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Not Every Day Will Be Epic, But Show Up and Write Anyhow

As writers we tend to be perfectionists who often see things as all-or-nothing, instead of noticing the shades of grey in-between. Or maybe it’s just me?

But here’s the thing—when you’re doing a lot of writing, you’re bound to have a shitty day at some point. A day when you’re not loving the words that are coming out. A day when you want to delete every single thing you’ve just written and go lay in bed for the rest of your life.

It’s just a part of the creative process.

Creativity is messy and contradictory and unpredictable. But it somehow always works itself out if you show up to the page and do the work. 

The pro writer creates success by showing up to the page every day.

Even when they don’t feel like it. Even when it’s inconvenient. Even when they don’t have time. Even when there are a million other things they could or should be doing.

And it’s the showing up every day that makes the inspiration and creative flow, that makes the words pour out of your head faster than you can type. 

Yesterday was an off writing day for me. I usually sit down to write my blog post and the words just flow without having to think much about it.

But yesterday that didn’t happen. I had to really force myself to get the words out yesterday. And I didn’t love what I wrote at all. (But I put it out there anyhow.)

And today started off the same way.

I didn’t know what to write during my freestyle journaling time. I didn’t know what to write this blog post about. I started two other posts and then stopped those and came back to this one.

Years ago if I had a shitty writing day, I’d just stop writing and blame it on the fact that I didn’t know what I was doing and I wasn’t good enough, and then I’d procrastinate for awhile until I finally stepped up again to answer the call of my soul to put words on the page.

Doing my soul’s work, my writing, has always been an area of Resistance for me in my life. Because I’ve known from a very young age that I was born to write. There are lots of other things I love to do and am passionate about and good at, but writing is the thing I was put on this planet for.

I was born to tell stories, and channel messages and ideas and creations that transform writers’ lives.  

And by fully stepping into that purpose, there’s no longer space to stop writing or procrastinate. Showing up and doing the writing is a non-negotiable.

So even on an off writing day, even on a day when I don’t feel like it or I don’t love what I wrote, I still write it and I still hit ’publish’ and put it out there. Because it’s not my job to judge the words. It’s my job to write them down and put them out there for the writers of the world who need to read them. 

It would be selfish and wrong of me to not show up and write because I didn’t feel like it, or because I thought what came out wasn’t very good.

If you’re born to write, you have a responsibility to your audience to show up, put words on the page and get those words out into the world. The form you do this in is totally up to you—blog post, novel, short story, flash fiction, stand-up comedy routine, memoir, essay, poem, song, whatever you feel called to write.

But showing up and doing the writing is a non-negotiable. 

Not every day will be epic. Some days will totally suck and you’ll hate every word you write. Doesn’t matter.

You still have to show up and do the writing.

Because it’s in showing up every day and putting words on the page that you’ll find the creative flow and the connection and the purpose that you’ve desired all along.

Write with a purpose, live with intention,

 

 

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This Is A Call to Arms for Writers Everywhere

Why do you write?”

Someone asked me that recently and there’s a variety of answers I could’ve used: because I love it; because it’s what I’m best at; because I’ve got shit tons of fictional stories inside me and creative ideas and life experiences I’ve been through–most of which needs to be written down.

But the only reason that really matters is this one: because I can’t not.

I can’t not write. It’s impossible. Because I was born this way.

I’ve been writing ever since I was old enough to hold a pencil. When I look back on my life so far, the only constant is me being a writer.

When I was very young I wrote poems and rhymey little songs. As I grew up I started writing short stories and then a novella. That novella solidified that I was going to make writing my career.

As I went through high school, I got interested in journalism–mostly because I was trying to figure out how to make writing my career, instead of just focusing on doing what I loved, which was fiction writing. Journalism led me to a four-year degree which then led me to my 7-year string of writing-related jobs in publishing (print and online), corporate online marketing and social media strategy. I’ve written 600+ blog posts, and written and published 7 books (and counting).

And along the way I realized I can’t not write.

Even when I had moments where I wasn’t doing a lot of writing-writing, I always kept a journal. I always had a place to write down my thoughts and ideas. I’ve always had several active idea notebooks at the same time (one for each project).

I couldn’t not do these things. Because I was born this way.

Writing isn’t something I do, it’s who I am. It’s who I was born to be. 

And you’re here right now, reading this, because you feel the same way. You were born to be a writer, to use your words to spread a message, to share stories, to change the world. 

The reason the pen is mightier than the sword is because words change things. Words can shift perspectives and cause a fire to be lit inside someone who was once dead inside.

Words are the most powerful force on the planet. Because words create things.

As writers, we are the creators of the world–our worlds and the fictional worlds that we dream up.

Our perspective matters. Our stories need to be told. Our truth needs to be spoken.

Because in us doing this, by stepping up and claiming our calling to be the writers and authors we dream of being, we activate a power within us so great it can move mountains, seemingly overnight.

In April 2016, I stepped up and claimed my calling. I had been on the path of it since birth and even before, but I never claimed it. I never decided that I was here to be an author and to change the world with my words.

Until that day in April, when I decided that enough was enough. It was time for me to drop the bullshit, stop making excuses, and rise to the occasion. The occasion being my writing life.

Up ’til that point I’d been dancing around my writing dream, writing blog posts each week and writing a new book every couple years. But it just wasn’t enough. Not for me.

So I decided that it was time. It was time to claim the writing life I was born to have and to create along my journey in life. It was time to step the fuck up and do the work to think like and act like the writer and author I dream of being.

And from this place of deciding, of knowing what I’m here for and by deciding to live into that purpose, every single day, from here on out, things shifted. My whole writing life changed… because I did.

If you were born to be a writer–and YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE–then it’s time for you to do the same. It’s time for you to accept that mission and decide to live into that purpose. Day in and day out. Every single day. For the rest of your life. 

From this moment on, that is who I am writing for. That is who I am creating for and that is who I am exclusively going to be working with. Writers and authors who know they were born for this. Born to change the world with their words, their stories. Born to live their dream writing lives, all on their terms.

If you know, deep down in your heart and soul, that you were born to be a writer, I’m talking to YOU.

It’s time for you to come out from hiding. Time to let go of the BS stuff you’re telling yourself right now about why you can’t step up or claim that you were born to write. Time to accept your mission to serve the world through your words and through sharing your ideas, your personal truth and your stories (fictional and nonfiction).

The world needs you. I believe that as writers who are born to write, all of the ideas and stories that come to us, come because we’re meant to write them. No one else could ever write that same thing in the same way you can. 

But you’ve gotta write it. You’ve gotta stop keeping it inside your head or in your computer and you need to put it out into the world.

When I accepted my mission to deliver life-changing ideas and stories to the world through my written words, that’s when things took off in my writing life. That’s when I started selling 1,000+ books in a 30-day period and hitting #1 in multiple categories on Amazon.

It’s when I decided to let my dreams be bigger than my bullshit that things totally changed. 

It comes down to one thing: alignment. Getting aligned with the dream I had and the desire I feel inside to shake the writing world with my words.

Alignment is everything. And if you were born to be a writer, but you’re not doing the work or you’re only sort of doing the work, then you’re out of alignment and that’s why things aren’t working the way you want them to. This can change almost immediately though.

Just as soon as you decide. Just as soon as you decide to let your writing dream and let being the writer and author you dream of being be bigger than the bullshit you tell yourself or that you let stop you.

Just as soon as you step up and accept your mission to truly–day in and day out–be the writer you were born to be.

So… do you accept? 

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