That’s What Writers Do.

 In Life, Writing

I almost didn’t write a blog post for this week.

I am so very busy at the moment it seems that a blog post is the bottom of my to-do-list.

And yet, if I missed this week that would break my run of fourteen straight weeks of posting a new article every Sunday.

And it seems important to not do that.

Seth Godin discusses urgent versus important here. My long list of things that need doing screams urgent at me. But if I take a careful look at it I can easily find the important work that needs doing first. The work that needs prioritising.

The most important work I can do on any day of the week, but especially Mondays to Fridays, is sitting down and writing.

Because I’m a writer.

And that’s what writers do.

Of course there are the creative writing workshops to plan, there are the book covers to design, the editing and formatting that needs doing, the marketing, the open mic sessions to host and attend, the networking, and the list goes on.

But if I didn’t write any more books, if I didn’t keep honing and practising my craft, all that other work would eventually dry up.

Joe Coffin Season Four Cover

I am currently writing Joe Coffin Season Four.

I sat down on Friday morning and I managed to write one sentence.

One sentence.

I had a lot on my mind.

Writing a novel at a rate of one sentence a day isn’t practical.

Obviously.

But I still sat down at my work desk and wrote.

Tomorrow will be better. Hopefully I will crank out a thousand words.

But the point I’m trying to make is, no matter that on Friday I only managed one sentence, I still prioritised the writing.

In the last fourteen weeks, during which time I have had to deal with all manner of life stuff (including, but not limited to, running three streams of creative writing classes, hosting regular open mic sessions at Waterstones in Birmingham, a book formatting job, chasing up non-payment for work done, losing a dear friend to cancer, and consequently suffering a thankfully relatively brief but almost catastrophic crash in my mental health, family issues and work) I have posted every Sunday.

And I have sat down at my desk and written something, even if it was only that one sentence, every day.

Because that’s what writers do.

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