To be a true writer you have to do just one thing.
Yep, you guessed it right.
You’ve got to write. You’ve got to write (almost) every day.
If you write, you are a writer. Even if you never publish anything, or your marketing efforts are practically non existent, like in my case — but I promise I’m going to change that.
The fact is, as a writer you should feel the urge to write. That almost physical necessity to give shape to your thoughts and feelings, arranging and rearranging words into ever new tapestries—no, I haven’t said travesties.
It doesn’t matter if you also experience resistance, and have to fight a daily battle with procrastination. Writers are known to be quite eccentric, to say the least.
So, if you have the desire to write, and your head is full of ideas, and yet you find yourself striving to sit down and actually write the words, there’s nothing to worry about. Of course, provided most of the days you do end up winning your personal battle with procrastination.
Some time ago, I wrote a post about this. A post based on first-hand experiences with procrastination and the tricks I use to defeat it (most of the days).
However, I must also admit that in many cases when it comes to procrastination what I need most isn’t a quick fix whose effectiveness tends to wear out over time. What I need most is a deeper understanding of my behavior.
In fact, in that way I can work on what lies at the root of my behavior and change it.
Of course, this approach requires more time and effort, especially at the beginning, but it is also the only approach to grant lasting results. Continue reading