BUTT in the SEAT: A Writer’s Technique

Jeremiah —  March 9, 2010 — 9 Comments


Today, I’d like to introduce you to our new and completely original method for improving your writing.  This is the answer that you have been searching for.  Forget Save the Cat.  Forget Story by Robert McKee.

The Daws Brothers proudly present…

Butt in the Seat.

For 3 low payments of only $99.95, we will show you the ins and outs of our new technique.

You’ll learn these principles –

  • If you want to be a writer, WRITE!
  • Pick a time to write EVERY DAY and STICK TO IT!
  • Don’t wait for the muse to visit. (She’ll eat all your food anyway.)
  • Excuses are for failures and non-writers
  • Set hard deadlines
  • Professional writers write every day – so why don’t you?
  • Put your BUTT in the SEAT and write!

Oh wait.  I think I just shared the entirety of this system.  Well, you get it for free.  Congratulations.  But feel free to send money if this helps.

All kidding aside, the only way to become a writer is to put your butt in the seat every day and write.  Josh and I fought this for years.  We always waited till we were inspired and subsequently didn’t produce much.

But, since we started writing together for 4 hours EVERY DAY, we’ve seen our creativity and productivity increase exponentially.  And because the only way to get good at anything is through practice, we’re actually seeing a VAST improvement in our writing.

Don’t get me wrong, it is still hard.  But we’re proving to ourselves that we can do this for a living.

Right now, we’re working on an action-thriller that is close to being finished.  We already know the next 2 or 3 projects we’re going to work on after this.  All because we decided at the beginning of the year to quit playing around and get serious.

One side note – we don’t watch as much TV or play as much X-box anymore.  But it’s all about priorities.  Do you want to write professionally or goof off?  The choice is yours.

So, what excuses are you using to get out of writing?



9 responses to BUTT in the SEAT: A Writer’s Technique

  1. I’d like to add two reasons a writer needs to put his “butt in the seat”: 1. Writers write; and, 2. Writers rewrite.

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