The number one thing every writer needs

I’ve been reading a lot of posts about writing lately. I’ve also been listening to podcasts, attending webinars and seminars, reading books, filling out worksheets, and taking notes, notes, and more notes. I have a notebook full of notes.

The best way to build suspense…

The top ten list to create likable characters…

The three things you must do today to build your author platform…

The number one tool that’s going to help you sell more books…

In essence, I’ve been trying to cover up my writing lull by doing a lot of other writing-adjacent activities. I have had the revelation (many times, now) that these things aren’t actually helping me write. They’re interesting. I am learning from them. But there’s only one real ‘cure,’ one ‘magic bullet,’ one solution to getting out of my writing lull:

Writing.

Yep. It’s that easy (and that difficult). To get out of this slump, I have to write my way out. The more I’ve looked (and I’ve looked in plenty of places over the past few months), the more convinced I have become that (don’t be too shocked, now) the way to be a writer is to write.

I’ve got to engage in the type of butt-in-seat, willing-to-give-up-other-pleasures, taking-the-time-to-do-it-even-when-the-sink-is-full-of-dirty-dishes writing that finishes books. I need to take time for the turn-off-email, log-out-of-facebook, write-until-you’re-unstuck, and then write-until-you-write-until-you-can’t-write-anymore kind of writing.

And I need to do it consistently. If it doesn’t become a habit, the next writing lull will be waiting in the wings to break concentration and destroy momentum.

So, after all of the webinars, seminars, books, blogs, and podcasts, the one takeaway that’s a sure-fire win is to actually, positively, sit down and write.

TL;DR: if you’re going to call yourself a writer, you need to be writing.

Now it’s time for me to take some of my own advice.  🙂

Happy writing!

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