Here’s a simple exercise to get rid of the negativity and cement definable, positive writing goals. It’s painless. It’s motivating. It will work. I promise.
- Avoidance- I put off even getting started.
- I may get started, but end up distracted by Facebook or Twitter.
- When a scene becomes difficult, I give up.
- The hubris of the real world keeps me from concentrating.
- I tell myself ten or fifteen minutes isn’t enough time, so why bother?
- I’m afraid what I’m writing is crap.
Now, open the paper and list a counter to each of your stalling points. My counters are:
- Sit down every morning and write.
- Put the laptop away so you have to focus.
- Plow headfirst through the difficult scenes.
- Tune everything else out for just the time you allotted yourself.
- Take advantage of every bit of free time, even if it’s a half-hour.
- Write for pleasure. Write for yourself.
Lastly, write these counter statements out as positive goals. The hardest part can be writing this in all positive statements, but when you do, they have more power to motivate you:
I look forward to getting started on my writing. I will set a timer, even if it’s for a half-hour, so that I can ignore all distractions, and focus solely on my work-in-progress. Difficult scenes are a challenge that I can, and will, rise to. I’m excited about using my writing time as a time to tune out the busy-ness in my daily life. I’m excited to use this time to forget about the real world. I will take advantage of every moment. I will remind myself that I need only to write for myself. In fact, I love it when I write for myself. My writing time will be a gift I give myself.
How can anyone argue with that? I had never looked at writing quite this way before. In fact, I printed this out to hang it on my bulletin board.
Do you think this will work for you? If you try it, I’d love to know how it worked for you!