I like the fact that the root of the word discipline is also the root of disciple. Which brings me to an interesting correlation between the two – following rules. Where they differ, however, prompts rumination. Discipline brings the connotation of force, whereas disciple brings the connotation of desire. Of willingness.
This morning it occurred to me that I needed to make some writing rules. After studying my writing habits I discovered my best writing time was in the morning (with the exception of non-fiction – I do that best in the afternoon and evening), yet that has not been enough to get me writing in my best writing time. I realised I’ve been whittling away my precious biorhythmic window with other things, hence the need to write myself some rules.
1. No internet before I’ve written.
2. Write first thing after breakfast.
3. Plan what I’m going to write, or set myself a specific task to do.
Pretty easy really. They are my 3 commandments, which is another point of connection between discipline and disciple. But how do I get myself to be more of a disciple and less of a sheep who is beaten into submission by fear of internal punishment or chastisement? Or how can I blend the two ideas into my writing so that I become a disciple of my discipline, a disciplined writer?
That is the question.