Writing Is A Three-Legged Stool
Does this sound familiar?
You decide that you’re going to take your writing seriously. You set an intention — perhaps you’ll get up and write every morning, perhaps you set a daily word-count goal, or you decide this is the year you finish your novel. You’re really going to do it!
And then life happens and you wake up a couple of months later and… your writing life is pretty much where it was before: sporadic outbursts of creativity and not nearly as much progress as you had hoped.
Julie Duffy, StoryADay.org
IT’S NOT JUST YOU
You’re not alone. And you’re not doomed to fail because of some personality flaw unique to you.
And luckily for us, human behavioral researchers have discovered some patterns that can help us.
THE PROBLEM WITH MOTIVATION
When trying to achieve an outcome, we tend to rely on the motivation that comes from the emotion of imagining ourselves at finish line. It feels great to picture ourselves holding that published book, on a stage doing a reading, answering fan mail…these high emotions spur us to make commitments to our writing.
We think that, with the right motivation, we can make it stick this time.
It makes intuitive sense.
And it almost never works.
THE ANSWER IS IN THE MIX
Researchers have shown that emotions are fleeting and the motivation they conjure evaporates like morning mist in the harsh light of day.
But there is something you can do that will change this boom and bust cycle in your creative life.
While motivation alone is not enough to help us change our behavior, when we combine it with the right actions and reminders we can easily build the good habits we need to make massive progress on our journey towards becoming prolific, fulfilled writers.
And I’ll be back in your mailbox soon to talk about exactly how you do that.
(Me? It happened when I finally realized that I was going to keep coming back to writing, over and over, no matter how much I tried to tell myself I didn’t need it, so I might as well figure out a way to incorporate it into my life!)