Philosophically speaking, the biggest secret to success in any endeavour is a simple matter of showing up. That is showing up day after day and doing the things that you are supposed to be doing until you succeed. Sounds rather simple, and it is really.
This is where philosophy and the real world come into conflict. It may seem like a simple proposition to start with, but things always seems to crop up. As a writer, there is an entire smorgasboard, (yes, a whole one smorgasboard) of distractions that may prevent you from showing up in front of your computer and writing.
“I’ll do it later.”
“I’m a little tired right now.”
Procrastination kills. It is your enemy. It kills your book one slow death at a time. Kill it before it kills you! It may seem like nice fluffy furry fun at the time, but you will always regret time lost. It is to this end that I have thought of a few ideas to spirit on my creative endeavours, to get into the rhythm of writing, to get in front of my PC every day and write. After all, there’s more than one way to skin a cat. (Although a practical analysis of the different ways is yet to be investigated.) That’ll show fluffy what’s what.
Method one: Public Guilt.
You’ll notice on the footer of the blog an interesting statistic. That is where I will be keeping track of my progress on a daily basis. Now I can already see in my mind’s eye the idea of cheating this system, but it will have to rely on my honesty for the time being. Terry Pratchett once remarked that he writes a little every day, even if it was only a few hundred words. It must work for him as he has published, on average two novels a year for a total of 68 books by my count. Isaac Asimov even more, quite a lot more actually. When asked what he would do if he only had a month left to live, Isaac reportedly answered “Write faster.”
Method two: Finding a Critique Group.
I’m guessing if you have mini deadlines for new content to show to people on a shorter time-frame, such as a weekly critique group, new content would be written in no short order. That’s the theory anyway. Worth a go I guess. Now I just need to find a Critique Group. Deviant Art’s paid service could serve this purpose, but for some reason, not many comments seems to flow by apart from monosyllabic exhalations from time to tome, so there goes that idea. I’ll keep an eye out and update with news.
Method three: I’ll think of something later.