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De-Stress Your Writing Life – Mindset

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This year I’m blogging my book De-Stress Your Writing Life. You can read it for free on Creativity’s Workshop every Friday.

De-Stress Your Writing Life is divided up into three main sections:

  • Mindset
  • Practice
  • Follow-Through

Today’s post is the introduction to the first section – Mindset.

The act of creating begins in the mind.

The speck of an idea lodges in your Imagination, growing and growing until it blossoms into that ‘Aha!’ moment. Then it may take days, months or even years before the blossom matures into an end result – a piece of finished writing.

Because this is such a mental process, a clouded mind can easily inhibit its progress. Doubt can poison the soil before the idea germinates. Fear can choke the life out of the little plant. Then there’s the Inner Critic who is all too ready to lop off a bud before it ever reaches fruition.

Prolific and relaxed writers are those who have found ways around the barriers their minds throw at them.

They have practiced a mindset that allows them to:

  • Make mistakes,
  • Experiment,
  • Permit stories to flow naturally,
  • Only edit when necessary, and
  • Release their work into the world without excessive attachments, so they can start writing afresh.

You too can accomplish this mindset! In this section we will look at all the different elements of a relaxed, motivated writer mindset – encompassing how you view yourself, your Creativity and your writing.

There is no rush or pressure to adopt a new way of thinking. As you read, notice which thoughts make you excited about your writing and which weigh you down, perhaps even hindering your ability to write. Take the time to do the exercises so you can find the best way to apply the suggestions in your circumstances. Gradually you can remove your mental barriers and free yourself to write whenever, wherever and however you wish.

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Have you noticed the effect your mindset has on your writing? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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Like most writers, I have to be frugal with my funds. So if you’ve enjoyed today’s post and would like to read more, I’d be grateful if you could leave a little in the kitty to help keep things afloat. Everyone who donates will receive a free electronic copy of the book once it has reached completion. Thanks for dropping by.

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De-Stress Your Writing Life – Is This The Right Book For You?

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This year I’m blogging my book De-Stress Your Writing Life. You can read it for free on Creativity’s Workshop every Friday.

There are many people in the world who write. Some call themselves writers, some don’t. Some write for the fun of it, others just want to see their words in print, and still others hope to make a living wage from their writing.

Does it matter which one of these categories you fall into?

Not at all in the broad scheme of things. But as with all books, this one has a target audience. So let me just briefly outline who this book is for, and who may not find it as helpful.

Who This Book is Not For

Firstly, if you are already writing prolifically and enjoying your creative process, then your time is better off spent writing! Seriously, stop reading right now and get back to the page.

If you enjoy writing as a hobby and don’t mind if your words never see the light of day, then this book might not be for you either. You may pick up some tips on how to keep your Inner Critic at bay, but the stresses of rigorous editing, publication and reader reviews probably don’t affect you.

If you’re not interested in setting aside the time to regularly write and cultivate your Creativity, then I’m afraid this book won’t be of much help to you. This book is about developing a creative routine and rhythm. The suggestions will not be effective if you’re only going to write one month in the year.

Okay, I know that was a bit blunt, but I value your time and if you belong to the people in those three groups then your time might be better spent reading a different book.

Who This Book is For

  • Have you always felt drawn to the written word, with a dream of becoming a writer?
  • Do you want to find a comfortable place physically and mentally where words just flow out of you?
  • Would you like to send your words out into the world without the sickening dread of what others will think of you or your work?
  • Are you willing to make changes in your routine and mindset if it means getting more words out onto the page?

If you answer ‘yes’ to these questions, then this book is for you.

What if you’ve come to writing later in life, without the youthful dream of being a writer? Please don’t let that put you off from reading this book. No matter when your dream of writing came to light, the most important thing is you want to write. This book will help you find the writing practice that works for you.

What if you don’t feel like you qualify as a writer yet? You may have jotted down some poems or started a few novels, but you don’t feel like you’ve actually earned the title. This book is definitely for you. Right from the first chapter we get into what it means to be a writer. You might be surprised by the definition – perhaps even realizing you already qualify.

What if you’ve already completed a few novels, maybe even had one or two published? It can often be harder to write your next novel after your first is published. This book can help you refine your writing process so you can continue to produce high quality words without the stress of expectations.

If you’re willing to open your mind to new thinking processes and new writing methods, then you’re ready to read this book.

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How would you describe yourself as a writer? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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Like most writers, I have to be frugal with my funds. So if you’ve enjoyed today’s post and would like to read more, I’d be grateful if you could leave a little in the kitty to help keep things afloat. Everyone who donates will receive a free electronic copy of the book once it has reached completion. Thanks for dropping by.

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De-Stress Your Writing Life – Introduction

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This year I’m blogging my book De-Stress Your Writing Life. You can read it for free on Creativity’s Workshop every Friday.

The life of a writer is often portrayed as a constant stream of writer’s block, endless edits, looming deadlines, crushing criticism and inevitable rejection. Blood, sweat and tears seem like a rite of passage to publication – if you make publication at all.

Pretty bleak, huh?

In fact, you’re probably now quietly hyperventilating and telling yourself it can’t possibly be worth it.

If that’s the way you’re feeling, then this book is for you.

Contrary to popular opinion, a writer does not need to be a martyr to their craft. Most writers do their best work sitting in a comfortable chair at a nice desk feeling secure and confident in themselves and their work.

By taking the stress out of your writing life, you can easily increase the quality and quantity of your work.

Where Does Writing Stress Come From?

Imagine this scene.

You’re typing away at your computer when an armed attacker bursts through the door. Screaming abuse at you, they lunge forward to strike. With one hand still valiantly typing, you defend yourself as best you can with your free limbs and anything else within reach.

How much writing will you get done under those conditions?

If you manage anything at all, certainly won’t be your best work.

Is this all sounding a bit far-fetched?

You’d be surprised how many writers work under these circumstances. Every day they sit down to write, only to find they spend most of their time and energy fending off their:

  • Inner Critic
  • Fears, and
  • Other stress-inducing circumstances.

Passion and focus are essential to doing your best creative work, but these can often be crowded out by the crippling stress of ‘internal attackers.’

What if, instead of works falling to the page like blood from your brow, you could find a way for words to bubble onto the page in an unstoppable flow?

That’s the feeling we want to capture and replicate. We want you to feel compelled to sit down and write by replacing those attackers with helpful thoughts and voices to keep you relaxed and productive.

Is this possible?

Yes!

Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. — Isaac Asimov

By removing causes of guilt and stress in your writing life, you’ll be able to write with more energy and enjoyment leading to better quality work.

How This Book Works

We all face stress in our everyday lives. The trick to dealing with stress in any situation is to:

  • Reduce unnecessary stress, and
  • Manage necessary stress.

The purpose of this book is to help you take the stress out of writing. We want you to feel proud to identify yourself as a writer and relaxed when you face the page.

This book is divided up into three sections, each covering an important part of your writing life.

  • Mindset – Firstly, we will focus on how you think about yourself as a writer and your writing. We’ll work on replacing the voice of your Inner Critic with a more creative, supportive voice. We’ll also look at addressing your fears and other elements that cause stress.
  • Practice – Next we’ll look at the creative routines and rhythms you can set up in your writing life to keep yourself inspired and focused.
  • Follow-Through – Finally we’ll look at what you do after you’ve completed a writing project, to make sure you remain positive and motivated to send your work out into the world and begin a new project.

Each writer is unique and each writing project is different. Throughout this book we will be encouraging you to personalise the suggestions – to find what works best for you. We’ll provide worksheets and other spaces for you to record your own thoughts and plans.

Let’s get started!

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What kind of stresses do you face in your writing life? Leave a comment below and let me know.

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Like most writers, I have to be frugal with my funds. So if you’ve enjoyed today’s post and would like to read more, I’d be grateful if you could leave a little in the kitty to help keep things afloat. Everyone who donates will receive a free electronic copy of the book once it has reached completion. Thank you for dropping by.

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My 5 Favourite Posts of April

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Usually my pick of posts are a random collection of inspiration and fun, but this month there seems to be a bit of a theme coming together.

The first three posts deal with the anxiety behind being creative and the danger of burnout. These are subjects which aren’t often discussed on writing blogs but are very important points to bear in mind. Please take a couple of moments to have a read. You owe it to yourself as an artist.

So, here are my picks of the month:

  • Should Being Creative Feel Good? by Branden Barnett – This post discusses how to use mindful acceptance and action to help you overcome the anxiety of creating art.
  • Let’s Talk About Anxiety & The Creative Process by Dan Blank – Dan Blank works with writers and so understands the anxiety they can face every day. He lists some practical tips which you can try out right away.
  • Boundaries and Burnout by Barbara O’Neal – As our lives become busier, our work load and the pressure we face becomes more intense. This post contains some questions writers should be asking themselves on a regular basis.
  • Little Darlings & Why They Must Die … For REAL by Kristen Lamb – Okay, the self-love theme is broken with this one and we’re back to more usual writing advice. This post reminds us why our little ‘writing darlings’ are so dangerous.
  • And to end, here’s a link to a quote from Jasper Fforde on the Office of Letter’s and Light Blog. It’s an excerpt from a longer pep talk which you can click through to, but the quote itself is a wonderful description of how a first draft works.

And that’s my pick for the month. Now, what about you? What were the posts that especially resonated with you during April?

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If you’re facing stress and pressure in your writing life, then you need to take some time out for yourself. I cover some helpful tips on how to do that in my free e-book Tips for Those Contemplating Insanity. You can now view it instantly by clicking here.