Thursday, June 7, 2012

15 Habits of Great Writers: Initiate

To initiate means to "take the first step".  It is included in the "15 Habits" because this is something that needs to be done daily, not just once.  Writers need to take the first step every single day.

When I think of this concept of "taking the first step daily", I think of my marathon training.

Can I run 26.2 miles today?  No.  But I followed my training schedule and ran for 30 minutes at an easy pace.  Tomorrow I will run the scheduled 40-50 minutes.  And I know that if I follow my training schedule daily, on November 4th I will run 26.2 miles.  However, focusing on doing a little bit each day helps me not get discouraged and overwhelmed.

As for my writing today, I commit to blogging about "15 Habits of Great Writers" and to spend at least one hour this afternoon working on one of my manuscripts. 

Today I encourage everyone to take that first step.  Don't get overwhelmed.  Do what you can with what you have today.  And then tomorrow, do the same.  Promise yourself to do what you can each day in regards to your writing. 

Happy Writing!


  1. Thank you, Marcie! This is so good. Paraphrasing Martin Luther King, Jr., we don't need to climb the whole staircase at once, just take the next step.

  2. So true! We can't take the first step just once. It must be done every single day. Then, hopefully, it'll be time to take the NEXT step. Yay!

  3. Baby Steps!
    I am taking the #15 Habits Course and I was NOT among the many many who got up two hours early. My initiative is JUST to block out a window each day and dedicate it to my writing.
    Wishing you inpsiration and success in this journey my fellow writer.

  4. I'm gonna take some steps Marcie. Thanks for the push.

  5. I am going to set a scheduled time, every day over the summer (before I go back to work) to write. Good or bad, I'll write! Thanks for the nudge!

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