Want to Be a Writer? Do This Simple Technique
You Only Have to Do One Thing
You want to be a writer more than anyone could imagine.
In fact, it consumes your every waking thought (and most of your dreams).
Although it’s not always easy, you love the path to becoming what you always dreamed of being and creating words that inspire others to tears, laughter, or springs them toward action.
Only when it comes to your writing, you don’t feel inspired to take action today.
In fact, most of the time writing feels like a chore and something you have to get on with to achieve your dreams.
But this belief isn’t helping you.
The thing is, in order to be a writer, you first need to make a switch in your mind.
And that starts with taking stock and revelling in the process rather than bemoaning the long road forward.
Why Do You Write?
When I write, I feel at peace.
It’s hard like a kind of surgery as I extract the pieces from my brain and place my rambling thoughts in squiggly sentences under the lines of the paper, but it sets me free. It puts me in flow and sets me at peace.
I don’t really know why it speaks to me. I have no idea why it channels these feelings inside me so much. I don’t know why when I write, it feels like I’m slowly uncovering some essence of myself that I didn’t even know existed before.
I don’t know why writing makes me feel this way. But I know that when I do it, it binds my corpse to my deepest sense of being like a kind of magic every single time.
You’d think when I sat down to write that I’d know exactly what I needed to say, yet it’s not like that at all. Most of the time, I write with a clouded mind like a kind of fog, and despite all the doubts I can only keep pushing forward to make it become a reality outside of my mind.
Writing Isn’t Effortless, Nor Should It Be
You see, writing is like mining.
If we only did it when we felt like it, nothing would ever get done and no real progress would ever be made.
If we told our managers at work that we didn’t feel like showing up today, what would happen?
We might get away with not doing it once or twice or even a handful of times.
But eventually, if we only showed up when we wanted to, we’d get fired.
That would be it. No ifs ands or buts.
There is no such thing as writer’s block. Writing is more like dragging a mine cart up a tall hill studded with rocks and stones.
Even though writing is an effort, at the same time there’s an undeniable magic to it, a magic so powerful none of us can really put our finger on why.
Writing is Hard. Why Do It All?
“Writing is hard….Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.” — Cheryl Strayed
Anyone doing a job needs to produce, whether you are at a factory, an office, or working for yourself or in a relationship with a loving spouse.
If you don’t generate results, your boss/customers/lovers won’t believe you’re putting in an effort to help them along. And why should they?
It’s your job to be a linchpin to everyone around you that you’re trying to serve. It’s your job as a writer to be a linchpin to your readers in the way that only you can serve them.
Yet, somehow we view our writing in a different way, and think things should be different for us as creatives.
Yet why do we lean on the muse like an excuse, and a valid reason for not doing our work when all we have to do is show up and write?
Want to Be a Writer? It’s Easy.
If you want to be a writer more than you can breathe, that means writing should be one of the top priorities in your life. If it’s not, you’ll never be a great writer.
If you want to be a pro, that means writing not only when you want to, but when you can.
If you want to be a writer, then writing is something you must do (this is not negotiable).
Simply put, if you want to be a writer, then write. That’s it.
And stop beating yourself up that what you wrote is bad. In fact, give yourself permission to write terrible stuff, because that’s where the good stuff always originates from.
I’m talking 15 minutes of writing something so horrid you’re going to want to throw it in the recycle bin and promptly delete it from this world (the key is not to revel in the bad work, but to use it as a springboard to open the floodgates and just write something good).
Even better, make yourself consequences to write. If you don’t write, what will happen? Who will you have to pay? What kind of stupid stuff will you have to do?
Hold yourself accountable in some way.
Because if you can get yourself to write, you’ll push yourself to be a writer.
And that little push is all you need to become great.
You are a writer.
All you need to do is write.
So take 15 minutes today and just write.
Stop overthinking it and just do what you need to do to set your soul at peace with world.
You’ll quickly find that the act of writing in itself will set you free and help you grow.
And in that growth, you’ll uncover the beauty you’ve hidden inside for so long as you release it for all the world to know.
Blake is an author, dreamer, and side hustler based in Vancouver, Canada. He helps writers step into their potential and create their dream lives. If you’re looking for an extra push with your writing, you can download a FREE copy of “The Bulletproof Writer’s Handbook” to conquer the blank page today.