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The slumbering beast stirs

Ramit Sethi · March 7th, 2007

I’m not dead, just busy. We have a board meeting for PBwiki this week and things have been a little hectic.

Things I’m working on for iwillteach:

On a sidenote, I was up till 5am the other night writing the book, and I started clicking around online and basically trying to avoid work. I was feeling very writerish that night, so I stumbled upon this interview with John Grisham. The interviewer asks something like, “What’s your one secret to writing?” Grisham replies, “Write every day, no matter what.”

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Hmm…not a sensationalistic trick, just consistency. Sounds familiar!!

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11 Comments

 
  1. Miguel

    Excellent! I was beginning to have withdrawals.

    ^_^

  2. Jennifer Lynn

    Consistent writing is the only way to gain that much-needed momentum. Us writers also tend to be brilliant procrastinators.

    =^..^=

  3. davidjmedlock

    I believe Dan Kennedy said the same thing. He would block out a specific time every single day and spend that time writing, whether it was a book, article, newsletter, etc.

    Looking forward to the book!

  4. Jonathan Hernandez

    I didn’t realize that you haven’t reviewed “Millionaire…” yet. I would have thought you had done that a long time ago. It was that book that actually got me really thinking about personal finance and the decisions I make everday, which eventually led me to read your blog!

  5. Alex Gierus

    I’m interested to see if you have a unique insight into the book that the other reviews don’t have.

  6. Most professional writers use that trick…writing every day. Novel writers usually even have a minimum 500 words. Doesn’t matter if its good, bad, or otherwise, merely writing is the key.

  7. That was actually a pretty interesting interview, I wasn’t expecting to make it through all 20-someodd minutes.

  8. sfordinarygirl

    I’ve heard the same piece of advice about writing – just keep doing it and after awhile it’ll become easier.

    One of my favorite columnists compiled some great writing quotes. http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=52&aid=115841

    http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=52&aid=105980

  9. Bob McClellan

    Re: One secret to writing

    I believe that W.Somerset Maugham and also Hemingway used that same idea, write everyday.

  10. Mike Luehr

    It is that same way with any major job, wheather it’s spring cleaning, building a project, reading the Bible, or employment: steadily plugging away at it for a certain amount of time on a daily basis will eventually get the desired results. No procrastination!

  11. How to start a clothing line from scratch

    as simple as it sounds I think that could be true…”just write everyday no matter what”