Want to be a writer? Discipline your mind

I watched this motivational message from Will Smith this morning and I believe his advice in this video applies to any art form, particularly to writing, and any eventual success story. I have heard so many people say “I want to write a book.”

Discipline is key to this process. I am editing book three and it takes hard work and determination and a huge level of discipline. Book two was easier because it was a selection of short stories. These in themselves still take discipline to write and edit. It’s a marathon rather than a sprint, or a long cold pint rather than a vodka shot.

Will Smith, successful actor, producer, rapper, comedian, and songwriter, has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards. He has stared in numerous blockbuster films and was ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes.

He says that people tell him they want to be an actor but that 99% of people who say that are not willing to do what it takes to make their dreams come true. At the centre of bringing any dream into fruition is self discipline.

So many people tell me that they want to write a book and I would ask if they think they have the discipline to sit down and write for hours

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