by Beth Barany
When it comes to writing deep, you will find you can write a lot. By clearing the path from your desire to write to the action of doing so, you can be the creative being you are meant to be, and write deep and in quantity. In three simple action steps you can be writing your dream.
Action Step One
Write down your big goal for the week, be it to complete the novel, write the first chapter, address issues of the troublesome middle of your piece, or complete an article, synopsis, or outline. Write this goal in the form of one sentence, in the active form, with a clear completetion date (if desired), and stated in the present tense. Make sure it creates a clear picture in your mind. If the first interation is not clear enough, write in a few times until the image is clear and powerful.
An example is: I write a complete synopsis of my novel by Friday. Another example is: I write with focus every day.
Action Step Two
If you notice that it is hard to start the writing process, pick up the pen or face the computer screen, and write to one of these Prime the Mind™ free write exercises: Write freely for at least 20 minutes on one of the topics below, or until you feel ready to write on your project.
1. Feel. How do you feel in this moment--about your life, about your writing? Allow yourself to express what needs to be said. You can be safe in your heart, in your mind. You can write.
2. Take an inventory of your strengths and weakness as they relate to your writing and your writing space. By writing space I mean your mental, emotional and physical writing space. Be kind and compassionate about your weaknesses and congratulate yourself on your strengths.
3. Address and befriend the inner critic. The inner critic is anyone or anything that gets in the way of you sitting down and writing. Acknowledge and address your fear about your current project. What do you fear? Why? And what other emotions and thoughts arise for you as you turn to face your fears.
Action Step Three
Start. Write. Your goal is clear in your mind; you inner issues have been addressed in the present. Now write.
You are a writer.
c. 2007 Beth Barany
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