Why Writers Should Remove “I Plan to…” From our Vocabularies

I have a lot of plans. You probably do as well. If you are like me, you probably have so many plans you don’t have time for them all.

Writing can often take a back seat. We’d love to get up in the morning but we have to get kids ready for school and head to work. We’d love to stay up late and pour into our stories but alas our free time is from 1159pm to 12am.

Prioritizing can be a major issue. But we all have the same amount of time as the great writers of old. Perhaps even more. We don’t have to go and fetch water from a well like some of them did.

My problem is psychological. All of my friends can stop laughing now, but I truly mean it. The reason for this is when I plan something, it’s like I have already done it. If you don’t believe me, see the Ted Talk below.

I agree with most of this, but telling a few trusted people (usually my writers group) is helpful for accountability’s sake.

From now on, I no longer “plan to” do anything. I will use the words “I am,” when talking about my projects. And, hopefully, this change of mind will help me know I am on a path to get somewhere and that means putting in the work to get there.

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