Jon Winokur, on his ever inspiring website, Advice to Writers uses the words of Bernard Malamud for today’s quote of the day:
You write by sitting down and writing. There’s no particular time or place — you suit yourself, your nature. How one works, assuming he’s disciplined, doesn’t matter.
— Bernard Malamud
It’s true. How one works doesn’t matter, as long as one IS working. But that’s the challenge, isn’t it? It’s so easy to get caught up in the endless distractions that pull us away from writing. A few distractions can turn into a few days, or weeks, or (yikes!) even months, of not writing and then our excitement turns to dread.
The only way to break out of that cycle is to follow Mr. Malamud’s advice:
Sit down and write.
If you have a hard time motivating yourself to do that, join The Silent Writer’s Collective for our Silent Write-Ins. By committing to a group effort, many writers find it’s easier to stay motivated and reach goals. Writing, as we’ve all heard many times, is a solitary endeavor, but sharing our efforts with a group makes it easier, and can help us reach our writing goals.