Why You Shouldn’t Do What All the Other Writers Are Doing
This recent Morning Motivations for Writers email got so much response I thought I’d post it on the blog. Enjoy! (And if you want more good stuff like this, subscribe to Morning Motivations!)
When you think of a professional writer, you probably envision someone who starts at the crack of dawn and guzzles coffee as he writes.
So you force yourself to get up at 5 am because that’s what a “real writer” would do, and brew a pot of coffee even though you prefer hot cocoa or tea. Then you fall asleep in front of your computer as your untouched coffee grows cold, and when you wake up you feel like a failure.
Okay, that’s an extreme example. But you get the picture: Don’t do what you think a “real writer” should do…do what works for you.
Me, I get up at 9 am, make iced coffee, and hang out with my kid until my mom takes him at 1–then I spend a few hours managing the household, exercising, and marketing my personal training business. Often, only after the kiddo goes to bed at 9:30 pm do I get busy with blogging, answering emails, checking in at the Freelance Writers Den forums, etc.
A friend of mine can’t write at home so she heads to a local café. Other writers start writing at 2 am while drinking V8 juice and smoking cloves.
It works for them, so why not?
The same goes for work style. Different writers have different ways of researching, scheduling, doing interviews, querying, and writing. Different writers use different equipment–PC or Mac, digital recorder or recording software, cell phone or landline. Some writers have fancy business cards, some don’t (like me). Some visit their editors, some don’t.
Do what you need to do to make your writing work, and don’t worry about what others are doing. You’re already a real writer!
How about you: Have you ever tried living or writing like “a real writer”? How did it work out for you?
Stick figure by Kaitlin Wiebe. Thanks, Kaitlin!