The Importance of Persistence

Many writers are always aiming for perfection. They want to create the best manuscripts and complete writing that they haven’t for a while.

However, perfection is only of secondary importance. What’s most important to the success of a writer is persistence.

Every day, a writer should sit down and write for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. Yup, each and every day. No excuses. Fifteen minutes is just a small amount of time out of your day.  You can do it, trust me.  If I can, so can you!

Yet many writers don’t write regularly. They write when the conditions are ideal and when they have the time to do so.  In other words, they only write when everything else in their life is in place.

Unfortunately, this is not the way to ensure that you are a successful writer. One of the most important aspects of a writer’s life is that you actually write.

Every day, you must have your butt in your chair for at least fifteen minutes. You must prioritize writing into your day, no questions asked.

If you are a writer, you must make time to write regularly. It should not be an afterthought but as important as exercising every day and having 3 meals a day.

Unless you write on a regular basis, you won’t be successful. It doesn’t matter how many self-help books you read or how many classes you take.  It still comes down to sitting down and actually writing. 

Are you ready to make such a sacrifice in your life? I sure hope so, because unless you do, you are just pretending to be a writer. This is because writers show up every day, and they write. There is no more complicated definition of success. That one action will do it.

So, get your butt in your chair today and write. Your future as a writer depends on it.

Until next time,

Irene Roth