Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Becoming An Author Each Day

"We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day."

-Richard G. Scott

Yeah, I kinda suck at that. You know, the whole actually doing what we need to so we become what we want to EACH day.

Wow, that felt very irreverent to put the word 'suck' in the same post as a Richard G. Scott quote. But there's no other word that I can think of to describe just how horrible I am at doing something EACH day.

I know of published writers who consistently write each day (weekends, holidays, and birthdays included). And then there are others that write in large spurts after seasons of drouts. Obviously, it works both ways.

With me I've noticed that if I write every day I think about my book more throughout the day, and I'm excited to write again the next day. But if I don't write every day then writing becomes a chore.

Jeni, in my critique group, gave me the great idea of having a weekly word goal. So, on those crazy days when you only have time to maybe write a paragraph (and that's pushing it) you are still reaching for a goal that week.

My goal this week is 3500. I have 1482 already written.

What are your goals that you are working on (writing or not). And how do you work at attaining them?


  1. So I was hoping you had posted something here when I woke up this morning. There's something about writing down your thoughts that is so therapeutic don't you think? I'd like to write down my thoughts and I definitely want someone to read them but there's something frightening about really letting someone into your head. Writing seems to put things into perspective, making it easier to sort out what you really think.
    When I write how I really feel, then read my words I realize how dumb it sounds and change my perspective. (I hope no one but you reads this) LOL What are my goals? I just realized. I HAVE NO GOALS! hummm, could be my problem? I'll be thinking about that and get back to you.
    KEEP POSTING, I'm reading.

  2. Mom, you crack me up!

    It is very frightening to let people see who you are and what you think. Its all about trust. Not only trust in the people you share your writing with, but trust in your own thoughts.

    And take it from me - you have beautiful thoughts.