Jeff Goins once told me that anyone can become a writer, the first step is to simply start writing. Well, to be honest, this message wasn’t delivered directly to me. In fact, I’m fairly certain that this message was intended to reach thousands of people.
If you’re like me, writing doesn’t come easy and you often find yourself spending countless hours on a simple blog post. You may also second guess your work, which in many cases, forces you to give up before you even really get started.
If you’re anything like me, that is!
Another issue aspiring writers face is the comparison paradox. We need to stop comparing our writing to the works of others. The only person you need to compare yourself to is YOU!
I suppose it does take a lot of practice and hard work to become a successful writer, but that seems pretty standard for most of life’s undertakings. If we dig deeper, the key to success is often found in ones ability to execute. Goals and the desire to work hard mean nothing without a proper plan.
Let’s say I want to write an epic novel. If I haven’t written anything since high school, chances are I won’t be writing that best selling novel anytime soon. Even though it may appear that I lack the necessary skill set to accomplish such a lofty goal, there are some immediate actions that I can take in an effort to complete the monumental task of becoming a best selling author.
First, I can develop the habit of writing on a regular basis. No, I can’t envision myself sitting down and writing for hours on end, but it is realistic for me to think that I can tap out a few hundred words on my iPhone in a single sitting. Once I get the creative juices flowing, my writing output/efficiency should increase over time. Practice is not always fun, but when it’s game time, I’m always happy that I put in the work.
Second, I need to get over my fear of criticism and start publishing on my blog more regularly. If I’m feeling extra brave, I can start publishing my work on platforms like LinkedIn and Medium as well. Leveraging these public venues will help me receive feedback from a diverse array of professionals.
Getting feedback from others can be difficult, nobody really wants to expose their insecurities to the rest of the world. It is important to seek out constructive criticism and us to become better. When we take feedback seriously and change our approach, we will become the rockstar we were meant to be!
After writing for a few months and receiving feedback, I should make time to reassess my goals. Is becoming a best selling author still at the top of my bucket list? Regardless of my answer to this question, I will undoubtedly reassess my approach to identify changes that can be made to increase personal growth and maximize efficiency.
Hopefully this blog post isn’t perceived as an oversimplification of the writing process. I’m sure that I will expound on these concepts in the future, and I do look forward to your feedback.
In all honesty, this blog post was intended to be my way of practicing what I preach. I have always had a strong desire to write, but I’ve always found a way to sabotage myself. My primary goal was sit down with my iPhone for a few minutes and channel my inner Rev Run (pictured below courtesy of MTV) and get into a mental posture for writing. Through the reflective process of writing, I have created something of value for myself. If I’m lucky, I will have the opportunity to have a positive impact on your life. Thanks for hanging in there, this is going to be a fun journey. Don’t hesitate to comment below, I’d love to hear what you have to say. Don’t worry, I can handle the good, bad and ugly.
Until next time…