Writing Is Scary…

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…and it’s just so damn hard to sit down and do.

Why is that?

It’s hard for the same reason doing any piece of real work is hard. People have this misconception that writing is easy because all you have to do is sit on your computer and type a bunch of words in a line until… boom! You have a great story. If that were the case then anyone could make a million dollars off of the story: Jellybean Sasquatch sidewinders discombobulate.

It takes effort to put together words that actually make sense, and because only we are accountable for making ourselves write on our own time, we often find whole days – and then weeks – slipping by without having written a single word. After all, who in the world would willingly take time out of their day to sit down and solve a complex calculus problem?

For most of us out there, writing is a passion – a passion that doesn’t pay. We have day jobs because getting a day job [pays our immediate bills and] is easier than taking the leap of faith and turning our passion into a career (this goes for more than just writing). Just like many people struggle through two jobs to achieve their goal of owning their house, or sending their child to get a better education, some aspiring writers could benefit from turning writing into a second job instead of just a hobby. The end goal of working two jobs isn’t a house or college education, though. It’s the chance to turn that second job into our only job.

Watch this motivational (and funny) Ted Talk from Larry Smith to find out why you really should pursue your passion. And for those of you who don’t know or haven’t yet discovered what Ted Talks is — you’re welcome.

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