How often do you come close to hitting the writing heights you’re truly capable of? How regularly do you read back some of your creative writing and think, “Wow, that’s one of the best things I’ve written....I’m really proud of this piece of writing”?
My guess is that it’s not nearly as often as you’d like, if it ever happens at all.
Woody Allen famously said, “80% of success is just showing up.” And this is true with creating, more than anything.
So here’s your 5-step plan for showing up and giving yourself a chance to unlock that amazing creative writing potential that deep down you know is within you:
- Choose a time each day to write. Make it the same time each day. You know yourself when you’re most creative, and when you find it easiest to write. For some, it’s first thing in the morning; for others, it’s late at night. Find your best time, then stick to it every day.
- Have a ready supply of writing ideas. The best way to do this is to use a writing journal. This is simply a notebook you carry with you at all times and note down your ideas as they come to you. Then when you go to write, you have pages of potential great ideas to develop. A writing journal, more than anything else, is the writer’s secret weapon and his greatest friend.
- Make your writing space comfortable. Is where you write now somewhere you find it easy to write? Is it free from distraction and do you have everything you need close by? Is where you write inviting and somewhere you enjoy going to write, or cluttered and unappealing? Are your chair and desk comfortable? Pay attention to the small details that can make your writing experience flow as freely as possible.
- Write for a minimum amount each day. Choose a minimum amount of time to write for each day. 15 minutes is the absolute minimum. When you know you have this time each day set aside for writing - this writing appointment with yourself - you subconsciously give yourself permission to write. This frees up your writing even more. As you strengthen this habit, expand your writing time to 30 minutes, 60 minutes, and more.
- Acknowledge and celebrate your progress. At the end of each month, look back over what you’ve written in that time period. 15 minutes a day for 30 days adds up to 7.5 hours of writing. You can get a huge amount of creative writing done in this time, far more than you probably think you can. Acknowledge and celebrate all you write and it will motivate and encourage you to write more.
The only way to become a better creative writer, and to reach the wonderful heights you’re capable of with your writing, is to show up and write regularly.
Use this 5-step plan to unlock that creative writing potential within you that’s just bursting to get out!
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