The Strategy to Success in Writing

What if I told you that you could succeed as a writer; that there was a surefire way to excel at writing? It’s truer than you think. The secret? Consistency.
The recipe to succeed at something is to be consistent in practicing it. That’s all. That’s the key to success. Let me explain.

Consistency: steadfast adherence to the same principle

Having consistency in your work has been shown to reinforce your learning and help your brain retain what it learns. Not only that, but it also forms a habit that enables you to overcome procrastination and time-wasters. Yet there is an enemy of consistency: inspiration.
Or, more correctly, uninspiration. You see, if we don’t feel inspired, we often don’t feel that we can work.
James Clear tells an awesome story about this on his blog:
Last summer, I was speaking with Todd Henry. Todd is a successful author and does a great job of putting out valuable work on a consistent basis.I, on the other hand, do a remarkable job of putting out questionable work on an inconsistent basis. I started to explain this to Todd…“Todd, what do you think about writing only when you feel motivated? I feel like I always do my best work when I get a spark of creativity or inspiration, but that only happens every now and then. I’m pretty much only writing when I feel like it, which means I’m inconsistent. But if I write all the time, then I’m not creating my best work.”“That’s cool,” Todd replied. I only write when I’m motivated too. I just happened to be motivated every day at 8am.”
He brought out an important point in that story. He summed it up a few paragraphs down:
Professionals stick to the schedule, amateurs let life get in the way. Professionals know what is important to them and work towards it with purpose, amateurs get pulled off course by the urgencies of life.
That schedule is what separates amateurs and professionals. To excel at writing, you must learn to keep a schedule.

The Experiment
If you took 30 minutes out of every day to work writing. By the end of a year, you would have spent over 10000 hours writing.
Image that: get 10,000 hours to write by simply repurposing the time that you would otherwise spend browsing Facebook.
In a nutshell, here is the strategy again: Consistency is the key to success.

1 comment:

  1. This is so good and so true! :) Gonna make a schedule now ;)

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