Over the years, I’ve met people who claimed to have wanted to become writers. But they wrote little or nothing. Their excuses were many and varied, ranging from “I’m waiting for the right inspiration to begin” to “I still need to do a little more research.” My response to those excuses was less than sympathetic, and sometimes downright profane.

People like that aren’t serious about writing. They like the idea of being a writer, but aren’t willing or able to put in the hard work necessary to achieve the goal of actually becoming a writer.

If you are serious, or if you’re a working writer who’s in a bit of a rut, you can do worse than reading this blog post. It’s seven great pieces of advice on how to get writing done. No magic bullets here. Just a swift kick to your motivation.