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I Write Because…

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Writing 101, Day 1: I write because…

…to become a writer one must write. It really is that simple. I have this written on the first page of every notebook and journal that I own. To become a writer one must write.

This is something I told myself after months, years even, of procrastination. And I still have to remind myself of that simple truth daily. Oh…I’m too busy/stressed/tired/insert any other excuse *here*. I am ashamed to admit that I am guilty of all of the above and have blogged about my tendencies to put off the one thing I love doing more than anything else here.

Procrastination is something I battle with daily. In saying that, I am becoming much better at establishing a writing practice (WordPress writing courses have helped significantly with this!) But would you believe, I almost made an excuse not to proceed with November’s writing challenge despite really wanting to take part? (Heh hem – you’re not supposed to say ‘Yes, I can believe it…!’) I signed up to November’s Writing 101 when the first invite was emailed – yet for some reason, I didn’t receive the usual confirmation or daily prompt when the course began. I immediately took this as a ‘sign’ that I was too busy preparing to emigrate in the New Year to commit to a writing practice anyway, and that I should probably wait for the next course to come around when things would be less ‘hectic’ (how easy it was for me to slip into my old habit of delaying the writing process!!!) So I had a quiet (and very stern) word with myself and contacted WordPress support before I could convince myself any further that it would be better to wait for that ‘perfect’ moment to write (you know – that perfect moment that doesn’t actually exist unless you create it?!)

Thankfully, here I am! And hopefully, I shall remain here throughout November, come rain or shine, taking time to indulge in a little writing each day. Yes – I will be sitting my ass down daily and committing to a daily writing practice because after all; to become a writer one must write!

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