I've been sick since Thursday, which means everything kind of stopped for a while. I edited two chapters last night, which puts me about halfway through my manuscript. The [writing] goals I set for myself are pretty unbelievable sometimes, but I get stuff done. And that's the whole point.
I've recently decided that Kevin Smith's Mallrats is one of my favorite movies. I've always respected Smith as an artist, but a recent blog post of his gave me a new appreciation for him. Smith states: "You gotta start with the idea - and not just the idea for the story/movie/novel/installation/song/podcast/whatever. You gotta start with the idea that you can do this - something that’s not normally done by everybody else." As a writer this really hits home. I hear people say all the time that they want to write a novel someday. Do they think there's some top-secret club they have to join - that they have to learn the secret handshake before they can start? Just sit down and do it, people.
What do you care about? Or rather, what do you spend the majority of your time doing? If you want to be a writer [or whatever], then you have to make time for writing. If you think you don't have enough time for it, that's an excuse. MAKE time, or please stop whining about it. I used to spend my free time baking cookies and doing crafts. I went through this phase where I was tie-dyeing t-shirts like mad. And then somewhere along the way writing became more important than all that other stuff. I'd still like to do that other stuff, but there are only so many hours in the day. And I choose writing. I hope that if you have something in your life that you truly love, you're choosing it, too. Because if we're not investing our time in something we actually care about, then what's the point of anything?