Today’s quote I stumbled upon thanks to Phil’s post, linking to a bunch of William Faulkner quotes.
I’ve heard people say, “Well, if I were not married and had children, I would be a writer.” I’ve heard people say, “If I could just stop doing this, I would be a writer.” I don’t believe that. I think if you’re going to write you’re going to write, and nothing will stop you.
Some of you may find this a little discouraging, but here’s the thing. If you’re blogging, you’re already writing. And if you’re writing a story on top of that, gold stars all around.
You’re a writer as soon as you make up your mind to be. We do those things which are most important to us and make time for those things. In fact, look at what you spend your day on. Whether you like it or not, those are the things you find the most important.
My philosophy is all things in good measure. If you’re writing too much and not spending enough time filling your creative cup by reading, enjoying life and other activities, sooner or later you will hit a dry spot. There are some periods of my life where it just seems like I can’t get enough writing time in (well, in addition to blogging). I think it might be my subconscious saying time to revitalize.
What’s my point in that? You don’t have to spend every free moment of your life writing to be a writer. It’s okay to take a break. It’s okay to read some books—in fact, you should always make time for reading. You know yourself better than anyone. You know when it’s true procrastination and when it’s more likely break time.
But like I said, if you’re blogging, you’re already writing. If you haven’t, take time to celebrate in that success, even if you think it’s minor.
And then, for those working on other projects, do what you need to do to get it done. Set goals, participate in Row80, or find your own way to motivate yourself.
Make up your mind to be a writer, then write.
Do you agree with the quote? What gets in the way of your writing? How do you keep everything balanced? Any tips for others who need help staying motivated? Let us know below!