They don’t get started.
The risk of writing is revealing yourself. Unwrapping the layers of your ideas and sharing them with complete strangers. Are you willing to take the risk? Will everyone like or identify with everything you say? Of course not.
Don’t let this stop you.
And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ― Anaïs Nin
Do you have an idea for a blog or book and have been procrastinating on starting? Why? What is holding you back? Fear of failure? Fear of rejection? Playing it safe and not taking the leap towards a dream keeps you in a holding pattern marked by your inner voice saying “you can’t do it.” But guess what? You can do it.
A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.
― William G.T. Shedd
Get a notepad and Sharpie or fire up your laptop and start a draft of your writing project. Find the resources that you need to get started and in the words of some advertising genius at Nike, just do it!
Sometimes getting started on your writing will get the ball rolling, when you get your fingers moving over the keyboard, your brain might surprise you with some good ideas.
A few things to get you started:
Keep a notebook to jot down ideas when you have them this will help you capture the idea and have a starting off point next time you sit down to write.
Schedule time to write. Plan it into your day.
Turn off the social media! If you have Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram open, you won’t be writing. Cut out all your distractions. This includes the notifications for social media. Prioritize your time and make your writing time sacred. Tweets and responses can wait until you’re done writing. Trust me, they’ll still be there waiting.
A few tools that might help you:
Dropbox — easily share your writing with people who are reading your work or helping you edit.
Pinterest — create boards, private or public, to save inspirational pins for your writing. You can pin from almost anywhere on the web.
Toggl — online time keeper to help manage your time.
Evernote — Keeps track of everything you find and want to save across the web. Load the Evernote Chrome app and get organized.
Hemingway App — My favorite tool for editing. It gives you suggestions for structuring your writing as well as grammar and readability.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.― T.S. Eliot
Have you stalled a dream to avoid the risk? What can you do today to kick it off?
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