Today’s subject is one I don’t like to discuss. Something I know I’m sorely lacking. Discipline. To be a writer, like anything worth pursuing, takes discipline and dedication to work toward your goals.
Yesterday, I made the notion that had I made more of an effort to write in high school, I think I would be more confident in my writing. I also noted that things like writing daily, having a schedule, and reading are essential in establishing good writing habits. I didn’t fully envelop into my routine while taking Creative Writing classes. I would write in journals when the assignment called for notebooks to be filled. Most of the time, I would make up things to fill up space, which was a disservice. One reason I “filled up space” was that I didn’t make the time to write. I wasn’t very observant of what was around me. I didn’t read when I wasn’t writing. All these things are important to the writing process. I admit I did not take things as seriously as I should have back then. I think that is why I drifted back and forth in pursuing writing full-time.
The good thing about discipline is that it’s not too late. A week ago, I participated in a Facebook chat about tips for developing good writing routine. We spoke about clearing clutter physically and mentally, creating “writing shifts”, setting time and word count goals. While these habits are good to establish, it takes discipline to push through when you don’t feel like writing. Discipline is the difference between writing as a hobby and writing as a career.
This past year, I made the decision to take this writing journey more seriously. Being disciplined is important. Otherwise, this will be nothing more than another sprint, then a period where I don’t write for a while, and then decide on writing again. It’s a vicious cycle that I want to break.