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"Get It Done" = Writing tip from Steve Donoghue

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Steve Donoghue is a book nut who discusses books and writing on his YouTube channel, and in this video, he encourages writers to start their NaNoWriMo with something I found encouraging -- and I hope it'll encourage other writers whether they're doing NaNoWriMo or not.

"Get it done." Set a word goal and just get it done. If it's 2,000 words a day, then write 2,000 words. Don't fret over how good they are, or if the grammar is correct...or anything about it, really. Just get it done. That's the goal: get it done, not right.

Another encouraging quote I found that comes not from him, but from a long-dead Roman Emperor:

“Do what nature demands. Get a move on--if you have it in you--and don't worry whether anyone will give you credit for it. And don't go expecting Plato's Republic; be satisfied with even the smallest progress, and treat the outcome of it all as unimportant.” - Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor from 161-180 AD in his personal journals.

Just get it done, and don't expect yourself to be the next Plato. You don't have to be the next Plato.

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  1. bdcharles's Avatar
    I struggle with NaNoWriMo because just getting it done is not enough for me. It must be as good as it can be right out of the gate, because the style, the content, all of it, all matter. Of course this means my output is less than others' but that's ok.
  2. Theglasshouse's Avatar
    I think despite my skills performance and efforts that have been here and there.That it's the best to schedule time in the morning. As programming time is important to time management for writing. On some days I feel a but of guilt finding time management at night. It's battling with the clock and my ego. For example, I need to exercise regularly. By 6:30 I will have free time, eat dinner, and that's considered cramming time as in little time for me. I have to do the rest of my obligations, and I end up at 8:00. Which is the only time I can write. But lifestyle is important, you need to schedule time to take care of yourself. I glanced at 4:00 and made it a goal to exercise at 5:00. Since I am sensitive to digestion problems and an elliptical bicycle can be strenuous exercise for me. Even logging off and on the computer can be a chore for me since its hard to get a conversation going with family to make sure I have managed to isolate a bit unintentionally since technology makes them into "zombies" if you will. And you need to stay exercising or one day if you seem to be overweight you'll get health problems.
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