By: Darrelyn L. TuttWriting is a lot like hiking:You have to take deliberate steps if you desire to arrive somewhere substantial.Hard work. Discipline. Strategy. Forethought. Energy. Passion. Persistence.All of these traits are developmental requirements in reaching the summits we aspire too.Utilizing a "September" acrostic,Let's gear ourselves up for a hike to the "Summit."-----S - Strategy.Create a writing goal for the month of September. Put it in writing and don't put it off.Keep it "front and center" before you and remember that, until you have a goal, it's not possible to achieve a goal.Close your eyes and view the formation of the goal as your "Writing Summit."Now you're ready to ascend!----E - Every Day.Every day rehearse your goal and take a defined and deliberate step toward the summit.A step upward is a victorious step forward. One step at a time, acknowledge the simple steps you're taking and the advancements you're making in your writing journey.This is energizing!---- P - Practice.Practice makes perfect and, persistence in it, is what sets excellence apart from mediocrity.Persist and acclimate yourself to new writing heights by "hiking" with fellow writers who have contributions to aid you with on your writing journey.Ask questions and make new discoveries through that big step called "humility" and put inot practice what "others" have learned before you.----T- Time and E - Energy. Time and Energy are precious commodities that you don't get back and which become your defining.Utilize them wisely.Make sure the steps you're taking qualify for reaching your own summit and not somebody elses.Refuse and resist the "copycat" mentality and be your own writer on your own journey.This is vital to originality, creativity, and a writer's self-respect.-----M - Methods and B - Books.Secure healthy methods as a means by which you ascend upward. Books are difficult to compete with and prove, I think, the most effective enablement and aid in fostering growth and progressive intent and movement upward one can find.Study an author who has ascended a similar "summit."If you're writing fiction ... study a top-notch fiction writer.If you're writing a biography ... study the best of biographers.Books can be returned to again and again ... and prove a wise and weighty return of investment.Make sure you're hiking with "progressive" summit climbers!-----E - Eliminate.Eliminate all that's a hindrance to the climb!Familiarize yourself with saying "no" to peoples and places that aren't a part of the summit you're aspiring to.Excellent and profitable writers, without exception, assert themselves privately and publicly by setting themselves alone and apart from others as needed in order to complete a Summit hike.Ask yourself "what" and "who" needs to be elimated from your life in order to complete the "climb" you were made for and then take action.Ouch!Expect muscle strain on this one.-----R - ResolveGood writing takes firm resolve for which there are no substitutes.The resolve to continue to the Summit when you feel "writer's block" and "muscle ache," is crucial to writing development.Every step is not an easy step and backward steps will always be a part of the journey.Resolve to continue when the way seems exceptionally lonely, difficult, and frustrating.Resolve to continue when others discourage, dishearten, and disappoint you.Resolve to continue when your mind feels numb and dumb and your pen feels paralyzed.Resolve to complete a writer's journey to the "Summit" no matter what!"Don't stop when you're tired,Stop when you're done."-Unknown.-----A "Summit" view is an empowering view and those "chosen" writers who ascend and reach it, never forget it.Indeed, it merely fosters and fuels the energy for a Summit of a new name.Keep moving upward,Keep moving forward .... September's Summit is calling you and the "climb" is yours to make.Take one more step.
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