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~ By Lori Beard-Daily, Author of Destination D.

Being a diligent writer isn’t easy.  You’ve got to stay the course, remain focused, and minimize any distraction that will prohibit you from accomplishing your goals. Whether your goal is to write the next bestseller, or you just write for sheer enjoyment, you have to persevere and remain confident that your diligence will provide you with your end result. Think about this: If you were persistent in writing diligently every day, how much closer would you be toward fulfilling your purpose as a writer?

Each of us has the same amount of time in a day. But, it’s what we do with our time that sets us apart from those who accomplish their goals versus those who never do. Each day, we need to make a conscious effort to set aside time to do what we need to do for ourselves. That’s right—WRITE!  It’s no different than making the time to eat, drink, drive, go to work, sleep (you get the point). In other words, being a diligent writer has to be embedded in our everyday lives. Being a diligent writer has to become a habit.  It needs to be written on our calendars, programmed on our computers, stored in our cellphones, or spoken out loud to ourselves every day. In other words, do whatever works for you—just be diligent!

Stay the course. Plan your time to include what is important to you. Here’s an idea: Step out and write about something daring that you have been thinking about doing but have never been diligent enough in your efforts to try. That’s right, write outside of your comfort zone. Be diligent about doing something different. I challenge you to try it just once!  What’s the worst thing that can happen? You may even enjoy it.

So, what’s keeping you from being diligent, really? Is it not having enough time, or is it something else like fear, self-doubt, or the possibility of failure?

Some of the greatest success stories have come about because people were diligent and believed in themselves when no one else would. You’ve heard of J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, and Oliver Stone? They are among several successful people who didn’t succeed right off the bat. The one thing they all had in common? You guessed it. Diligence!

Lori Beard-Daily is a speaker, motivator, playwright, and public relations expert. She posts regularly on her blog, Working On Your Now. Her debut novel, Destination D is nominated for the 48th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Awards in the “First Novel” category.