Reaching and achieving your life goals or ambitions can be achievable, you must believe and strive towards them everyday, but most importantly, you must put one foot in front of the other every single day.
….or fingers tap on keys?
I have been thinking of at least 2 ideas for novels for the last 12 or 13 years, yet I still haven’t come close to getting started.
I can churn out blogs, short stories, articles & one line fiction until the cows come home, yet, I just can’t seem to find the time or place to transfer my thoughts to paper (or to the iPad as it were).
I hope that one day soon I get it together & construct the ideas so that I can one day build the book(s).
Write what you want today as tomorrow never comes & yesterday is already gone.
Last week, I spent an entire afternoon writing an opening chapter to a short story series I committed to.
I sat and battered the keys, words flowed from my mind onto the screen. I didn’t take a break, I didn’t stop every 5 minutes to mull over my words and correct the mistakes highlighted in red. No, I soldiered on. I took the bull by the horns and wrestled with it until I had written almost 2000 words.
Pleased with myself, I sat back in my swivel chair and grinned as I clasped my fingers and stretched them until they cracked.
The computer screen was littered with words, I had done what I set out to do. So, I decided that it was lunch time. Time to reward myself and stuff sandwiches and cream cakes down my gullet, followed by litres of steaming coffee.
A few hours later, I plonked myself back onto the swivel chair and decided to read what I had written. I was unimpressed. I didn’t feel what I was aiming for, I didn’t enjoy what I had written.
“God, you’re an awful writer”
I sat still for a moment and glowered at the offending text. What to do?
Needless to say, none of that text made it into the finished piece. Nope, it remains saved and unused in a folder of forgotten text files, most likely never to be read by anybody, ever.
The next day, like Groundhog Day, I sat in front of my computer and began to write and immediately knew that I was happy with my words and that this would be what people would get to see.
“Hey, you’re not too bad at this writing thing!”
I guess, like any profession, you have good days, bad days and downright irritating days.
I am by no manner or means a full time or published author, although, it is a definitive goal of mine.
Instead, I commute to work 5 days a week, working varying shift patterns & deal with a huge amount of responsibility on a daily basis. I deal with all kinds of people, which can be enjoyable or not, depending on whom you are dealing with and, perhaps, what mood I am in on that particular day. I do this, because it’s my career. I’ve worked extremely hard at it, but, my main reasons for the daily grind, are to provide for & to generate a comfortable lifestlye for my family.
Writing is a passion of mine, it always has been. I’ve written hundreds of short stories, articles and screenplays, all unpublished, unless they’re published on my blog.
It’s difficult to describe the feeling that you get when you’re infront of the Mac, battering your ideas away at the keyboard. I have often wondered & dreamed of a career as a published writer.
Why haven’t I pursued it?
Something got in my way.
There is always an excuse not to do something. Work, chores, errands, walking the dog, washing the car or important things like, laying on the couch. But, the truth is, those are your daily rituals and routines. They won’t go away and will never stop.
I quickly learned, that if those were the only things stopping me pursing my writing career, then, I may as well throw the Mac out of the window, burn everything I’d ever written and smash my head against the drywall, in a bid to help me rid myself of my desire to write.
So, I pledged to myself.
I will find time to write and share on my blog, I’ll complete the unfinished screenplays and I will start that novel, the one I’ve been thinking of for 10 years.
I will write & I will become published.
Until then though, I’ll still go to work. The chores will be complete. The errands will be ran. The dog will get walked, the car will be clean, I can still lay on the couch & a thousand and one other things will still get done.
What’s stopping you?