Recently, I read this post on Daily Writing Tips about how often the word ‘deserve’ is misused. It stresses that the word should be as used in relation to someone earning something, being worthy of something or being entitled to something. And I agree with that being the correct usage of the word. Today, though, I’m not going to follow their advice, while I think of and write about all the good you deserve as a writer!
The Good You Deserve As A Writer
Dedicate yourself to the good you deserve and desire for yourself.– Mark Victor Hansen
You might not think you’ve earned this or are entitled to it, but as a writer you absolutely deserve:
- To be able to express yourself just the way you want to. Don’t worry about form, grammar, coherence – just write. This is why I find the Morning Pages such a freeing exercise. I just write and feel ‘heard’ by my #1 reader – me!
- To have time to write every day. Stephen King says if you write only 300 words a day – a page – at the end of the year, you’ll have enough material for a novel! Surely you can get at least 15 minutes of time to write every day.
- To have quiet time to write and reflect. This is something you owe yourself. Get up just half hour before you do now and it will work out.
- To have your family or the people you live with give you the space to write. Now this is a tough one. . Tell the significant others in your life that you will be writing at a particular time every day and they’re not to disturb you. I know there will be emergencies and times this won’t work. But it’s something you have to be firm about. When people realize that you are committed to your writing, they’ll find a way to give you the space you need.
- To have access to resources and material. What do you need for your writing? Stationery. It needn’t be expensive. A working internet connection. Again that’s affordable. Thankfully there are plenty of free resources for writers out there. But if you can afford it, then sign up for courses and programmes that help you improve your writing. You deserve it.
- To have a space to write. Not always easy to have your own space, but you can get creative with this, just like my friend, Tulika did. Read her post The Write Space to find out more.
- To have a community of readers and other writers. This again is a difficult one. But it’s something you owe yourself. You need a community to read your writing, to motivate you, to critique what you write. If you can’t find one that fits, create one.
These are just some of the things that occurred to me in the 5 minutes. Do you have anything more to add to the list?
Linking in to Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday prompt : Listen