So today is the first day of the 70 Days of Sweat Challenge! I’ve got a lot on my plate from now until March or so, so I’m really looking forward to doing round two and I’m hoping it’ll be as productive for me as the first round was.
Be sure to check in at the Sven Blog for daily entries but most especially on Wednesdays and Sundays for progress reports. I really found the check in part to be helpful last year because it really gave me some focus and accountability. I do write every day, but with this challenge, it helped me keep myself hyper-focused on my goals and I go so much done it surprised me.
There aren’t any shortcuts to being a writer. No ghostwriters to take on the burden for you. No magic beans. If you don’t put in the work, you won’t finish the book. If you don’t finish the book, you won’t be able to publish it. And in the end, it’ll all be talk and might have beens. It’s scary to take that step and risk yourself by making the committment to write. There will always be rejection. Always be better writers, better deasl, hell, worse writers getting better deals! But I’ll tell you something, for me, there’s nothing like seeing my book on the shelf, nothing like finishing a book, nothing like being an author and I’d never trade it, even when I get rejected or blocked or discouraged.
In the end, the formula is the same – put your ass in the chair and your hands on the keyboard (or on a pen) and work. You can achieve the final product in a host of ways – carefully plotted or seat of pants and everything in between. But if you don’t make that committment to the work, to the project, you can’t ever get there.