Best writers are disciplined. You can also be an excellent writer by developing this quality that makes great writers – Discipline. Writing is a discipline that must be cultivated. Some people believe other things must suffer in your life for you to be consistent as a writer. This is not true except you believe other things must suffer in your life if you must be consistent in taking your bath everyday.
It is only a matter of discipline. Other things don’t have to suffer for you to remain a consistent writer. What you need is an orderly lifestyle. When your life is in order, there will be place and time for everything you have to do with your life. And to maintain balance, simply cultivate the discipline.
I love to share with you 7 ways to cultivate the discipline of writing which has helped me for over a decade now that I have been writing.
1.) The Discipline of Lifestyle
Writing is a gift. Writing is a practice. Writing is a lifestyle. Learn to cultivate the discipline of writing as a lifestyle. Let it be more than a talent or practice to you. Make it a lifestyle. Make writing to be one of the kinds of life you really want to live.
2.) The Discipline of Routine
Routine is a repeated action or a sequence of action regularly followed. For instance, taking your bath is a routine. Brushing your teeth is a routine. Work is routine. Writing can also be a routine. Make writing a sequence of action regularly followed. Preferably, make it a daily routine.
3.) The Discipline of Mandate
Mandate is an official order or commission to do something. Make writing a commission given to carry out your God-given purpose on earth. See and do it as a charge committed to you.
4.) The Discipline of Love
Whatever we love, we make time for it. When you develop love for writing you can never struggle to make time for doing it.
5.) The Discipline of Stewardship
A steward is one entrusted with managing the property of another. Stewardship is an entrustment. writing is stewardship. You have been entrusted with the gift and ability given by God to shape your generation for Him. You must not fail in your stewardship. Selah!
6.) The Discipline of Self – Responsibility
Cultivate the discipline of being responsible and accountable for your stewardship. Make the right choice of deliberately committing yourself, your thoughts and feelings to writing. Be tough with yourself when you are not measuring up. Take responsibility for your ineffectiveness. Don’t allow distractions, circumstances or people to stop you. Fulfillment is the result when you take writing as a particular burden placed on you.
7.) The Discipline of Choices
You cultivate a discipline by making right choices to do what you value. Your choices reveals your love and what it means to you. What is most important to you is known by your choice per time.
I believe you will see changes as soon as you commit yourself to the lists of discipline shared with you in this article. To learn more about related article, check here to read what I wrote on Tips to develop your writing skills
THINK ON THESE THINGS…
Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It require you to connect today’s actions to tomorrow’s results. There’s a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which.
– Gary Ryan Blair
“Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation.”
“Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent.”
– James Arthur