The most important thing a writer must do is “Read a lot and write a lot” (Stephen King, On Writing). I don’t care how you think of yourself- if you fancy yourself as the next best thing or the least memorable creature on the planet- the fact of the matter is, if you aren’t writing and reading you aren’t being a writer.

Writing, for me, has been a way to connect with humanity. It is in my nature to absorb and share stories, to want to make something. But that desire and that nature mean absolutely nothing if I’m not doing anything about it.

Don’t drink all the tequila. Just have a few sips and call it a night- you’ve got writing left to do.

The idea of going any day without working on both of my books and posts for this website disturbs me, because if I am not writing, then I am going against my own nature. Sure it may be a nature that I have set for myself- but to exist unnaturally is in a way a disgusting perversion of life.

It is important to promote your work, to discuss it with friends, and to be out there experiencing life. But as a writer there are only two things that you should be doing and caring about above everything else in your life and career: Your family and your writing.

Do not come to me with excuses about how busy your week was- come to me with a plan on how to make next week better starting in five minutes. Do not assume that anything that happens to you is so external that it isn’t in some way your responsibility to make up for it. None of us have real limitations set by others- we only set them for ourselves with how we approach our world and circumstances.

So tell me, what are you doing? Cause if you aren’t reading or writing as much as possible my friends- you aren’t being much of a writer. You’re being something else entirely.

Keep learning, keep reading, and most important of all: keep writing my friends.

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6 thoughts on “The Importance of Doing- Misunderstood Writing Advice

  1. I love the fierce determination and passion you give to your writing – and reading. I don’t think that you could be lazy, what child (or adult) doesn’t like to get up to not much and live imaginatively??!!

    Congratulations on the poetry reading, is any of it on your wordpress site? And a trip to Japan?? as for spending your time reviewing a fantastic writer.., well…

    Finally, sometimes, you must drink ALL the tequila, take it from someone who knows. Just make sure you have nothing much to do the next day!

    You’re awesome, keep up the good work. Happy everything is my new catch phrase.

    1. Thanks as always for being so kind!

      I wanted to post the video, but there are two things that make it so I can’t until a month from now: I wrote them for a class, and the video is low quality and isn’t worth it. I might post them in May.

      Oh- no trip to Japan! Gods that would be a wretched weekend.. I went to the town I studied Japanese in. Nice place in its own way.

      I am certainly not aloud to touch tequila. I have some stories about that stuff!

      Glad to be able to supply catch phrases! As always, keep writing my friend.

  2. Your week has been hectic! It’s gotta be amazing that you got the opportunity to travel, join in the poetry reading and being a writing tutor. But, as you mentioned, that had needed a lot of dedication and work on your part. Admirable. Moving onwards! ☺

    I’m a writer, not a notification reader” is also a post written by Aspiring

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