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How to Make the Writing Life work for You

More than 80% of people express a desire to write a book. About 2% of those people achieve this goal.

Sean P. Durham
5 min readAug 31, 2021


To write a book, or an article each day, or twice a week, all of it is motivated by a goal that you have set yourself.

Goals need clarity, they need nurturing, and they need constant attention. How are your writing goals doing?

Writing is like a business. You run it, write it, you use your desire coupled with self-discipline to get things done. That’s how it moves and develops.

You don’t take no for an answer, because you know that there is always a solution to a problem set.

Writers who quit, give up, or find a good reason to stop striving for their goal normally do so because they didn’t take their motivations to write seriously enough.

They didn’t see it as a serious, integral part of their life.

Writers need grit and determination. Those are the writers who succeed.

Most people who start a business know that they will have to invest time and money into their enterprise. So, they make sure they’ve got their soldiers lined up before starting a campaign.

A commercial business, or writing regularly, is a serious attempt to achieve a long term goal as writer, it takes a lot of guts and determination. In other words, it isn’t easy.

A writer should line up their soldiers. To go deep, and think clearly about why you want to write. “When you know why, you can bear any how” Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher.

With a well set plan, one that comes up from the heart of yourself, your real desires and needs met, you can achieve the goal of becoming a full time writer. It is really up to you.

If you understand the reason why you want to write, if you have dug deep into your thoughts and discovered that ‘wow!’ moment, which makes you realise that if you don’t write, you will be unhappy, then you will understand that how is now your focus point.

Your personal capacity to work, daily, weekly, at weekends. This is your choice. But you know that when you are honest, and you work at writing according to…



Sean P. Durham

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