When I host writing-related WhatsApp sessions, I give participants the opportunity of an introduction and to say something special about themselves.
I remember a participant who said, “I want to be the best writer in the world.” I thought, “Oh, that’s great. That’s where it all begins—saying the right things.”
But, do you stop there? No! Your words should lead you to action.
To maintain the action, you need one thing—one of the most important characteristics of a writer—discipline!
𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗱, 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱. Yes!
𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘯𝘵.
𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘶𝘱 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘭𝘪𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦.
𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘨𝘰 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦.
𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘴𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘭 𝘪𝘯 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘴/𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨.
𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨.
𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘮𝘢𝘥𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 7-𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘞𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘊𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘦.
𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘶𝘦 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳.
𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴.
𝘋𝘪𝘴𝘤𝘪𝘱𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘴𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘭𝘦𝘴.
Check the most successful writers in the world. One thing you will observe with them is discipline.
I remember reading about Jerry B. Jenkins. He noted that when writing his first book, he had another job.
To complete his manuscript, he had to write from 9 pm-12 midnight every day.
What’s that? Discipline!
Dear writer, 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗱, 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱.
The title of my first e-book is, “8 Disciplines for Success” (currently under review). In it, I stated, “Many desire to be successful, but are not ready to subject to the discipline that success demands.”
I ask you today: Do you want to rank high as a writer? Or do you want to get by?
I want you to aim for the top in writing. One thing you need to achieve this is discipline.
I leave you with these words by George Washington, “Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.”
Do you want to be formidable as a writer? Do you want to procure success as a writer? Do you want esteem as a writer? Do you want to become the best writer in the world? Discipline is one thing you can’t discard.
Remember, 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗱, 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱.
Will you be a disciplined writer this week and forever? Let me know in the comment section.
I’m cheering you on 🤗.
𝗬𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗳𝘂𝗹, 𝘄𝗶𝗲𝗹𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝗶𝗻 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗹𝘂𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲.