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Do you want to write? 20 thoughts to fuel your fire.
On Sunday, I spoke at the Hay House Writers Workshop. Five hundred budding writers gathered together for two days to talk all things writing and publishing. It was a sight to behold. Hay House published my first book Getting Real About Having It All, and I was there to share my journey, my insights and my learnings. There was such great interest and people told me how much it helped them, so I thought I would share a few of them here for you as well. Talking about writing is one of my greatest passions, and helping other writers get their words out into the world lights my fire.
I know there are many writers or aspiring writers amongst you, so I hope these thoughts are of a little service, and perhaps inspire you to take to your computer, or your notebook or journal, and write something today.
A few thoughts on writing –
If you want to be a writer, then write. That’s it. Be consistent and make a commitment to your work.
Don’t wait for perfect timing or circumstances to write. You don’t have to go on retreat, lock yourself away or climb a mountain to find space. Steal the moments. 10 minutes is enough to get down some words or start a chapter or article.
You don’t have to be in the mood to write, you just have to show up. If we wait to be in the mood, we may get one good day a month, or that mood may never come at all. Show up regardless.
Don’t wait for the publishing deal to write your book. If it’s worth writing, it’s worth writing regardless of how it will get out into the world
Get clear on your intention – why do you write what you write, and who are you ultimately writing for?
Julia Cameron, author of The Artists Way, says, “God I’ll take care of the quantity, you please take care of the quality”. A great lesson in having faith that if you show up and do the work, so will wherever you draw your inspiration from, and it will support you.
Find your believing mirrors. Julia speaks of those people who reflect back to you the very best version of yourself, and who believe in your work. You are an artist and you need them.
Find your voice and be true to it. We each have a writing voice. Don’t try and copy or mimic someone else. The more you write in your unique voice, the easier it will become.
Honour your muse – when she visits – pay attention! Your muse is your inspiration. When she comes, write it down, send yourself a voice mail, use an envelope or a napkin. It doesn’t matter how you get it down, but get it down. If you don’t respect her, she will stop by less often, and a writer without a muse is a recipe for a lack of creative flow.
Read. Read. Read some more. But know when to stop as well and tune out as you write.
Looks for the platforms to extend your reach. My first Psychology Today blog on Finding Your Purpose had 85,000 views in 48 hours, which was staggering. How can you get your work out into the world?
Don’t mind the naysayers (and trolls). If you are in the arena, they will be there. Pay them no mind.
Be brave and bold. Don’t be afraid to hit publish.
A few thoughts publishing –
There are many ways to get published. Find what works for you. It may or may not be a traditional publishing contract. And if you don’t get a publishing contract do it yourself.
Trust yourself and your vision for your work – and stay true to that. Take advice from people who have been there before, but at the end of the day, trust your message.
Don’t be afraid to aim high and dream big. New York Times best seller list? Why not. The new literary darling? Of course. Front page of every newspaper in the country? Go for it. If you can vision it, you can be it. The stars are yours.
Don’t let anyone tell you no – Stephen King’s first book Carrie had 30 rejections. Just because someone doesn’t see the vision for your work doesn’t negate your writings value – don’t let anyone tell you it does.
You have to do the work to get your published work out there – most publishers will really only start to care about you once you are a best seller – until then, you have to hustle your own shtick.
Find your tribe. Who needs what you have to say? Who can you serve?
Your success is in your own hands. You have to make it happen.
I hope this is helpful. Do you want to write but need some support? Then come and join The Writers Circle – a newly created writing group, face to face or virtual, with likeminded women who are all passionate about writing. You can be someone who writes already and is maybe even published, or someone who hasn’t yet started. Doesn’t matter. You just have to love the written word, be curious, and love being in a group of supportive, amazing women who don’t take themselves too seriously. Get all of the details over here, where you can sign up straight away. Places are limited and I think we will be booked out soon. I would love you to join us.
Until next time.
You’ve got this.
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