Writing Life: Discipline

You don’t write because you don’t want to. There’s something more important to you than sitting down to a blank page with a story to tell. It would be nice to write a story, but there are dishes to be done, and that check never made it to the bank, and before you know it Monday has come around and nobody has time to write during the week.

I don’t blame you. It’s hard to harness ideas and produce a piece that you’re satisfied with — let alone produce a piece that you’re satisfied with. There’s a million ideas in my head but it takes more than just ideas to get words on a page. Plenty of ideas wither away and are forgotten. Some ideas are never worth writing in the first place. So how do we get from good ideas to good writing, on the page, consistently?