To “open my heart” and “rekindle my spirit” as a writer, I picked up this edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
The stories in this book offer insight into moments when great writers began their love affairs with words, defining moments in their careers, and how they overcame obstacles. There are stories in the book by well-known writers like Ray Bradbury, Sue Grafton, and Terry McMillan.
This book has actually been sitting, dusty and untouched, on my bookshelf for years. Knowing that I have committed myself to NaNoWriMo and will be doing the thing I truly love to do for the next month — no ifs, ands, or buts about it — it seemed like the right time to wake up the wisdom living in these dormant pages.
Early in the book, my instincts were confirmed when I read this quote by Mike Price: “More people have talent than discipline.”
Ah, discipline. Discipline is certainly the thing I’ve been lacking when it comes to my writing. Discipline is certainly the thing I’ve needed help with the most. You can’t exaxtly take a class to learn discipline. You can’t go back and edit or revise discipline…it is either there or it is not. Over the years, I have let too many other responsibilities get between my writing and me.
Now, I’m more excited than ever for the structure, camaraderie, daily word count goals, and plain old discipline of NaNoWriMo. This month of writing boot camp is exactly what I need to keep myself focused and on track. It is exactly the “excuse” I’ve needed to put my writing first, for a change.
There’s just one more day to go…hoping my power is back on by then!
(Written on my Android phone because power and internet are still out.)
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