Now, I'm not going to make any grand promises at the moment to post on a specific day of the week or a specific number of times per week for the foreseeable future, but I am making a concerted effort to post on a more regular basis. Here are three things that I've been able to do to make that happen:
- Set aside time:
It should go without saying that in order to write regularly, you have to write regularly. I've read so many blog posts from other writers that say you need to write every day for a half hour or every day until you reach a set word count. I try to take that all with a grain of salt. But regardless, the word are NEVER going to write themselves.
Having a family makes it difficult (I won't say impossible) since kids have soccer, swimming, dancing, concerts, playdates, birthday parties, etc. The list goes on and on. But if I don't make time to write, it never happens.
- Set limitations:
I wrote about this when I first advertised my Olympic poem project on the blog a few weeks back. I've always been terrible about coming up with inspiration, but by setting up some boundaries, I am able to work within a set structure and not get distracted by the endless possibilities in the world.
- Allow for failure:
There is a stack (small right now, but growing) of blog posts that I started writing and ended up scrapping. Some bits and pieces of those ultimately end up in other posts like this one, but there have been a few times when the entire thing went into the trash.
It's sometimes hard to accept that the thing I've just worked on for a half hour, or an hour, or a few days is no good. It is very hard to let go sometimes, but ultimately letting go is what allows me to move on to something else that will be good enough.
It's not easy. No one ever said it was. There is a reason that The New York Times only has a handful of the top books to be on their list each week. Those are (arguably) the cream of the crop right now, but don't let that discourage you from sitting down and committing to your writing.