216. Achieving the Impossible

I can't believe it. I'm still in shock as I sit here, fingers still on fire after a full day of writing. After one whole week, 7 days, 168 hours, I can actually say that I've done something I never thought I would be able to do. It's something that, at one point in my life, I thought was impossible for me to achieve.

I just completed the first draft of a 27,000-word book.

One week! It's a goal I never thought I could do because I never set it for myself. But, it happened. 

This motivational piece -- different than my novel Hot Like Fire -- explains how successful people leave clues for us to follow in order for us to achieve our own level of success. It's been a rewarding experience filled with excitement, resistance, consistency, and sheer determination.

We all know how writing goes. Nothing ever looks good upon the first draft. But, the point is I was able to pull those words out of me. To allow the innermost parts of my heart to empty onto the screen. That's exactly what I did. I didn't write from a place of fear -- although writing about many of my fears caused me to hesitate at times -- neither did I give myself an excuse to give up. 

I can see now that all that wishing I did as a kid to write a book were at my fingertips all along. I just needed to know the value of discipline, sitting myself in a seat and committing to the project. 

What I learned along the way?

  1. It's not about what you feel like doing. Get up and start pounding those keys.

  2. My writing would be nothing without an outline (well, not these blog posts. I just write what comes to heart).

  3. Time won't wait on you. You either utilize it effectively or you waste precious moments thinking about what you could be doing.

  4. Write what the heck you want and how you want. Don't ask for permission. Write for pure satisfaction.

  5. Be consistent. I cannot emphasize this enough. Thanks to these daily blog posts, my mind has been trained. I cannot go a day without writing one. For that, my writing seems to flow a bit more naturally. 

I'm sure there are more lessons along the way, but those really stood out to me. I can honestly say that regardless of how my publishing career turns out, whether it's being traditionally published, self-published, or both -- I know now that I can do what I thought was impossible. Half the battle is won. 

Keep writing. Keep creating. Keep going. You never know the wonders that lie ahead.