Especially if you’re participating in NaNoWriMo, you might need a little help in preparing your mind for creativity. It isn’t something that automatically happens just because you sit down at the computer to write.
Sometimes, it doesn’t happen at all.
Here’s a few things that might help:
- SHOW UP. That sounds pretty basic, I know. But how many times have you found something other to do rather than sit down and write? For me, it’s laundry, cleaning the house, playing with my cat, checking out social media, reading a book, looking up a new recipe for Friday night dinner. Or maybe I should really call my sister, or go shopping. I’ve been thinking about upping my exercise routine. For most of us, we can come up with a hundred different reasons to not sit down at the computer and write. Is the dog ready for his walk? You have to make writing a habit, and you have to stick to it. No one’s going to make you do it. It’s up to you!
- ADMIT THE DIFFICULTY. Creating the habit of showing up every day, or whatever schedule you choose to accomplish your goal, is not easy. It’s simple, but it’s not easy. Maybe create some affirmations to inspire you when you sit in your office chair. Create a reward system for yourself. I really want to go out to lunch today with my best friend, but I can’t until I type at least 500 words. (or whatever your goal is) And don’t worry if the 500 words you write today are crappy. You’re not in the mood, you don’t feel creative, you feel bloated, this sucks! You know what? It’s okay. You can edit crappy words, but you can’t edit a blank page. You’ll also find that the more you write, the less crappy your words will be. Patience. Trust the process. Just keep writing until it’s a HABIT!
- FEEL THE JOY AND GRATITUDE. Finding the balance between what you want to do, need to do, ought to do, should do, and actually do, can sometimes be difficult. Everything you do in your life has meaning. And that includes your writing. Tell your story. Allow yourself to enjoy and embrace the process. Give thanks at the end of every day for the work you achieved that day. Even if it was nothing more than to edit one page. You did it. Recognize your efforts. Feel good about it. No one gets it right the first time. Be thankful that you’re writing. If writing is what you truly want to do, do it. Don’t give up on yourself. Don’t give into the doubt and fears. We all start somewhere. Be grateful that you have the opportunity to do what you want.
Now’s your time. Your chance. Your opportunity. Write! Go forth and be creative!