Author Jennifer Weiner has a great section on her website. She talks about becoming a writer and the road to publication. Number six on her list is quite interesting and I think is possibly the missing ingredient in my writing career. She says that if you want to be a writer, you need to, of all things, GET A DOG. Gasp.
" Being a dog owner requires a similar form of discipline. You wake up every morning. You walk the dog. You do this whether you're tired, depressed, broke, hung over, or have been recently dumped. You do it. And while you're walking, you're thinking about plot, or characters, or that tricky bit of dialogue that's had you stumped for days. You're out in the fresh air. Your legs are moving. Your dog is sniffing the butts of other dogs. It gives you a routine, a physical rhythm, a loyal companion, and a way to meet new people when you're in a new place. It gets your body used to doing the same thing at the same time – and if you're walking the dog for half an hour at the same time of every day, it's an easy step to go sit in front of the computer and create for half an hour at the same time every day. So go to your local pound or rescue organization, and get a dog. Trust me. You'll be glad you did."
Oh Jennifer, Jennifer, Jennifer. Anyone that knows me, knows that this isn't a possibility. I'm the anti-animal person. I can't even keep a Webkin or my iFluff Pandy alive on my iPhone. It's hopeless. My discipline will simply have to come from another source.
But for the rest of you, take her advice. Head out this weekend, rescue a dog and become a writer. The world will thank you.