Decide. Commit. Write.
Don’t wait for the world to give you permission to write and be a writer.
You’re not a writer, because someone acknowledges that you are one, you’re a writer, because you write. Very simple, yes and also very hard. I know, if have been there.
The trick is to decide.
With everything in life there is a decision to be made. It starts with getting up in the morning. Do I get up straight away or do i snooze a little more.
See! It’s a decision.
But it doesn’t stop there.
Making a decision, deciding what you want and what you do not want is key to get moving towards your goals, but it takes the next step to really get going: committing.
You need to commit.
It’s much like in a relationship. Committing to a person and a relationship is the foundation on which you can build a lasting relationship.
It’s the same with your career.
Decide what you want and how you want it, then takle the next step and commit wholeheartedly. No bullshit. It’s all in. There is no other way to stay at it.
Once you have committed you will need to put in the work. Hard work. Over and over again. Repetition is key.
There is the saying that hard work beats talent. It’s the work and the completion of the projects that you do, that will set you apart from other writers.
If you are committed but you cannot finish your projects you need to recheck your reasons for why you’re in the game. Something doesn’t add up and most of the time it’s the decision.
You’re still waiting for the permission and acknowledgement of others.
It’s the worst trap ever. Don’t go there.
At the end of the day writing, or any other career really comes down to, committing to yourself, trusting yourself and being yourself.
To be yourself you will have to give yourself permission to fail, stand up and do it again, this time with the knowledge what went wrong. Repeat.
And then one day, you’ll be where you want to be. But it starts now. In this second.