7 Simplistic Steps to a Successful Writing Mindset
What is your writing mindset?
I began to focus on my mind-set as part of living with PTSD and anxiety. I discovered the power of language and the effect it had on my brain. Your brain is a machine and it is programmed by what it receives. So by giving it positive stimuli it tells the body things are going well, your energy levels rise, you feel good etc. But if you are feeding your brain (and also your body) negative stimuli then the results will not be as good. This was truly an eye opener for me! It got me thinking – do writers have mindsets?
Honestly – I don’t know. But today I am flipping the script and changing that.
Vision board – oh goodie something easy. Yes, unless you get lost in a rabbit hole and don’t surface for hours! You can do this one of two ways
In Real Life Board:
Using paper, magazines, glue, pens – whatever tickles your imagination – create a vision board for your writing. Ask yourself the following questions:
1. What do I see myself accomplishing with my writing?
2. Where will my writing take me?
3. What will I do with the money I make from writing? (Splurge or save?)
4. What will I do with the recognition that will come from being a successful writer? (Being a guest speaker, invited to conferences etc.)
As you answer each of these questions, stick images that reinforce your answers onto your vision board. Your brain will see these images on a daily basis because your board will be in front of you and soon your brain will aim to achieve the goals.
Because your brain (a machine, remember?) will reprogram itself with the END RESULT – your OUTCOMES!! It will start to find ways to get you there quickly. It’s all about creating a mindset focused on writing.
Secret board on Pinterest:
Now, this is where you can become lost down a rabbit hole – please avoid that!
Once you are on Pinterest, create a new board and make it secret (it is for you only!). Using the questions outlined above fill your board with relevant images. Some people like to screenshot their board and use it as a screen-saver so they see it often. It can be used on your phone as well in the same role.
Again this shows your brain what you want and your brain will work to get you there!
Make your writing a priority – inform friends and family of your intention to write (whether it be a blog/short story/full-length novel), so that they understand your need to have a quiet environment, avoiding outings, mood swings and other feeling and experiences that writers go through. It is important that YOU commit to this and show others you will not tolerate disturbances and that you BELIEVE in your writing. When they see this they will take it seriously too.
Brain dump – for whatever (fictional) writing projects you are working on I want you to write down all your ideas, including the following:
• Plot twists
• Character traits (good/bad)
• Descriptions of settings
• Supporting characters
• Your blurb
• Your introduction/preface
• About the author
• Blog post content ideas
• Social media ideas (Facebook, Instagram, twitter etc.)
• New things to try e.g. podcasts, vlogs etc.
• Keyword planning
What are we doing all this for?
Glad you asked, friend! To get it out! Sometimes we become obsessed with our To-Do list, we sit and religiously fill it out but instead of feeling accomplished and proud, what do you feel?
“Busy” (no, not productive!)
Yes, but I have a To-Do list. I know I did too until I changed my thinking. I learned to look at the bigger picture – OUTCOMES!
So now, write it all down!
Step back – leave that list/page alone for a set amount of time (longer than 3 hours as your brain needs time to process and you may find yourself writing more items down too!). Do a task that is completely unrelated to writing.
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Think about topics/subjects/categories you can group your ideas into. Here are a few to get you started:
The book itself
The skeleton of the book (blurb, about the author, acknowledgements)
Blog post content
Blog post title/headings/images
Social media posts
Now group things together.
Have a look at this for an example –
In the image above I wrote down all my writing goals. I then grouped them together.
In BLUE – I grouped together all the items related to social media
• Telling my story (very important to me!).
• Planning posts for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (I could have added scheduling for Pinterest too).
• Taking calls and emails from prospective clients.
• Writing effective post headings.
In GREEN – topics I want to research for my new novel. Not the most pleasant topics are they? But it’s important because it will aid in making my book credible.
In PINK – ideas for blog posts.
I could have gone into more detail but I wanted to be clear and ensure you had a picture in mind that you could relate to.
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Arranging your OUTCOMES – from the above exercises we have removed the small tasks that you have to do, right? I’m sure by now you get why but just to refresh you, your brain will see the outcomes and find ways to get you there faster. Now that you have all your outcomes in front of you, ask yourself these questions:
1. Which outcome do I want to accomplish first?
2. Which outcome do I want to do last?
3. Which outcome means the most to me?
4. Which outcome will take the most time?
Answer these questions and you will (possibly) have ranked your outcomes. Do not focus on the tasks, focus on the outcome!
What matters most is the outcome!
DO!! Just go and DO!
Focus on your goals and they will become reality.
Need some help with an outcome? Want to chat to me (yay, I’m excited already!) click here and soon we shall be striving to get you to your result.
Do you want to work 1:1 with me?
Do you want to
1. Write your first draft?
2. Write your first draft and have it edited by me?
3. Have your manuscript evaluated by me?
4. Get you manuscript ready for publication?
5. Write your first draft, have it evaluated, several edits and get it ready for publication?
If you answered YES to any of the above questions then we have to talk! I want to talk to you! Email me or set up a call and soon your OUTCOME may be reached 😉 (See how I threw that in there, sneaky right?)
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