Creating the Writer's Life, Part 2

Part 2...
Intention: Do you have it?

Morgan Mandell said something after the first posting that had me mulling it over for the rest of the day. She said that she needed to put more effort into her endeavors and described her writing as a hobby. Sorry for picking on you Morgan, you are very sweet...

But (as you already know) I don't agree.

I think that just because my writing isn't the job that pays the bills that doesn't mean that I should consider it nothing more than a hobby. Any time that you put effort continuously into something, intention into action... it is more than a mere hobby.

Which brings me to todays questions:

What is it that you want?
What is it that you need?
What are the things that are standing in the way of your wants?
What can you do to get what you need?

Doing something with intention means making a conscious effort toward a goal. Writing one sentence, one page, one chapter... these are acts of intention.

If you answered that you want to be a published author, then you need to understand what the intention behind this desire would be. Do you actively learn your craft? Do you have a goal that you want to realize? Have you written that first sentence, paragraph, page?

So, what is it that you need? Time, money... in my case it's usually a bit of peace and quiet in order for me to focus on my writing. There is also my need to start saying "no" whenever someone wants me to do something. All these things rob me of my ability to create my writer's life. Keep in mind that the word selfish gets a bad rap. We program ourselves to be everything to everyone... usually, everyone save ourselves.

So this brings us to the things that are standing in our way. Think of it this way... needs are usually something material, physical or emotional that stands in the way of what we want. If you want to be a writer, but you don't have the money for a computer, then you need to find a way to get those words out. I started out on a typewriter (yes, I'm that old) and then I went to a word processor and then to an ancient desktop that I bought from a friend for $100. This was before Windows and Word. I didn't get far with that. But what I've found 0ver the years is that if I believed in what I was doing then somehow those beliefs or intentions would provide what I needed. Paper was always plentiful... even when computers were not.

And that brings us to the last question... what can you do to get what you want?
If it's time you need then you have to decide if your intention is strong enough to warrant your getting up an extra hour early, or staying up late. I worked 3-11pm for 7 years. After a 2o minute ride home I'd go home and write for an hour or so. I survived several years on 4 to 5 hours of sleep and managed it just fine. (Just don't ask my family how it was.)

The rather round-about point of this discussion on intention is this... Intention is action and any action or effort that you put into your writing defines your work as a more than a mere hobby. Give yourself credit for your actions. You deserve it.

So, what are your intentions toward your writing for the day?


Anonymous said...

I think every author should consider this very carefully before going into any partnership with any publisher.

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Teagan Oliver said...

Awwww, Karen... you are just too nice! Believe me, I appreciate the compliments and the award!


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