You want to write a book. It’s a commitment. Authors worry about this commitment. They wonder whether they “should” write every day. Or even if they can.
In the post, Write A Book, Grow Your Blog, I suggested that you blog while writing your book, and said:
“… blogging helps me to write. Over the years (16 to date), blogging’s been my default setting; it helps me to explore ideas, and think about readers. And that’s a good thing.”
Writing is a muscle: have fun building those muscles
I’ve been writing every day for many years. I couldn’t imagine a day without writing. It’s the first thing I do every day, and the last thing I do every night, and I don’t think about it. It’s just what I do.
Blogging helped me to write every day — it’s helped me to build my writing muscles.
I still procrastinate on projects however, especially short projects. 🙂
The Atlantic published an article on procrastination, and concluded:
“… procrastinators are more likely to complete a piece of work if they’re persuaded that it’s not actually work.”
Writing a book is HARD if you consider it work.
Why not have fun, instead?
I always emphasize the FUN part of writing for my students, because having fun is essential. You can’t be creative if you’re not having fun. If you try to force yourself to write, your creative self shuts down.
Now researchers have found that if you look on something as fun, you won’t procrastinate on doing it. And Albert Einstein said: “Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
Have fun: it’s vital
Try looking at writing a novel or nonfiction book as having fun. You’re not working, you’re playing.
One student was scandalized at this: writing a book is serious business, he believed. 😉
The problem with that mindset that is that if you look on writing a book as something that’s hard, and that you need to slave over, you may not complete your book. You’ll poison your creativity and will end up blocked, or burned out.
What can you do to make writing a book fun?
Instead of asking whether you should write every day, ask yourself these questions:
- What do I want to write?
- What would be fun to write?
- How can I make writing huge fun, so that I can’t wait to start writing?
Answer the questions. They’re vital. You must find a way of making writing fun. My way is blogging…
And then, once you know how to make writing fun for yourself, remember Heinlein’s business habits for writers:
- You must write.
- You must finish what you start.
You must write. Make it fun, and you won’t be able to stop yourself from writing. 🙂
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