I’ve mentioned here and there that I am an aspiring novelist.
In particular, I’ve had a half a novel banging around in my life for a good two years now. I never seem to find the perfect, star-aligned moment of quiet, inspiration, momentum and, most of all, time to get the thing done. As far as I can tell, actually finishing a novel is one of the hardest things in the universe. It’s Everest. I know there’s a top, but I have a good chance of dying before I reach it.
A while back, I asked advice of a writing group on Facebook that I belong to. “How do you finish a novel?” I asked. “What’s the secret?”
Being of good humor as this group of authors often is, one stepped out with THE SECRET OF FINISHING A NOVEL – no doubt handed down throughout the ages from writer to writer. “Are you ready for this?” he asked. “Here it is:”
The secret is Butt in Chair. Write. Write until it is done.
I laughed, pouted and a little and admitted he was right. When it comes to hard stuff, the only way is through.
If you want to success, you have to get to work.
My party schedule is looking a little bleak at the moment. There’s only one way out of this. I have to ask for parties. I know this and yet, I’ve found several things to distract myself with over the past few days. Today though, thinking of “Butt in Chair”, I realize there is nothing for it. I have to sit down and book parties – make phone calls, send some text, look for vendor shows.
I have to get to business because things aren’t going to happen spontaneously.
If I want to finish that book, it’s “Butt in Chair” until it is done.
If I want to make some money, it’s “Butt in Chair” until the parties are booked.
Same with hostess coaching, sponsoring, team production. “Butt in Chair” and get to work.