"This is your life, your work, your family, your friends.
All of these things are like plates of food in front of you,
and you’re getting so caught up in what’s next,
your food is getting cold.
I say, eat it all up! It will sustain you."
I tell myself something very similar when I get out of bed every morning to write. It doesn't matter how late we were up the night before, I bully myself out of bed at six and write until noon. The scheduled is new for me. I've only done it for a little more than a week.
Of course, I stole it from Isaac Asimov. He wrote over 400 books in 40 years. I figure if it worked for him, it would work for me. So far, it's been amazing.
I've had to do something this drastic because I have so much to writing do this year. Adding the Queen of Cool to my writing schedule (Denver Cereal and the Alex the Fey thrillers) is... overwhelming and fabulous. (Most authors are considered prolific if they write ONE book a year. I'm need to get four done this year. Eep!) With this concentrated time, I can get some real writing done. I spend the afternoons working on marketing, editing, relationships, and deliverables.
If I'm completely honest, I started doing this after I received some advice from Seth Godin. He says he learned it from Zig Ziglar. It's the first rule of doing work that matters - Go to work on a regular basis. It was Seth who told me about Isaac Asimov. Of course, I didn't learn this from a private conversation with Seth. I heard it on the link above. It's from another one of his fabulous books, Poke the Box
What the advice that gets you out of bed in the morning? What advice matters to you most?