Now. let’s look at one of the hardest things for a writer. Dedication.

 

One of the hardest things for a writer to create is the dedication to actually sit down each day and take the time to write.

In this busy age of electronic marvels, such as smart phones, video games, and other things that quickly use up a person’s time, it is hard for the average person to break away from these temptations and use a specific moment in time to actually produce a written masterpiece.

Younger people, who have grown up in the era of computers, and even seniors that have become computer savvy, now have a hard time remembering when communications between friends and family members was done in a hand written letter.

I, myself, remember the first nonfiction book that I wrote was done on a paper tablet written in longhand, commonly called in those days, cursive. It was then handed to my secretary who typed it out on a manual typewriter, interrupting me occasionally to find out what the word was that I was trying to use. My thoughts were clear, but my handwriting was not!

It was a slow process, unlike using a word processing program that most all computers now come with.

So how, with all the distraction that a would-be writer has in his or her life, develop dedication?

That is not a simple question to answer. First of all, if it is not truly in your heart to become an author, it can, and will be almost impossible to dedicate yourself to a specific period of time to write.

If, on the other hand, you feel in your heart the need to write, there are simple (I hate to call them tricks) means to developing the dedication to your new endeavor.

Ernest Hemingway, a famous best-selling American writer once stated that he wrote only 300 or 400 words a day. In him saying that lies a hint of how to create dedication to your own writing.

I used to tell my writing students to try to write a page a day. Later I revised that to writing half a page but soon found out that with their busy lives, they were having a hard time achieving that goal.

Eventually, I asked them to write only five paragraphs each day. And surprisingly most were able to achieve that goal. But I will refine that even more. Make it a habit, until you become conditioned, to write no less than 100 words a day.

Of course, always try to write something in your new novel, but if you have an acute case of writer’s block, then just write anything. But write 100 words a day. Without fail.

Of course, don’t limit yourself if you find that everything is flowing as will happen on many occasions. That’s it for now. Remember anyone can write 100 words a day. You don’t even have to write them at the same time. Write 10 words, come back and write another 20 or 30 words, but write 100 words a day.

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