Going Places: Determination and Hard Work

We all know writing is not easy. Sometimes it just gets too overwhelming and difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The infamous “are we there yet” question seems to pop into your mind every time you finish a round of writing, only to get squashed when you see you’re only on page twenty. Why can’t this book be done already?

The fed-up part of you says, “just work on it more tomorrow,” and, “it’ll get done eventually.” Then, it likes to mope around complaining about how you are never going to get your book done. Most times, it’s easiest to go along with that side, as it’s easier to complain then to fix.

And you will never get anything done with that side talking up a storm in your ear all the time. So how do you get that book done? Just how? 

Think about it. Listen to your logical side. Your side with the passion for writing in it. Picture the final product of your book. For me, it is the thought of a final product that keeps me going.

I’ll tell you right now, that there are two things that must be in every writer: determination, and hard work. You have to have the determination to keep working, to push and push and push until that book is done.

Be determined to finish what you started. Ask yourself, “could I walk away from this book project now and not finish it?” Because if you don’t write today, it’s just more writing tomorrow and a further extension of your book being finished. Once you get it in your mind that you are going to finish the book, then there’s no use in procrastinating the tricky parts. They’ll come sooner or later (and you want this book done sooner).  So, make it happen now. Sit down and start working. 

“Following-through is the only thing that separates dreamers from people that accomplish great things.”

-Gene Hayden




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