Oh, I’ve missed you all so much! Did you have a nice holiday? Did you eat enough chocolate to make it through the New Year? I must say, the time with my grandson was a huge success. We all had a fantastic time and look forward to spring break when we will see him again. We did so much it took all weekend to recover and I still have cleaning duties to attend to.
Yes, we’re busy. We’re all busy. “And if we’re not terribly disciplined our default activity is not writing. Unless we have deadlines or agents screaming at us, we choose activities that don’t include writing.
In other words, if we have a spare minute, a break in between activities, the rare gift of an unplanned hour, do we write? Or do we fill it up with stuff that needs to get done?” Are we too busy to write? Here are eight steps to actually actualize our writing time. And yes I actually wrote that. Lol.
1- We need to pay attention to what does get in the way of writing. What are we doing rather than writing? Are we doing house work or relaxing instead of writing? What other activities are we finding that get in the way of writing?
2- We need to understand why we’re doing those things rather than writing. Are they chores, nagging items, are they delaying tactics or are we just afraid of something?
3- We need to just do it. If writing is a habit like brushing our teeth then it will be noticed when we don’t do it. Make it routine. It will be missed when we don’t do it.
4- We need to set up rewards. Sound childish? Maybe, but it works. Delay that piece of chocolate till after the page is done or the word count made. Delay that meal out for after the scheduled goals are reached.
5- We need to visualize the end of the rainbow. Wouldn’t be great to have the entire chapter done? Or picture book idea? We don’t have to have the entire thing done, just today’s little rainbow.
6- We need to make writing pleasurable and fun. Don’t want to write at our lap top? Make it pen and paper at the library or the coffee shop. Want a malted? We can go to the mall, order our malted and sip while we write.
7- We need to set concrete goals. Don’t write until whenever. Just do it until the set number of words, minutes or pages. Then we’re done.
8- And last, we need to think of our writing project like an adventure. Can we write the most difficult person into our script? How brazen can we be and get away with it.
As you can see actualizing writing is a blend of what we have to do with what we need to do to so that we get to do what we really want which is to write more.
What have I forgotten to add so we can actualize our writing? Can you think of any? What works for you?
This post was inspired by Dawn Goldberg of the Ezine Articles here: Article Source: [http://EzineArticles.com/?You-Gotta-Want-It-Badly—8-Ways-to-Actually-Write&id=6769376] You Gotta Want It Badly – 8 Ways to Actually Write Also Dawn’s web site is www.WritingFromYourSoul.com where you can see more ways to great writing.