Do. Or do not. There is no try.

Posted: June 12, 2015 in graffiti living
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“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” — Yoda

The little green bastard has a point.

Give yourself a pat on the back. Preferably not the cow kind.

You’re still here.

Writing can’t be taught, but it can be learnt. And the only way to learn is through writing.

Regardless of how far behind you’ve fallen with your wordcount, you should be proud of yourself — you’ve made a commitment to your writing.

I don’t care if you’ve written one word, or eleventy — if you write at all then you’re still in the game.

Life gets in the way sometimes. Life will always get in the way. That’s life.

A student once moaned that they couldn’t write because they had a Duke of Edinburgh trip.

Life is one big Duke of Edinburgh trip.

The question is, what do you want from life, what do you want to have done in life, what do you love in life?

Go directly there. Do not pass go, do not collect two hundred pounds… (damn, these Monopoly references are really showing my age!)

Now, I’m extremely proud of each and every one of you just for having shown up here.

Hell, I’m proud of myself every time I get up in the morning.

But I’ve some good news and some bad news.

The bad news is, however tired and worn out you feel, however miserable your muse is it’s about to get harder. You may even grind to a halt or drive your plot into a ditch.

But don’t mutiny just yet. The good news is it happens to everyone. You hit the wall, then you have to decide if you are going to get up again.

Like the Japanese saying: get knocked down seven times — stand up eight.

When you get back up, you’re going to find things get a lot easier and build momentum.

Your inner editor will realise you’re serious about this and TRULY chuck in the towel.

Your muse will realise you’re absolutely bonkers and fall head over heels in love with you.

Your characters will get sick and tired of waiting around and start taking matters into their own hands.

That’s when the fun starts.

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