It’s been about a week since I’ve started this practice. I’m trying to get into the habit of sitting down each morning and working on two published items. This could be a blog entry, or a piece that I am doing copywriting for, or something I am putting out under my own name. It doesn’t matter what the combination is, as long as two pieces of work get put out there each day.
The idea behind all this originally was that, if you are going to be a writer, you have to write. And if you are going to do writing, you have to practice at it each day like any other artform. This was my big downfall. While I always told myself I was a “writer”, it was always something I’d “find real time for someday” or “get back to again”. I’d get all fired up about it, and I’d write a bunch of pages for a short story or a group of poems. Then I’d stall out and “get back to it again”. I’d go onto freelance writing job boards and pick up a job or two. While those were fine at the time, I never managed to follow through and go back for more. And I’d keep going at it like this for years. Well, then I figured out that I’m not really a writer if I don’t actually sit and write; and finding sites like Helium and Associated Content helped, along with getting a few good posts onto my one blog at MySpace.
After picking up another blog on the America Talks Back website, along with a few copywriting jobs, I thought it might be nice to see if I can do this more often. Fast forward to about a week ago. I now have three blogs, MySpace, America Talks Back, and here on WordPress. I also write for Helium, Associated Content, and Triond which publishes on multiple sites. There is also a forum I started posting on this morning, as well as a copywriting job which was just completed this morning. While it may seem like alot of different places to write, I like to keep things fresh and changing. This gives me the choice of writing something different each day; which makes it easier to keep going.
In years past I’d subscribe to writing magazines like “The Writer” or “Writer’s Magazine” and call myself a writer because I read these mags. All the theory in the world won’t help if you don’t practice the craft in the first place. I loved calling myself a writer because it’s what I wanted to do. Now I love to write because it’s just what I want to do. And if you continually do something, especially daily, it becomes something that has to get done as part of the daily routine. And I don’t mind at all that writing has now finally become part of the daily routine. It’s about time actually.