Life is all about discipline. Everything you do in your entire life requires discipline and you can only be successful if you have discipline. Especially when it comes to writing.
Last month, I read the blog of a young writer who knew writing required discipline, but she really had no idea of how this concept of discipline worked.
Her idea of how writers and discipline worked was just a little flawed. She decided she was going to write a complete novel of 100,000 words in only 50 days.
Her idea was to write 2000 words a day and as she explained it, that only amounted to about 10 pages a day.
Whew! Someone needs to tell her professional writers average about three pages per day. Now, this includes writing, editing, and re-writing and possibly doing the whole process over again. But seriously, professionals only make about three pages per day.
This young writer also believed she could keep up the pace seven days a week. I think she fell into the belief of many in the public who think writing is not a real job, that it is something very easy to do. And if it is that easy, a writer shouldn’t have too much trouble working seven days a week for an indeterminate amount of time. Right?
I wanted to write her and give her some encouragement and tell her she should tone it down, just a little. I wanted to say I admired her for trying, but not to be disappointed if she missed the mark.
And then I thought of my own goals with this blog – to include an entry every day. Lofty goal, indeed. Just as lofty as the young writer I thought of counseling.
So, I guess l have to ask, Will the readers forgive me if I don’t make it? As with all writers, missing a deadline is a real concern. I think about this as I post this entry only a few hours before my self-imposed deadline.
The more important question is: Can I forgive myself for not reaching my goal? Well, it all depends on discipline.
I think I need some guest writers.
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