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Don’t be a Waiter, be a Writer

Today was one of those days.

It began with a nice yoga session in my living room and some high aspirations for the day ahead.

I was going to write. Write like I meant it. Liberate hundreds of words from my fingers onto my laptop. I had a vision for this goal and I believed it would happen.

But somehow it just didn’t. The day came to a close, and my laptop held the same amount of words as it did yesterday.

Once 9:00 PM rolled around, I mentally shut the door on the day and prepared for slumber and a redo.

So as a lay in bed, wallowing in self-pity for not having the time to write, I scrolled aimlessly through social media. And that’s when something magical happened…

Between the animal videos and funny memes, a quote like this appeared on my screen.

If you wait for time or inspiration to write, you’re a waiter, not a writer.

What was I to do? Should I pay heed to the thoughts bouncing around my brain, waiting to be put into words?

Or just click “thumbs up” on the quote and keep scrolling like a dirty hypocrite?

I decided to reopen today’s door, close out of social media, and write. Did I particularly want to? No. Did I know deep down that I needed to, and that I would actually feel better as a result? Of course.

Whether you consider yourself a writer who’s just starting out, or a more seasoned author, and whether you’re a professional writer, creative writer, or a hybrid of sorts (as I am), I want you to know that you’re not alone. The struggle can be so real.

But the secret to actually writing, is that there is no secret.

It’s a decision you make – simple as that.

You can’t wait for more time to write because that’s like waiting for the time to floss. No one ever has time to floss, but we make the time for it because we know it’s for the best (or we should, anyway).

The point is, I’ve been there. And I’ll probably find myself there again soon.

Excuses will come and go, but results only happen when we make our goals a priority.

Now stop reading this and go do what you know you should do. Yes, floss. But more importantly, write.

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