Keli is an extremely organized person who can stay on top of two blogs, writing, editing, critiquing, reviewing, and encouraging other writers in their quest for publication. Katie works a full time job as a teacher, has a young toddler to chase after, and yet gets up at 4 a.m. every morning to write her stories. Talk about discipline! And Jody...well, Jody is a mother of five children, whom she home schools. She juggles teaching, an incredible blog, and keeping a home for her family. I've also noticed that these young ladies are slender--another testament to their self-control.
Writing is hard work. It takes super-human effort to not only write a book, but edit it and edit it again...and again. It takes discipline, determination, and perseverance.
This doesn't bode well for me.
I am not a disciplined person. I can be focused, but it is on one thing at a time. I may focus on my blog. I may focus on critiquing. I may focus on Facebook. I may focus on keeping the house straight...well, not really for any length of time. I can focus-but to the exclusion of all else. And when I think something is beyond my ability, then I procrastinate and avoid that something like it was the plague.
And therein lies the problem. I think editing my book is beyond my capability. But I'll never be a writer if I can't edit. I know...just do it, you say. I know, I know. You are right. I should. And I am trying, in that I joined a large crit group. It is just slow going, and having to crit other's work while working on mine (and working full time) is overwhelming.
So I've begun praying 2 Timothy 1:7.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
God's Spirit works inside of us, giving up power. Giving us love. Giving us self-discipline! Yes! There is hope. There is encouragement in those words for those of us who are not naturally wired that way. We can overcome. We can live in that power, that love, that self-discipline.
Are you one of those lucky people who are naturally blessed with the propensity toward self-discipline or do you find yourself lacking in that area?