Her post is an example of synchronicity, because a few days later, The Boston Globe published this article on grit that talks about much the same thing.
Both of which in turn remind me of my own theory of "psychotic persistence" [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ]. (I mentioned this connection recently in Link Salad.)
No matter how you cut it, this writing game is all about doing it, and doing it more. That's why all the writing advice I have ever given boils down to "write more". In my case, I write more by watching tv not at all, DVDs/videos very little, movies rarely, gaming never, etc. etc. etc. I've taken a lot of things I enjoy out of my life in order to do something I enjoy even more — writing, and having written. It's a sacrifice I've made, and joyfully so. (In case you missed it, scalzi has a different take on those choices here, btw.)
And I don't think anyone can accuse me of being a dry stick. I have a lot of fun, and I basically do what I want in life. But I got to this point by years and years of grit, practice and psychotic persistence.
What's your practice?
|Originally published at jlake.com.|