Do it every Day!

I just read something that made a lot of sense to me, perhaps it will strike you in the same fashion. I think it applies to all the “arts” which would include everything from writing fiction to scrap-booking, in my opinion. “Creativity without discipline is like having wings, but no feet.” I think that sums up everything from the memoir you are trying to write, to that project you suggested to the boss for increasing sales.

Lawrence Block, who is one of the most popular and prolific of the mystery fiction writers has a routine. Of course, if you don’t have a “day” job it is hard to make yourself stick to a schedule of work, but it is necessary if you are going to be productive. Block gets up, has breakfast, does 20 minutes of meditation, and then sits at his keyboard and writes FIVE pages. And then he is through for the day. But, he does this seven days of the week,, unless he is traveling or on a book tour. It is his normal routine. And, if you turn out five pages a day, at the end of the year you have 1825  pages. You can throw out the bad stuff, rewrite some, and still have a nice 300 page novel.(Maybe two or three.) And if it is by Lawrence Block it will be a good one. The man doesn’t write any other kind.

No matter what your passion is (and if you are not passionate about something, I don’t have the answer, except you are missing out on life) remember the axiom, “Creativity without discipline is like having wings but no feet” What that boils down to, is keep on doing it, but do it with a definite and rigid routine as regularly as if you were punching the time clock at the coal mine.

Next week, let’s discuss “Motivation” and we’re not talking 0-60 in a few seconds.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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