By Kathy Cannon Wiechman
Jane Yolen calls it BIC (Butt In Chair), but in my circle, it’s known as AC/WP or Ass in Chair/Words on Paper. I admit, in these days when many published works never see actual paper, we ought to change the P to Page.
What writers call it doesn’t matter. The important thing is to DO it. The first rule to becoming a writer is to write. Whether you write every day or once a week, whether you sit down and write 50,000 words in one month, you have to write.
I have met people at writers’ conferences and workshops who describe a story they want to tell or an event or person from history they want to preserve in a written work. “It would be a shame for this to never be told,” they have said to me. And yet, they haven’t written a single sentence.
Getting published isn’t easy, but it’s impossible if the story is still in the idea stage.
It doesn’t matter how brilliant your idea is or how much talent you have. If you don’t put your A in the C and get the W on the P, there will be no story.
So don’t tell me about the story you want to write. Write it! AC/WP!
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