I’m working on my Susannah Conway packet from the previous year and going through days 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 on the way to selecting a word for the year; I’m jotting notes on paper and on the computer and diligently thinking deep thoughts. Then I happen to look down at my netbook and see my latest Nanowrimo sticker, which reads “time to write.” It is, isn’t it. It’s time. Time to make time to write. Write now, right now.
My forever-issue is that I’m terrible with consistency. I can do big colorful bursts of new happy fun fun pizzazz, but my habit always runs out and I’m left in a field of wildflowers wondering when and where it was I went off the tracks. So I go into a stream of consciousness jotting jag, flipping through the best “motivational quotes” Google images can throw at me. Trying to get to the core of what it is I want to do with my year, how I want to focus my energy:
Repeat. Try again. Restart. Begin again. Keep going. Keep on keepin’ on. Be brave. Reach for the stars. “Make it so.” Persist. Persevere. Stay the course. Hold fast. Be stubborn. Hang tough (you are strong enough). KEEP ON. “Stay on target!” Keep on striving. STRIVE. Fail better. “Pain is a doorway.” Failure is a doorway? “Good things happen when you go for it.” Do it, just do it. (Yesterday you said today.) In for a penny, in for a pound. Give it your all. “Find what you love and let it kill you.” Work hard. Percolate! Commit to the page. Do the work. GRIND.
And that’s the word that resonates like a gong, and I feel YES in response to this discovery. I want to work hard. I want to keep going when the going gets tough. I want to cut the crap (of excuses why I’m not writing; of excess words from my writing). I want to put my shoulder to the wheel, nose to the grindstone, and make something more focused, more honed, as a result.
- to wear, smooth, or sharpen by abrasion or friction; whet.
- to be polished or sharpened by friction.
- Informal. to work or study laboriously (often followed by away).
- Digital Technology. (in a video game) to perform a monotonous task repeatedly in order to advance a character to a higher level or rank.
related words for grind
reduce; task, routine, groove