Coffee. It’s the weirdest beverage I’ve ever had. Let me explain:
I can pour myself a cup of fresh-brewed, piping hot coffee, add a specific ratio of sweetener and creamer, take a few sips, and then set it down next to me, while I get so engrossed in my next blog post that I forget all about it for two hours. Then, when I finally remember it, if it’s not actually cold, it’s lukewarm. And it tastes terrible, so toss it into the sink.
Now here’s the weird part: if I’ve brewed a pot and don’t finish it, I’ll put it in the refrigerator. After all, I don’t want to waste 3/4 of a pot, do I? And the next day, I’ll pour a glass, add the same ratio of sweetener and creamer, and it has been transformed magically into one of my absolute favorite things to drink on a warm day. So much so that I’ll drink the entire glass in about 2 minutes, and then make a second one to sip slowly so I can fully enjoy my homemade goblet of ambrosia.
Or maybe the weirdness isn’t in the coffee, but rather in me?
But that’s not what this post is about, except in a peripheral way.
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Ever get any of those emails? The ones that promise you fame and fortune if only you follow their guaranteed, fool-proof method…which only costs $19.95, plus shipping and handling?
I must get at least 3 of these emails a day.
I’ve even examined a few of them. And I’ve found they all have one thing in common: none of their highly-touted endorsements are from people; they’re all from organizations, such as IBM, General Motors, etc.
I’m going to share my secret method of writing, and it won’t cost you a penny! It’s a simple step-by step method which I have developed over a long period of writing. Ready? Here is is:
- Log out of Netflix
- Shut down Facebook>
- Put your cell phone on silent
- Close your email program
- Block out all other distractions
- Fire up your favorite writing program
- Set yourself a goal. Tell yourself I’m going to write x number of words, sentences, paragraphs, minutes, or hours today. Whatever your goal, make sure it’s a tangible and realistic one.
- Write. Type a word. Type another word. And another.
- Repeat Step 9 until you have reached the goal you set for yourself in Step 7.
- Save your work.
- Reward yourself for a job well done.
Billy Crystal said it nest in Throw Momma From The Train: “A writer writes!”
The truth is that there are no guaranteed methods to becoming a best- or even moderately-selling author except to WRITE.
Don’t believe me? Here are some uncomfortable truths from a few writers who have “hit the big-time:”
“If it sounds like writing … rewrite it.” Elmore Leonard
“Discipline allows magic. To be a writer is to be the very best of assassins. You do not sit down and write every day to force the Muse to show up. You get into the habit of writing every day so that when she shows up, you have the maximum chance of catching her, bashing her on the head, and squeezing every last drop out of that bitch.” Lili St. Crow
“Those who write are writers. Those who wait are waiters.” A. Lee Martinez
“Anyone who says writing is easy isn’t doing it right.” Amy Joy
“Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” Ernest Hemingway
Want some more quotes, try here.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a story I need to finish. Until next time,