I'm going to be honest. This whole posting more than time actually allows--making time to write, and not letting time tell me what to do--is new to me.
Sometimes I don't know what to write. I definitely don't know what everyone wants to hear from me--an insecurity I'm working daily to overcome. I do know, however, according to every creative mind in the world, creativity is like a muscle.
The idea that inspiration strikes is a total myth. You have to strike inspiration. You have to tell it what to do, when to show up. How do you do that? You show up.
Although posting frequently is new to me, showing up to write every day is not. I've been doing it probably longer than I've stuck with anything else.
In his latest book, Mark Manson said:
"I recently heard a story about a novelist who had written over 70 novels. Someone asked him how he was able to write so consistently and remain inspired and motivated everyday, as writers are notorious for procrastination and for fighting through bouts of 'writer's block.' The novelist said, '200 crappy words per day, that's it.' The idea is that if he forced himself to write 200 crappy words, more often than not, the act of writing would inspire him and before he knew it he'd have thousands down on the page."
The point here, and really in anything you're learning: MOVE FORWARD. Do something.
Words of Inspiration from Writers:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: "Anything is better than stagnation." (He wrote 3,000 words a day.)
W. Somerset Maugham: "There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are."
Maya Angelou: "Nothing will work unless you do."
So, no matter what your next project is, stop searching for the rule book to tell you how to get started. Stop looking for that perfect pen you need. Stop waiting on the new bread pan you just ordered; make muffins instead. Something is better than nothing, and the point is to get going so you know what to do next, what to go back and change, what to move forward into with more fervor than before.
None of that happens from sitting and wondering how many words a day real writers write, how many calls successful business people make, or how many followers creative entrepreneurs should have on Instagram. Do the work. Get started. Now.
What is your equivalent of 200 crappy words a day?
P.S. If you are in the world of creative business, Hilary Rushford is in the middle of a free series entitled, 26 Things I Wish I'd Known My First Year in Business. I am loving it! She is a wealth of information and encouragement. Go check her out. But only AFTER you've already done your thing for the day. Don't procrastinate with preparation!