When you sit down to write, do you hear a voice inside of you that sounds like this?
“Why are you doing this?”
“There is nothing to put on this page, so stop wasting your time.”
If you answered yes, you are not alone. That is your internal censor and it should be silenced.
Do you want to know a secret?
We all get the censor, but you must ignore it and know that your dream, idea, and seed was planted for a reason. If you want to write, you can do it.
Many clients come to me stuck and fearful on where to begin writing. They are full of fear, afraid they will do something wrong, and then want to stop. This is where I come in and create the space for you to start the process and write with ease. It takes time and it is a process so be gentle with yourself.
If you want to write and need that boost of confidence, keep reading.
1. Just start
Easier said than done, I know. The actual process of doing something that we are afraid of or doing something that challenges us is a confidence booster. Set a time and write. If you don’t know where to start, use writing prompts. I have a series of free prompts that you can use to get started.
Find a space that inspires you, get your favorite notebook, and allow the pen to meet the page.
Reading is essential for writing. Commit to reading a number of books a month. Choose different genres, some books that challenge you, and books that you wouldn’t necessarily read. The variation is a great way to expand your voice, study other writers, and increase your vocabulary.
3. Get feedback
Once you get in the writing groove and try to write that story, article, or poem and ask for feedback. This is a great way to get constructive criticism from others. Now, remember opinions are subjective. Be mindful of who you choose to give you feedback on your work.
4. Participate in a writing challenge
If you are accountable to get something done, the chances are you will do it. I really enjoy challenges because it keeps me committed and accountable. If you want to begin your commitment to your writing practice, join my five day Mindful Writing Challenge. It has writing prompts, mindful action steps, and affirmations. This is a great way to start writing with ease.
5. Connect with other writers
Community is so important especially for creatives and writers. It is great to connect, share ideas, and offer support for others. As writers we spend a lot of time alone and it is wonderful to have human connection, take a break, and enjoy sharing stories and support.
6. Keep an idea book
Inspiration is everywhere. Are there times where you are running errands, or exploring a new place and an idea comes to mind? If so,take the time to write it down. Honor your ideas and do something with them. Every idea is not THE idea but taking action and considering where it could go creatively will open up space for more ideas to come. There are times when ideas surface years later and you are ready to execute, that book might have the details.
7. Affirm that you are a writer
Speak life into what you want. Recite affirmations daily over your writing. As you affirm, take action. If you start to write for five minutes a day, do it for a week. Then, add on from there. What ever you do, don’t give up. Remember your why and keep trying. There is a purpose behind your passion and your dreams will come true. Get some free affirmations for writers here.
I hope this helped you. If you need assistance getting started with the writing process sign up for coaching.
Be well. Write well.