Like all writers, I have an active imagination. When I realized I wanted to be a writer, I imagined what kind of writer I’d be when I was doing it full-time.
I see myself waking up at around six and sitting down to write on my desk, which sits beside a window. I have a pretty view, and it’s quiet and calm. If I’m craving it, a Hazelnut coffee rests beside my laptop.
I open my laptop, and I write for about four hours. I visualize myself getting lost in my story, no sound disturbing me, the rest of my coffee gone cold.
Sometimes, I get stressed because I can’t put what I want into words or I’m sure what to do next, but I write and write until I figure it out, and I go on with my journey.
Next to me, on the desk, is a small notebook where I jot down any notes to remember later or ideas to try.
I get up every hour to pace around my room to let my eyes rest from the screen and get the blood flowing in my legs. I let the story leave my mind for a moment and let the silence relax me. I look outside and let myself think.
Minutes later, I sit down and start again. I’m lost in the zone all over again, and I don’t want to get out.
I’m in love with writing and the entire process. I don’t quit when things get hard, and I’m willing to put in the work.
Everything I mentioned is what I envision for myself; it’s who I want to become. If I want to aspire to be the best writer I can be, I have to set expectations for her.
What kind of a writer do you want to be?
Are you waiting for the day you get published? To hold your book in your hands? For the award to be on your wall? For the paycheck?
Or do you want to be the kind of writer who loves the journey as much as the reward?
What expectations do you have for yourself?
Questions to consider about the type of writer you want to be: Will you…
- stick to your schedule or skip the work?
- keep trying when the words don’t come out or give up?
- write even when you don’t feel like it?
- focus or allow yourself to get distracted?
- always give your best or half-ass your work?
- share your work when you’re done or keep it hidden?
- quit when you don’t know what to do or figure it out?
- write or complain about how you want to finish?
- love the writing process or the reward?
I hope you stick to your schedule, whether that’s writing every day or once a week. I hope you don’t quit when you’re frustrated.
“If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.”
I hope you write when you’re sick, tired, busy, and that you always give your best.
When you’ve finished your creation, and you’re ready, I hope you share your work because the world needs it. I hope you publish your book, or start a blog, or turn your screenplay into a movie.
I hope you do what a writer does, and write.
Start applying what you wish to see for yourself today
I want to write fiction for hours in the morning, but ten minutes in the evening is what’s working for me right now.
I do get up in the morning to write (articles) but at seven-thirty — not six. As time passes, I’ll wake up at 6:55, then 6:50, and so on.
I get frustrated and stop writing when shit gets too hard, but I’m working on it.
I still skip a couple of days of writing every month, but I’m pushing myself harder to do it every day. See what I’m doing?
Every day, I work on becoming the person I want to be. And that’s what matters — that I try to do and be better.
This post would be unnecessary if I shared my goals and ended it there. Great, Itxy. So what?
What motivates and inspires people isn’t the dreams others have. It’s the work they put in to make that dream a reality.
I’m working toward becoming the girl of my dreams right now
I write even though I didn’t go to college for it, even though I sometimes suck, even though I get frustrated.
I can’t expect myself to wake up at six one day and follow the schedule in that vision of mine. If I want to reach that, I have to start working on it now.
That’s now how you reach your goals.
I love writing when I’m all alone, but I don’t have that luxury. I have to work on the kitchen table or the desk in the room I share with two sisters. But I’m not going to be stopped because nothing stops the girl I see in my mind.
I’m learning to appreciate the journey because the girl I want to be loves the hustle more than the accolades.
Everyone has goals and dreams, and visions of the person they want to be, but they’re not working toward them.
If you want to write every day, start today. If you want to wake up at five, start getting up five minutes earlier than you usual and shave off time as you go.
If you get overwhelmed easily, start looking for ways to keep going when things get hard.
That’s how you reach the expectations you’ve set for yourself — by starting.
Whomever you want to become, whatever kind of writer you want to be, start working on it today.