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The inner world of being a writer

4th January 2017 | Posted in Writing

Welcome to the first of my blog posts in which I explore the inner world of being a writer and story maker.

So the champagne corks have popped, the fireworks have fizzled to earth and Auld Lang Syne has been sung to the sounds of Big Ben’s countdown. Welcome to 2017! What then?

A lot of people will be busy making New Year’s Resolutions, spurred on by tight waist bands, an empty bank balance, the prospect of going back to work they don’t enjoy and perhaps to a life they wish they didn’t lead. Do they work? Check out http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/ for some amazing statistics. Are you one of the 46 % who can keep a resolution beyond six months?

As a writer I prefer to describe any changes I want to make in my life as outcomes for the year.

There are two ways to do this;

  • Write down the three, five, ten things you want to happen, seal the list in an envelope and hide it away until 31/12/17 when you are allowed to read it again. Let the unconscious mind take over and do what it has to.

Or

  • Write an action plan and make sure those outcomes are well formed.

To make a well-formed action, you can use SMART goals.

I prefer the following:

 

1. Write a positive statement for each one.

Instead of I must not procrastinate over my writing, write I must spend more time on my writing this year. Or words like that. Avoid the words no, not, don’t.

 

2. Check out you really want the outcome.

Ask yourself, If I could have this outcome today would I take it, now, right now? If there is any hesitation, something is sabotaging your chance of success. Perhaps your outcome to spend more time on your writing might mean you can’t see friends and family so often. Perhaps a better outcome would be I must spend more time on my writing this year and still see friends and family.

 

3. Be specific

For your outcome answer as many of the following questions as you can.

  • What specifically do you want?
  • When do you want this?
  • Who with?
  • Where?

 

4. What evidence will you have?

For your outcome answer as many of the following questions as you can.

What will you see?  Hear? Feel? Think?

 

5. Finally, ask yourself is this in your own control?

If not, it’s unlikely to happen.

 

Me? I want to have completed the first draft of Mayflies by the end of March. I need to write one thousand words a day. Is it in my control? Yes…If I commit both time and energy. My first action is therefore is to set aside one hour each morning to write BEFORE I do anything else. I’ll let you know how I get on.

Happy writing!

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