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Keep Moving, Keep Writing

posted Sep 19, 2016, 7:03 AM by Ben Kreucher
Writing is hard.  More like writing well.  ...Okay, editing is hard not fun.  Putting words on the page is easy, as long as I carve out the time to do it.  I can set aside time, but something always comes along to distract me.  Whether it's a video game that just updated or someone watching TV or the neighbor's dog barking or a myriad of things.  Pretty much any excuse can and often does pop up to keep me from writing (and especially editing).

It's not because I dislike writing.  I find myself happiest when writing.  I can't help but smile (editing, revising, and rereading is a different story, but necessary).  That doesn't mean I don't allow distractions to pull me away from my joy.  Plenty of things vie for attention every day.  The struggle is shifting through those to the ones that matter.

I fail.  A lot.  But, I continue to press on.  There's always tomorrow...unless I'm working on a deadline.  I shouldn't put things off, however, that I can do today.  But one missed day won't ruin a manuscript.  One hour away from the television won't kill me.  Thirty minutes of editing can't be as painful as I imagine.

Pushing toward a goal is daunting, if the goal seems unattainable.  So, instead of trying to climb Everest, I settle for Kilimanjaro.  Wait a second...
I need to go outside in winter before I decide to climb a mountain.

Regardless of my mountaintop aspirations, the beginning is the same.  One foot in front of the other.  One step at a time, whether forward or upward.