On writing, diets, and moving forward

Ray Bradbury © Lennox McLendon/AP/Shutterstock.com

Picture yourself firing up your laptop first thing in the morning, getting ready to lay down some words.

What’s your very first thought when you sit down to write? If it’s “I feel like I’m on a diet,” then you might have more in common with Ray Bradbury than you thought when you started reading this.

“Just write every day of your life,” the iconic author once said. “Read intensely. Then see what happens. Most of my friends who are put on that diet have very pleasant careers.”

Even though at first glance, typing words on a screen and staying away from junk food don’t seem to have much in common, it turns out they are both very effective ways to move forward toward a goal—a little at a time.

That is, as long as you do it every single day.

And for you, I’m willing to bet writing a novel is one of those goals.

When was the last time you caught yourself working so hard on something you forgot to eat lunch?

…or experienced the thrill of making progress—in leaps and bounds—toward a long-standing goal you’ve wanted so badly to achieve?

…or gave yourself a pat on the back for a job well done, or created something you could proudly show off?

If it’s been a while, then join us for the 10K Novel-Writing Challenge!

The funniest thing is that without even knowing it, Ray Bradbury just summed up the entire Challenge with his quote.

Starting October 1st, we’ll each be cranking out 10,000 words in our novels—1,000 words a day for 10 straight days.

We’ll be sharing our work and becoming each other’s Fans.

We’ll be giving friendly feedback and constructive criticism to each other in an effort to fine tune what we’ve written and develop a strong foundation to build on.

Why is it so important to keep writing every day? Because every time you stop, your goal flies further and further off into the future.

It’s time to reel it back in.

October 1st might just be the first day of the rest of your writing career. If you’d like to join a talented, friendly group of writers as we make huge strides toward our goals, you can pre-register for the Challenge right now!

So here’s my best career advice: do something every day that moves you forward.

But don’t take it from me. Take it from Ray Bradbury.