Take 100% Responsibility
I have always appreciated Jack Canfield and his Success Principles. So much so that I have referenced his materials in my entrepreneurship and publishing classes throughout the years. His very first principle is to “take 100% responsibility for your life” and your results. (I recently shared this with participants in my DoBehave Course too. It is one of the underlying assumptions for the course.)
Take 100% Responsibility for Writing
As writers, we have to take responsibility for the fact that our books are not going to write themselves. I am the biggest culprit here. I have two books that need to be released this year, and I cannot say that I have taken responsibility for getting my messages to the world. I keep putting my own work on the back burner in favor of other projects. The thing is, there is no reason that I cannot write my books and do other things.
Have you let other projects get in the way of releasing your important words to the world? Whatever your excuses, they can all be eliminated. Don’t fool yourself into thinking there is not enough extra time to do your “job” and write your book.
Write on the “Edges of the Day”
Toni Morrison said that sometimes you have to write on “the edges of the day.” So if you cannot spend a bulk of your time writing each day, then write when you can on the edges of the day. At least make room for the possibility, as Alice Walker recommends. Keep a slot open for your own writing appointment. Either way, take responsibility for making sure the writing gets done. (I am preaching to myself here. But I hope it helps you too.)
One way to set an appointment and take 100% responsibility for your writing is to schedule a regular “power segment” of time to write each day. For many, it is easier to do this at the same time each day. For example, when I first met writer John Grisham years ago here in Charlottesville, he told me that he sits down at the same table, with the same cup of coffee, with the same pen, at the same time each day to write. Whatever comes forth is what is written, but he always makes that time available for the possibility.
Your power segment need not be hours and hours of time. It can be a 45–60 minute window where you block out all else and only focus on your writing during that time. Actually set a timer so that you can take a break (mental and physical) and shift to another project afterwards. You will start looking forward to the power segment, hoping you can crank out 500–2,000 words before the timer goes off. And remember, you are not limited to just one writing power segment each day. You can alternate between writing and client projects.
Take 100% Responsibility for Clarity & Quality
Of course, I also suggest you take 100% responsibility for making sure your words are well received by your readers, so don’t forget the editing process when your writing is complete. It is an integral part of the publishing process, whether you publish on a blog, or independently, or traditionally. (You can contact me at HallagenInk.com for help there.)
Do you have suggestions for the rest of us on how you make sure the writing happens? Share your tips with us so we can try them on for size. There is a lot of room for learning what best allows each of us to take 100% responsibility for our writing projects. Do share.
To your writing success,
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