Photo Credit: Hanna Fadilla,

It was a chilly morning. The sun was still hidden in darkness. As I turned in my warm bed and tucked into my blankets I heard my dad calling to my brothers one by one, and then to me, telling us it was time to get up, get dressed, and head out to the truck.

This morning was no different than any other harvest day. My family got up one by one in the pre-dawn hours preparing to go out into the fields and pick ears of fresh corn.

I pulled on my jeans, my sweatshirt, and then tied the laces of my tennis shoes. The crickets had long gone to sleep, and the only movement was the truck we were riding in, and the stirring of a dust whirl it left behind as we moved down the road, teasing the silence that hung in the air.

Grabbing five burlap bags from the bed of the pick-up, my fingers gently pushed the burlap corners of each bag into the belt loops of my jeans.

There’s a rhythm to picking corn ready for market, and a knowing that comes naturally when selecting the perfect ear of corn. As I quickly moved down each cornrow I grasped an ear–pulling it up–feeling a perfectly formed ear of corn, and then pulling it down off the stalk.

The bed of the truck was brimming with corn in no time, overflowing in burlap bags, ready to go to market.

Rising in those early morning hours instilled a work ethic that’s with me today.

Dad taught me that the early bird truly catches the worm and working hard brings results that are earned.

Consistent Practices Writers Can Do to Create Dynamic Content

1) The early bird catches the worm.

Depending on what time of day you call your finest moment to generate your best writing, the early hours of the morning just may be your most creative time. Besides, getting up to write while others are still asleep has numerous benefits.

2) Writing in a distraction-free zone.

An early rise means little to no distraction. The phone doesn’t usually ring early in the day. It’s a peaceful and calm time to write. It’s also a great time to get a jump on your day, giving you additional hours to accomplish more writing.

3) Wake your brain up and start writing.

Grab yourself your favorite hot beverage and roll out your imagination.

4) Working hard.

When you work hard it means you exceed expectations and you persist without giving up.

Writing’s a labor of love and it involves dedication and desire, along with considerable hard work. Having a strong work ethic was something I was raised on. It has helped me throughout life to be the best I can be.

Maintain a positive attitude and hold the space for a consistent writing time by scheduling several days of your week that are non-negotiable. These set days are designated for writing only.

Here’s your invitation:

Set up several non-negotiable writing days, or commit to marking off a couple hours, two days a week to move your writing forward. Remember, this time is yours.

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Photo Credit: Hanna Fadilla,