The idea of conquering your fears and committing yourself completely to a single task for a limited amount of time may have more power than you’ve ever imagined. It has the power to eliminate procrastination, and conquer fears that are holding you back. It also has the power to start making your writing materialize, because we all know that writing doesn’t happen when we’re just thinking about ideas.
Empowering yourself as a writer starts now; it begins with the transmission of ideas drifting in your mind into the written word. Ideas that have been ripening in your mind for days, maybe weeks, well, it’s now time to push them out and commit these ideas to paper, and it doesn’t have to take hours, and here’s how:
- Begin with ripe ideas – Whether you’ve been gathering your ideas in a notebook, scattered sheets of paper or on your cell phone or computer, get them all in one place and take a look at each one. Which ones really pop out at you? Choose one thought, sentence, or topic that really stands out. When you’re drawn to something it’s much easier to work with.
- Outline – You may not be an outline person, but if you learn to be your writing life will be much easier. You don’t need a detailed outline for a draft just something that will help the flow of your writing, and avoid getting stuck. Go ahead, jot down the major points you want to explore and watch as your “thinking” time is reduced, and your “writing” time increases.
- Do your research later – If you need to do research, save it for later. Creating an initial framework for your writing will help steer your research instead of spending an enormous amount of time aimlessly researching a topic.
- Get over your fear of being generic – In the race to be original, many have established that it’s a pretty difficult place to reach. The ability to create something previously not said or done is far fetched. However, the way to come as close to original as possible is to explore those ideas that have come before you with no fear or apprehension of being “unoriginal”.
- Be consistent – Many writers are so much more aggressive and determined in their minds than what their actions translate into. The only way to reach a place of excellence, where you move from good to great to excellent, is with consistency. Not talent, consistency. Not an innate genius, consistency…and no, it doesn’t count when you’re consistently inconsistent.
It may not be easy trying to get to your writing goals, but it’s not impossible either. Getting a draft together is usually the hardest part of publishing a blog post, writing a query, or an article. However, when you define your time, you will find the words begin to come out because they no longer have an excuse to hide! As a writer, you may love your craft but if you don’t learn how to think as a business person, broke may very well be the name of the game.
Ahlam Yassin is a freelance writer who has recently (re)ventured into this thing called twitter @prowriterinc
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