Writer to Writer is a brief feature I’m doing in which I email a writer and ask a quick question about writing. Simple enough, right?
In today’s edition of Writer to Writer I’ve asked David Boles, author of more than 50 books in print, 25,000+ articles, and 2 million words per year, about the discipline it takes to continue to produce a high-volume of work as a writer.
I don’t know about you, but as a young writer, I’m not very disciplined. I write, I step away, I come back with new ideas, I do meaningless shit all day and I by no means write every day unless you count email, facebook, twitter, text messages, and my signature. But I’m getting better. I can honestly say that when I have a goal, I write. And I can say I certainly have a project underway, and that I’ve written about 300 words per day on average since I started 10 days ago.
But, I’ve been wondering for a while: do I really need to write every day? And in a completely embarrassing realization, I think the obvious answer is yes. A little bit. In general though. Here’s the simple answer David Boles gave that you’ll probably want to listen to if you’re looking for motivation. Ignore me.
Structure is everything. Sticking to a schedule is what makes things happen.
There is no negotiation. The words come first — then the rest of the
You can read more about David’s process here: https://bolesblogs.com/2016/
There you have it. And ironically, this morning I set aside blocks of three hours for writing, three hours for emailing/social media, and three hours for prospecting. I’ll keep that up, and I won’t let anything short of an emergency disrupt those blocks.
What about you? Do you write every day? What’s your process, strategy, and schedule look like?