More Advice


Yesterday’s post on this blog/site was devoted to some free advice for new authors. There’s another thing I neglected to cover in that post that I’ll take time for today. I say this to so many people, and it’s such common sense, that it didn’t even occur to me to include it yesterday’s advice post. If you want to be a writer, you need to make yourself sit, and do the work.

Honestly, I lost track long ago of how many people tell me something along the lines of, “I want to be a writer. I just can’t make myself sit still long enough.” For those of you who say that, go find something else to do right now. Go on, shoo! You’ll never make it as a professional author unless and until you can plant your bottom in a chair for hours on end, and do the work you’re sitting there to do. No getting up to wander. No wallowing in social network site addiction. You need to sit still, and concentrate on whatever you’re working on. Breaks are fine. But, like any job, there has to be balance between work time and break time. Not enough break time can lead to problems. On the other hand, too much break time means your work isn’t getting done.

So, for those of you out there who say you want to write, but can’t make yourselves sit long enough, you have a problem. What’s it going to be? Something has to give! Are you going to give up on your dream of writing that book? Or are you going to learn the self-discipline required to make yourself sit, and get the needed work done?

Scott Harper

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