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I took on this blog-post-a-day thing because I knew I really needed to refocus myself on writing. So far, I have been happy with the outcome, and I've put out some pieces that I'm glad I made myself write. I wish that I could say I started today with good intentions and plenty of energy and sat down at the computer right away. I could say that, if I was a lying liar from Liarsburg-- but I'm not. Today I just had a bunch of other things to do, and Sundays are the days I try to stay away from the computer and do non-screen things. These are excuses, not reasons, for failing to write, I know.
When I finally did get to the computer, I procrastinated in my usual way. Didn't check email all day-- I should catch up. Might have missed something important on Face book-- better just take a peek. Oh look, someone I follow put a new playlist up on Spotify-- I should listen. Two hours later, I hadn't written a word. But I did meander through the notes I make to spark ideas for posts when I do get around to writing. This one, a quote from the writer and marketing wizard, Seth Godin, stopped me, and made me start writing:
The notion that I do my work here, now, like this, even when I do not feel like it, and especially when I do not feel like it, is very important. Because lots and lots of people are creative when they feel like it, but you are only going to become a professional if you do it when you don’t feel like it. And that emotional waiver is why this is your work and not your hobby.
I've said that I want this to be my work, so this is the idea that I have to keep in front of me: I'm a writer. Writers write. Sit down and get to work.
For today, there's no point in making you suffer while I squirm and try to get something on paper. See you tomorrow.