As I see it, because I’ve studied quite a bit on this, my day goes off the rails pretty much as soon as I get out of bed. Sometimes it is a kind day so I can get through a cup of coffee and morning news before things start a-changin’ and my plans disappear like morning dew in the summer’s heat.
Because I’m fortunate enough to have a career that is non-conventional in that I am completely in charge of the hours I work and what I accomplish, I am fairly well disciplined. When people ask me the key to making a living as a writer – which is similar to making a living as an artist who paints canvases – I replied, “Do it. Write. Don’t just think about it.”
Therefore, I’m disciplined. Especially when I consider that the alternative is getting up early, dressing, fighting traffic and sitting in an office for a prescribed amount of time, I buckle down and get to it. Often at night, I make a list of business things for the next day which will include topics for columns I want to write, book proposal research, television projects that Tink and I might be doing together, speaking engagement matters and bookkeeping.
Ronda Rich, Columnist
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