There was a Cracked article and podcast a few months ago in which the author wrote and spoke about how you can achieve your goals. Instead of saying "I'm going to go to the gym more to work out so I can get healthier," you need to say "What can I give up so that I have time to go to the gym?" Our days are already full, between work, school, kids, hubbies, friends, relaxing, cleaning, cooking... So what do you have to give up to make your dreams of writing a novel come true?
The answer for most is usually sleep, which is why we fail so desperately at big changes. Giving up sleep, giving up time with your children, and giving up that hour where you sit in front of the TV after work with your eyes glazed over are difficult because they all are important to you. If they weren't important, you wouldn't do them. Sacrificing the things we need, like sleep, and things we live for, like time with our children and partners, isn't the best way to make a change stick with us. And it has taken me years and an article from a humor site to realize what I have been doing wrong.
Thank you, Cracked. You have made me realize I have been wishing for something, but not working for it. And that there is a huge difference between those two things. Wishing means you dream about it, but don't move forward with it. Working for it means you are actually making time and giving up things to make your dream come true. Working for it is harder. Working for it is actually work.
My dream is to become a full-time author. I want to make a living wage from my writing. And to do that, I'm going to have to write more. These writing prompts have gotten me into the habit of writing 500+ words a day. I also joined a Facebook group called "500 Words A Day," the community helps to keep me in line. I get writing prompts and I force myself to write, during my lunch break, after 20 minutes of TV time (instead of an hour), instead of playing Destiny or Little Big Planet, after one hour of gym time (instead of an hour and a half). As long as I devote at least 30 minutes a day to writing, I can be proud.
So all of these writing prompts are helping me to form a habit. How can I be a writer if I don't force myself to write every day, so I can be better? I can't. I decided to share my writing with everyone (I can't share everything that I write, but I can share these!) so that you can read them too.
I hope you enjoy these little stories. I hope they inspire you to write your own stories.
I hope they make me into the writer that I am not wishing for, but working towards being, every day.