We've all seen a teenager open the refrigerator for the thirteenth time hoping miraculously that a pizza has appeared where only broccoli lay before.
There’s a marvelous scene in one of the Crocodile Dundee movies where someone points out that his hotel room has a television. He turns it on saying, “I've seen television before.” As the I Love Lucy theme fades in he says, “Yup, that’s what was on”.
Can you imagine if the food in the fridge really never changed or if the show on television was actually always the same?
There are some activities in life which hinge on variety, newness, change, to keep our attention. Eating the same foods over and over again gets boring fast – even pizza.
The single greatest reason for potential fans (which means potential purchasers of your book) to visit your website is to find something new.
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Here they are again:
- Environment—Make the place you create your art a place you enjoy being.
- Schedule—Habit and ritual give you power when courting the Muse.
- Timer—You can do anything for 5 minutes.
- Prewriting—Starting comes before finishing.
- SMART Goals—You know what they are, but you don't use them in your writing—yet.
- Finding Why—Knowing your true motivation for writing and keeping it top of mind is like having motivation on tap.
Does one of them jump out as something you could really use? Do any seem simplistic, pointless, wrong? What's missing?
I'd love to offer some free coaching in the comments below. Answer any of those questions or ask any of your own, and I'll spend however long it takes to help you use those tools to get yourself writing.
A songwriter friend, Charlie Cheney, asked about my habits and rituals. This is my quick unedited response to him. Later, a detailed wrap to the 6 tools to get you writing.
Here are the rituals I developed which allowed me to write 4,000 words a day quite often and as much as 10,000 words at least once, and how they've changed over time.
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It's easy to lose track of why you wanted to be a writer in the first place. If you have vague dreams of fame or fortune, those won't keep you going, especially when they don't materialize quickly.
While we'd all love to be rich and famous, I don't think that's why you write. It's not why I write.
I write because I love the feel of words. I write because I have feelings which are clarified only when I find words to put them in. I have ideas which might benefit others. I have questions.
I believe writing takes the vague, wandering abstracts out of my head and makes them clear, understandable things I can look at and play with. I believe it helps me decide whether they should remain part of my life or be forgotten in the drawer.
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If you don't know where you're going, not only will it be harder to get there, you may not know you've arrived.
Business folk all know about SMART goals. They know you never begin something without those SMART goals.
A simple Google search will provide endless results, including the fact that everyone has their own version. I'll provide a brief review here using the version I like best.
Goals should be:
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