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Pen to Paper: Discipline (P12)

Presented below is a thought from me on writing, a quote from someone else on writing, an excerpt from that writer, and a discipline/habit to implement… 

We will be focusing on discipline today.

A Thought

“It is through consistent discipline that one can truly bring their thoughts to life on paper, creating art that resonates with the hearts of people.”

– Austin Alford

A Quote

“The only difference between a writer and someone who wants to be a writer is discipline.”

– Ayelet Waldman (Author of Love and Treasure, Red Hook Road, & Daughter’s Keeper)

An Excerpt

Ayelet Waldman (Love & Treasure)

“In the end the real wealth of the Hungarian Jewish community had not been packed in crates and boxes and loaded onto that train.

What is the value to a daughter of a single pair of Sabbath candlesticks passed down from her mother and grandmother before her, generation behind generation, for a hundred, even a thousand, years? Beyond price, beyond measure. And what of ten thousand pairs of similar candlesticks, when all the grandmothers, mothers, and daughters are dead?

No more than the smelted weight of the silver. The wealth of the Jews of Hungary, of all of Europe, was to be found not in the laden boxcars of the Gold Train but in the grandmothers and mothers and daughters themselves, in the doctors and lawyers, the grain dealers and psychiatrists, the writers and artists who had created a culture of sophistication, of intellectual and artistic achievement. And that wealth, everything of real value, was all but extinguished.”

A Discipline/Habit to Implement

Here are three effective and practical strategies to enhance your discipline as a writer… 

  1. Write everyday or in regular scheduled writing sessions (I do more of the latter).
  2. Read every day. 
  3. Stop focusing solely on talent and comparison and let yourself enjoy the process (personally the hardest discipline to master). 

Let’s embrace these challenges. We are in this together!

Put Pen to Paper this week and have fun!

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