Hi! My name is Anthony, and I’m a writer! I spend my time writing fiction and, when I need a break from that, I take photos. I guess what’s important to me is that I’m always spending my time creating. Since leaving full time work I’ve spent the all time I’ve had creating either fiction or photos.
When a person decides to become a writer they’re able to dedicate their time to writing, five days a week, as if it was their full time job. This isn’t a hard thing to do. To be a writer (or photographer, or painter, or YouTube content creator, or whatever) you have to have passion. That passion will drive you and keep you motivated. That passion stops you from wasting time with anything other than being creative. Like binge watching The West Wing because you remember how good the dialogue was so it counts as research anyway. Or playing Skyrim. Having that passions stops those thoughts from ever entering your head.
Furthermore, if this level of passion is not present, then you will not succeed at your chosen area of artistic endeavor. Everyone who has succeeded in a creative endeavor never feels tempted by anything other than working on their current project. They live in a state of creative zen on top of a mountain. They constantly churn out work and never feel like watching just one more episode of House of Cards.
All that is absolute crap. Well, except for me being a writer.
The problem isn’t the falling off the wagon. It’s when you decide it’s too hard to get back on. Or a waste of time, because you’re just going to fall off again.
Production hasn’t stopped. I’m almost through all the beta readers from book one. I’m still editing the draft of episode two. I have planned and plotted episodes three, four and, to a lesser extent, five.
But something snapped a week or so ago. I stopped thinking of the time I had wasted, or the time I might waste in the future. I started focusing on today – what I was going to achieve, what I wasn’t going to let distract me, and then sitting down and doing the work.
Exactly what changes I’ve made I’ll cover in more detail later. And by later, I mean really soon.
Meanwhile, procrastination has ever gripped you, I strongly urge you to check out The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (click here to check it out on Amazon). No, it’s not a silver bullet that ended my streak of procrastination – I read it at least six months ago and managed to still lose my way. But without it, I wouldn’t be here today, writing books, blogs and taking photos.
Stay tuned – more to come….