. Write something. This day, this hour, this minute. Just write.
Today's Prompt: Write a story from the perspective of someone who is employed in the job you would least like to have. This character, however, loves what he/she does.