Stop judging and enjoy!
Writing for business.
So you have this idea: you would like to make money from your passion and to help others while achieving your dream. You might even have had a few happy clients, have set up a website and social media….but it’s stagnated and gathering dust…maybe even in grave danger of dying a death.
Maybe you have forgot what you are dreaming off, where you are going? That could make it hard to get there…..Next it’s time for anyone working alone to seek external inspiration to clarify what you have to work with and clear out that which isn’t about the dream and which keeps the situation stagnant. Like Stella Orange’s Shut up and writeathon with lots of great points to get on board with every aspect of writing!
I’ve boiled the 10 day writeathon down to 5 bullet points:
- Show up and keep writing. Repeat. Every moment is new and full of potential! Even 10 minutes.
- Be kind and bring it all uncensored. Brainstorm and listen for “the dialogue” with reader.
- Energy: spend it on writing, not judging or disappointment of not having written.
- Have a face-off with your negative wolf about judging, fears and annoyances. Learn, deal and move on.
- Notice and feel the joys and benefits of writing – really feel and sense it and make it your focus.
- What is your passions and skills you’d like to share?
- Why do you want to share – what’s the dream outcome/motivator?
- What is your USP?
- Who is your customers – what are their desires, problems, motivators?
- By when do you want to achieve what?
And finally a last few pieces of advice:
- Check how you feel. “Method Writing” is the concept of checking how you feel and write what fits with that emotion. It’ll make the piece authentic.
- Check the space fits with your writing. Writing about growth and creation require light, maybe a view, but certainly a sense of enough space to feel you could spread your wings and take off; literally being able to spread out your arms if not actually taking off. A dark, cramp, stale space won’t
- No regrets. Life passes quickly and you’ll only regret the things that you didn’t do…I can only think of one good reason to delay the writing process:
- Research. You never know what you’ll find and what interesting angle it can bring to your writing. Take the phrase about regret – I found an article from someone living by, what I now know is, the Mark Twain quote: “twenty years from now, you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Why not add “write and share” to that list?
Nothing keeping you – this blog is finishing…..over to you – ready, steady, go!