One of my clients, Laura West, is highly plugged into her creative process, among other things. Managing energy is key for her to run her business at the high level of growth she and her business are experiencing.
It's the same for writing. The more conscious we are of our process, the easier, better, stronger it is. And most of the time we get in our own way. We'd probably be able to create and write more easily if it weren't for our own bad selves.
The following 7 rules for conscious writing are loosely based on what Laura created for her own energy management process. Think about how you can apply it to your writing - and get out of your own way.
- Stop doing what you're doing. Do you write about the same topic over and over? Do you write with the same sentence structure? Do you start out each writing piece the same? Do you agonize every time that no one will like this? Consider stopping that.
- Do something different. Try a new technique. Play with a strategy you've never used before. See what happens.
- Do the opposite of what you think you're supposed to do. First, figure out what you think you're supposed to do, and then do the opposite. I guarantee your writing will be fresher and more powerful as a result.
- Do something crazy, fun, unexpected. Be outlandish. Take risks. I've found that any time I or any of my students and clients take a risk in their writing, the resulting piece is far and above the best they've ever produced.
- Do what you think you possibly can't do. This falls in line with rule #4. First, figure out what you think it is you couldn't possibly do, and then... do it! "What if...." your writing and your writing process.
- Lead. Get out of the mindset that says "You can't do that. People won't like it. Play it safe." Push those voices to the side and be the leader. Do things differently. Write differently. Break rules. Make your own rules. So what if it's never been done. Be the leader.
- Love yourself. Stop with the whole inner critic thing you've got going on. Love yourself as a writer. And just.... write.
Be aware of your own attitudes in writing and in the creative process. Notice them. Change those that are necessary. And write anyway.