Personally, I hate that commercial. You know the one - skinny people jogging, jumping, exercising, and looking so fit and happy that all of us less than fit people feel like slugs. The fact that I hate the commercial doesn't mean its message isn't true. Half the battle for exercise-lacking humanity is that we think our fitness plans to death. We get up in the morning thinking about jogging (and not liking the thought), or thinking about playing a game of football with our sons (and liking that idea even less), thinking about the fifty sit-ups that will firm our abs (and abhorring that idea with every fiber of our out of shape being). Somewhere around noon, we realize we've spent half the day thinking about exercising and absolutely no time doing it. So, we spend another four hours thinking about the reasons why we spend so much time thinking and not much time doing. By the time we head to bed, we've utilized several million brain cells, but haven't moved from our front porch. Yep. I hate the commercial, but it's a good one.
What's this have to do with writing? Well, I find that many writers (myself included) spend more time thinking and talking about writing than we actually spend doing it. We're either the over-analyzing type frozen in place by our insecurity (yes, that would be me), or we're the groupie type (no offense to anyone who believes he or she may fit this), so busy with our writing groups and critique groups we don't have time for our writing. Let me preface this by saying there is absolutely nothing wrong with analyzing our writing, joining critique groups, or spending time with other writers. Doing those things has the potential to make us better writers. The danger is in letting those things become the goal rather than using them as tools to reach our goals. If we spend our time planning, thinking and talking we can not achieve our potential as writers. To write well, we must write. Thus, my title - just do it.
I bring this up as a reminder to myself more than to anyone who might be reading. However, I do believe that what one of us struggles with, many are struggling with. So, I challenge you to check your schedules, mark your calendars, and set your goals. Don't be afraid to reach beyond what you think you can do. If you write for a half hour a day, challenge yourself to double that amount. If you go by word count, add a few hundred words to your goal. Push yourself to achieve the potential God has laid in the foundation of you. Then check in and tell me how things are going. I fully expect to hear great and wonderful reports!