Wednesday, April 23, 2014

T is for Training

            T is for Training.
            When you hear the word training, you think training camps. Physical activity. Exertion. Getting up at the crack of dawn. Falling into bed exhausted at the end of the day. Discipline that you could never imagine actually having.
            Unfortunately, if there’s something you want to accomplish in this world, training is necessary. Most jobs require some sort of training. Musicians have to train, i.e. practice. Artists have to practice. Writers have to practice.
            Writers write. It’s that simple and that complicated. Those who truly want to write will find a way, even if it’s just for ten minutes a day. Every little bit moves you forward on the path to becoming a seasoned, proficient wordsmith.
            Pick up pen and paper. Carry them with you, wherever you go and when you get a minute, in between meetings or waiting at the doctor’s office, try to write something. Set aside a couple of minutes each night or a few times a week to park your butt in front of a computer. Type out something, even if it absolutely sucks.
            When you’re in training, it’s okay to suck. But in the middle of mediocrity, you may stumble across greatness entirely by accident. You’ll never know until you try, until you sit down and start scribbling.

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