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     I have always thought I was happy with my life in general, but I have always struggled with being happy with my job. This year I decided I would actually set goals for myself and am going after them with a passion. My passion is writing and teaching and I have been teaching lessons at church for a good while now, but not writing. When I am writing regularly though I feel more alive and in tune with where I am supposed to be than any other time. Due to this I have made writing my primary goal and started my own blog  http://jason-mcm.blogspot.com/  where I can begin doing what I can to change me and not just hope things get better. 

     Seeing that there are communities of people that get together to actively improve their lives in a multitude of ways encourages me to do the same.  I have to say though, if it were not for people like Dan Miller and Napoleon Hill I think I would still be under the spell of society that tells me I shouldn't expect much unless I just happen to get lucky. I want to be able to love my work and feel like I am contributing and so this is how I begin, I have set goals for myself, I have created an Idea Journal,( where I write down all my ideas so I don't forget them) and I have just started writing in my blog.

     I always loved the quote by the Stoic Philosopher Epictetus

                        "If you wish to be a writer, write."

    How simple and yet profound!

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Comment by Jason McManus on February 29, 2012 at 5:30pm

Thanks for the encouragement and I went and checked both of those sites out and I have to say Steven Pressfield's whole site looks interesting. As for the 750words.com site, I love the idea but 3 full pages? I may have to work up to that!

Comment by Bernice Coles on February 28, 2012 at 10:58pm

Jason, 


Great post. My daughter watched one of the "Sister Act" videos so much I even remember this line from Sister Mary Claire...It goes something like this...

"If you get up in the morning, and all you think about is "writing"....then you're a writer. 

Check out 750words.com. It help you in ways unknown......................all the best. 

Comment by Derek Olsen on February 28, 2012 at 4:44pm

Jason-

A great post.  

You are far from alone when it comes to exploring the difference between "being a writer" and actually writing. (meaning: there are lots of "writers" who never write)  Writing is not something you do after the house is clean, the email has been checked and the gym has been hit.  With an attitude like this, you will never write a word.  Writing is done first.  

I have a friend who has written almost 40 short stories.  He is in his mid-twenties.  He writes for FOUR HOURS EVERY MORNING.  (by hand, ya)  

Steven Pressfield says it best in "War of Art"  (my current favorite and a must read)

There's a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don't, and the secret is this:  It's not the writing part that's hard.  What's hard is sitting down to write.

Read War of Art for some motivation.  But only after you write. ;)

Best of luck.

-Derek

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