Writing is more discipline than passion

Just five pages a day will change your writing life

I fell in love with the process of writing early in my life. Working a new idea through in my head got me wildly excited. Sitting for hours in a coffee shop madly scribbling chapter notes made me feel like I was on my way to becoming the next greatest writer, just a few months away from delivering on my talent. This, by the way, went on for years.

Creating the perfect writing space became an obsession. Reading daily chapters by the writers I most wanted to emulate burned hours a day. The passion to write was within me, but the work progressed slowly, and at first, the writing itself was tortured and forced. There was passion, but I just couldn’t get it done.

Years later, living a life supported by writing, and after ten books published by two publishing houses, along with a few thousand blogs, articles and posts, I look back and realize the missing ingredient that held me back for so long was discipline. I was a writer that did everything you had to do to become good, except sit and write.

My books are nonfiction, but my writing heroes were the old school writers who lived their art, who wrote about life as they experienced it, not as they observed it.

But as I researched their lives, the epiphany moment for me was when I realized the only common thread amongst all the legends was that they had the discipline to write five pages a day.

Dozen of different authors writing fiction, nonfiction and weird stuff in-between, and every single one chased the same daily number. They sat, and they wrote, and they didn’t move until they finished their five pages.

These authors could be sitting in a war zone and still write five pages. They could be on a week-long drunken safari and still get five pages a day done. They could be the social elite of New York on the endless party circuit and still get five pages a day, every day, during their entire careers.

Five pages a day is the only discipline you need to create your writing career

Writing is hard work. Writing is a job you create for yourself. Writing can become your life the day you move past the passion and accept the discipline.

If you are creating a nonfiction work, that is about a half a chapter a day. Do this every day and you have a finished book within a few months.

Create blogs, write two articles a day for this site just to master the craft, give yourself an assignment and just sit and write and don’t get up until you finish five pages.

Discipline is commitment to your art. Discipline is learning to sit and create every single day of your life for as long as you want to be a writer. Discipline as a writer starts with the personal commitment to get your daily five in no matter what is going on in your life.

Passion gets you started toward your dream.

Five pages a day makes that dream come true.

A simple life dedicated to leaving the world a little better than I found it. Long career in the business of fitness, writer of books, speaker, personal coach.

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