Need Writing Discipline or is it Something Else?
As a writer, and in the role of writing coach, I am often asked, “Do you have certain place and time that you make yourself sit down and write?” My answer is NO.
It is rare that I make myself write or struggle with “writer’s block”. But how can you quickly be in that I love to write state?
Many writers face issues with feeling like they need to make themselves write. Often, when they do create a writing discipline, such as writing at a certain time for a specified time. The pressure is often too much and they struggle to get something written. Next they struggle with ensuing guilt for not getting anything done.
Writing Discipline or Inspired Writing?
This method makes take a little more time upfront, but will ultimately have you passionately searching for 15 minutes segments to write. This is what I call inspired writing. I am an inspired writer, and I never “make” myself sit down and write. In fact, I often need to make myself stop to take a stretch, food, or bathroom break! My writing projects seem never-ending and my biggest challenge is completing one project, so I can tackle next. How can you do this? You must prepare and nurture the creative soil of your heart and soul. The best writing comes from deep inside, and if you have not prepared the depths, you might find yourself sitting at a desk with all the nice tools with nothing to say.
My Seven Top Inspired Writing Secrets
1. Never force yourself to write against your will unless you are in a job and have a deadline and your paycheck depends on it.
2. Nurture your creative spirit with daily meditation, walks, prayer, and quiet time. Breathe in and breathe out. Contemplation is what feeds your writing.
3. Make a book cover first. When writing a book, formulate your concept, find a compelling image, and use Createspace Cover Creator to make a free book cover.
4. When an idea comes to you, grab a laptop, a journal, or a paper and pencil and write it down immediately. These inspirations will fuel inspired writing.
5. Banish guilt. Replace feelings of guilt with opportunities to inspire. Guilt is a negative motivator, and the best writing comes from inspiration. Guilt can work, but for a limited time.
6. Fire the Critic: Get the real passion and real story on paper/in computer. Later, hire an editor or proofreader, or even do that yourself; but keep the writing critic away from your writing process. The critic stifles free flowing creativity.
7. Read this Psychology Today Article: Five Ways to Get Yourself Writing Today
Replace Writing Discipline with Inspired Writing
There are those who advocate creating writing discipline by organizing the perfect writing area, and these make sense, too. If you are writing for a living, these strategies may not immediately apply. You may have a deadline and turning your article or story in is key to keeping your job. However, if you adopt these strategies gently over time, you may find that you are writing that article or book project before it is actually due, because you are inspired and not forcing yourself to write. Internal inspiration can take your writing much further than motivating yourself with negative consequences. Give yourself time and be gentle when implementing some of these strategies. I write thousands of words almost every day, because I am inspired, and can’t wait to get them on “paper.”
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