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The Discipline Factor
By Julie A. Pierce
March, 2007, 16:40

Yes, that's what it's all about, folks. Discipline.

OK there's more to it than simply that; but discipline does account for the majority weight for whether you succeed or fail as a writer. So how disciplined are you?

Part of discipline is commitment. It's in the execution of discipline that you demonstrate your level of commitment. Having dreams or goals is a good place to start, but if you want to move from start to middle to end, you've got to do more than dream. This is where the discipline comes in.

In the words of our cover author, Lisa Scottoline, you have to "apply [your] butt to a chair" and write. If the backside is not in the chair, the writing cannot happen. First step first, followed by next step writing. Another key to the successful approach in applying the rear end to the chair is remaining in the chair until you have achieved a preset goal for your writing. And these are just a couple of the gems that this best-selling author has to share.

Can you move from dream to commitment to discipline? If so, you've come to the right place for inspiration, support, and encouragement when your tush won't stick to the seat. We can't make you sit down, but we can help you with the next steps the research, the writing, the querying, finding an agent, finding inspiration, suggesting ways to deal with the realities of distraction and interference. That's what we do here at IN.

A self-dubbed "cowboy poet," Doug Foshee and nonfiction author Sharon Shaw Elrod come to us courtesy of for INside Authors. Anne Allen pens a poem to help us remember what to avoid when trying to impress an agent. Jennifer Edelson continues to elucidate the value of fact checking, while Peggy Bechko weighs the pros and cons of attending writers' conferences.

If you need a little help appreciating the richness of your life read, "challenges to your writing career posed by the reality of your life" Ken Robinson gives you reason to get out of bed and embrace what comes your way. You'll want to engage with life in a whole new way for the enhancement of your writing.

Every considered trade-outs? Me neither. To be honest, I didn't know what they were till I read Helen Dunn Frame's article. As usual, she broadens our horizons with INstruction.

There's nothing worse than flat fiction. Rowdy Rhodes explains how to transport readers to a fictional world with a landscape of sensory texture. On the flip side, I offer up some guidance on writing persuasive pieces in our Nonfiction section. See if these fives steps can empower your ability to influence.

When creating a screenplay, where do you begin in your head or on the page? J. R. Kambak explores the meshing and mixing of the mental and physical processes of creation.

See the world like a poet with the six steps that Charles Ghigna uses in his craft, then have a look at the results they can yield as exemplified in the selection of poems from Speaking In Tongues.

Bolster your boldness with Char Milbrett's Top 10 resources to fortify you against your writing fears. And if the fear or pain of rejection is getting you down, Joan Nuebauer has the skinny on subsidy publishing, packaging your work well, and building your platform. Paul Hooper-Kelly tells us how to get your artcle noticed and read, and how to use it to lead readers to your website for more.

Three references that can support your writing are reviewed this month by Brenda Jenkins Kleager. Check out what she has to say about them. They may come in handy when you are filing your new role as a TV producer. Gene Lenore let's us in on the industry trend that favours skilful writing.

Lori Myers tells us about the powerful and important "P" word. I'll give you a clue: it goes hand-in-hand with discipline. And we've already acknowledge the importance of that. Apply the "P" to the "D," and you'll create success.

Torrey Meeks lays out the next step in establishing yourself with the trades. Hit it out of the park by following his words of wisdom.

Penelope Jensen looks into the spelling bee phenomenon and finds some fascinating facts. Mark London pays homage to a Canadian feminist and the legacy she has left to women everywhere.

Within these pages, find what you need to feed your discipline.

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