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Why You Don't Need Discipline: Secrets to Writing Every Day
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Ami Mattison
October 2010
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Ami Mattison
October 2010
I write daily, and I usually write all day, clocking as many as 10-12 hours a day. But on occasion, I daydream or engage in other creative activities and really only write for a couple of hours. Regardless, I write every day, and I produce a lot of work—some of it rubbish and some of it brilliant—but it’s all still writing. Why do I write every day? The short answer: writing is my primary occupation. Sure, I have other, better-paying gigs. I’ve been touring and performing spoken word professionally since 2002; and currently, I teach poetry in an elementary school. But writing is my full-time job. The Myth of Discipline “Wow. You must be really disciplined,” another, much younger poet recently said to me. I tried in that moment to tell her a secret: Discipline, or regimented routine, isn’t needed to write and to produce good, solid work on a consistent basis. To read the rest of the article visit poetryNprogress.

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