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We are capable of great things
If you remember, I mentioned recently that I had to re-record, for the 3rd time, my entire course, Wake Up Your Prose: Description Unpacked. It’s all done, it sounds great, and I was able to do it in only 4 days. I astonished myself.
It got me thinking about how we underestimate our capabilities. For example, this premium course is so important to me that I was able to not only record it quickly and well, but I managed to write multiple posts in just a few days.
Moreover, I have learned that I am capable of great output, and that has changed my story.
You are also capable of making great writing progress. The next few sections will tell you how.
Output + habit = writer
Recently, I read an awesome, as well as super-comprehensive ebook called The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your E-mail List, by Primoz Bozic. Now, while many of you do not have an email list to grow, there are some absolute gems of ideas in the guide that will help you accomplish any goal you set for yourself.
For me, writing every day, no matter what, is crucial. And even more important, setting aside the same, specific period of time each and every day was the only way I felt I could accomplish this. To accomplish this, I added some accountability in the form of a writing tracker spreadsheet, also from Primoz Bozic. It keeps me more or less on the straight and narrow in terms of my writing. What’s more, it’s fun to see my writing progress, and how many words I have written each day. I highly recommend you download the spreadsheet, too. It’s easy to use.
In a nutshell, writing every day, preferably at the same time is not only crucial for your output, it will help tremendously with improving your writing as well. This is what I’ve been learning: We need to get into the habit of writing. The progress will come – with a little help from my blog and my new premium course!
Nothing could be harder than giving up sugar
One caveat I learned in The Ultimate Guide to Growing Your E-mail List was that if we want something badly enough, we might have to give up a non-essential, time-sucking activity. While I am a strong advocate of hobbies and “escapes,” I was astonished at how many hours per week I was devoting to my own downtime.
About 2 months ago, I gave up sugar. Let me tell you, it was the hardest physical thing I’ve ever done – made the two 10Ks I ran seem literally like a walk in the park.
But the best part about giving up sugar is that I realized it gave me a superpower – that of being truly capable of doing what needs to be done to reach a goal! I applied this to trimming the excess off my reading and other downtime activities. (And if you’ve kept up with my posts, you also know that I am a recovering cozy mystery reader.)
Thus, I’m experimenting with keeping to a writing schedule NO MATTER HOW TIRED OR DISTRACTED I AM. It’s hard – but so was giving up sugar. I didn’t always feel like skipping dessert, but I did it anyway.
What I discovered about saying No to both sugar and excessive leisure time is that:
- It means saying Yes to feeling better
- It means saying Yes to increasing my writing output – which improves Bulletproof Writing for you!
- It slowly gets easier the more I keep at it
- I am gradually looking forward to my writing sessions more and more, and can get into “zone” quicker
Discover your superpower
You, too, are capable of great things. You can definitely do more than you think, without feeling overwhelmed. Adjust your schedule to make room for daily writing. It doesn’t matter how many minutes; just get started, and keep it up every single day.
If you’re interested in improving your writing, why not take my course, Wake Up Your Prose: Description Unpacked? I’m confident your writing will improve by leaps and bounds. The course is self-paced, so you decide how much to do every day. There is lots of supplemental material too, in addition to the audio part of the course. Click here if you want to be put on the waiting list. I might add a surprise or two for those who sign up. And there is absolutely no obligation to buy the course.
More next week! In the meantime,
P.S. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a month of coaching from me! It’s worth $297. Here’s the link to enter. Share it will others, and you’ll get more entries if they sign up, too.