Motivating myself to write can sometimes be a chore. Okay, a lot of the time it’s a chore. I find myself thinking up all these wonderful ideas to post about or create stories about; but when it is time to actually start writing I find myself saying “I’ll do it later, when it feels right.” It often reminds myself of when I was a smoker, I would always say “this is my last pack, after this I’m done,” which if anyone who used to smoke or knows someone who does smoke is quite aware that is probably the most frequent lie we smokers tell ourselves. But unlike smoking, writing isn’t harmful to your body. Actually now that I think about it, with the amount of great writers that have either died poor with just the shirts on their back or with an alcohol problem or both that last statement may also be a frequent lie.
For me, I have found I honestly have no motivation to write pieces that don’t connect with me, even then it is difficult to start writing thanks to that discouraging blinking vertical line every word processor has.
Honestly, can we just take a second and realize it would make life much easier if instead of it being a wall to your potential progress it were a horizontal line inviting you to continue writing? I mean how hard can it be to change that?
For me, I think I have to start making it a habit I write every day for at least an hour, no excuses, no more pushing it to next Tuesday, I just sit down and write. Now what I write about is probably going to be utter horseshit but at least I am making it a habit that I write. One of my favorite quotes from Macklemore’s album The Heist is from his song “Ten Thousand Hours.”
“The greats weren’t great because at birth they could paint
The greats were great ‘cause they paint a lot”
The whole song is taken from Malcolm Gladwell, who he mentions in the song, and his “10,000-Hour Rule” from his book Outliers: The Story of Success which basically states that in order to become successful in anything you have to put in 10,000 hours. And doing the math that is just over 416 straight days. And in order for me to be an “expert” if I write 1 hour a day it will take me over 27 years. But with my time I have spent writing on my own, around high school, I will round down to between 20-25 years.
Honestly, I am probably going to go ahead and say that it is absolutely ridiculous to think I will ever manage to get 10,000 hours into anything. So like most writers, I will take this nice theory and mend it so it works for me, which is essentially what I have stated before:
Make it a habit, and it will only get better.
Whether or not you will see my daily writing is still in the air, who knows, maybe I will post once a week all the crap I write into a post for those who are really bored. Then again, I may only show you the ones that aren’t too personal.
Perhaps this is what I meant when I said I wanted to create consistent content.
As always, thank you for reading and I hope to bring you more soon.
Featured image can be found at Aisha’s Scrapyard.