Writer Resources for 2017, Post #3
This post is the third in a series of posts to help you write whatever you want (or need) to write, is focused on developing the habit of writing.
Writing consistently, and writing a lot, isn’t a super power. It isn’t something you can order from Amazon (although wouldn’t that be cool?). Prolific writers aren’t actually special. Writers who consistently write content are able to do so because they sit down to write.
Habits, specifically the habit of writing, is developed one day at a time. Recently, I was in the gym and one of my girlfriends was back after a hiatus. She said, Not everyone has your discipline. While I appreciate the sentiment, it caused me to examine why I consistently do the things I consistently do (working out and writing among them), and it is because (drum roll): they aren’t something I do, they are a part of my identity … i.e., I do them automatically.
Each of us acts in concert with who we are, who we see ourselves being, behaving, what we know we must do. Vegetarians eat vegetables and say no to meat. Athletes go to the gym. And writers, well, writers write.
Let’s take you from I want to write to I am writing as part of your identity.
One. The first step to building part of your identity as a writer is to develop a vision. I’ll tackle visioning in a future post, but for now, write down 3-5 sentences about your vision for yourself as a writer.
Two. Next, write one simple statement about how often you want to write, and how many words (or for how long). Example: I write 500 words a day, six days a week.
Three. Finally, repeat that phrase to yourself one hundred or more times every day. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, write it at least fifteen times in your journal.
Even if you don’t write every day, or any day at first, still say your affirmation over and over every single day. Why? Because you won’t be able to affirm something over and over without eventually doing it. You’ll either stop saying it, or you’ll start writing 500 words a day six days a week.
It’s a funny thing, our subconscious mind. It turns what we tell it into the things we automatically do. I promise you will find yourself writing within thirty days. When you do, smile to yourself and then send me an email about it. And yes, it works for anything. Want to know more? There’s a book recommendation below.
That’s it for now. Next time, I’ll talk more about visioning.
Until then, happy affirming!
More Good Stuff…
~Think I’m crazy? More information about how to get yourself to do all of the things in this great book: The Power of Consistency.
~Make 2017 Your Best Year Yet! This Author Biz Podcast 2016-focused episode still works a year later.
~Facebook Groups You’ll Love… The Prosperous Author Mastermind, 20Booksto$50K (Host: Michael Anderle), and SMART Marketing for Authors (Host: Chris Syme) all provide inspirational and informational spaces for authors. Did I miss one? Let me know!
~Looking for a 5-star read? Micah Joel shares his 5-star ratings for books in 2016. Prosperity for Writers made the list!
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