Recently, it has come to my attention that I’m not writing enough. Actually, that’s not quite true. I’m not writing regularly enough for myself.
I get freaked out by the ‘obligation’ of writing to a schedule. As soon as someone sets something out concretely (even if that someone is me), it’s the last thing I want to do. Yet, as a distraction from almost anything else, writing is pretty much the first thing I’d pick.
Writing schedules work for some people when it comes to getting shizzle done.
I have a mastermind friend, who embarked on an epic writing project, an ecourse she wanted to create, and was having a hard time doing until she set up slots to sit down and write the damn thing. In under three weeks, she was halfway done.
Pretty. Damn. Awesome.
All the signs are there that I should just get more regular with the writing, but much as I adore it some days, other days the thought of writing makes me feel sick to the stomach.
Dread creeps in.
Resistance beats me to the door and locks and bolts it.
I’m staying in this place.
Shut in a room with Dread and Resistance is not an expansive, creative place to be. It’s small and claustrophobic. It’s safe. It’s where your other mate Ego wants you to be, avoiding any harm of being seen.
That changes when we write daily
Dread and Resistance can get a little too comfy if you invite them in, feed and shelter them. But they tend not to be great pals with Action and Momentum.
And Momentum isn’t a fair-weather friend. She doesn’t call once a week or just when a deadline is coming up. Momentum is a life-long, constant presence. If you have her in your life, she’ll drop round and check in with you a few times a day. The more you see of her, the closer you become, and before you know it you’re like sisters.
How do I get more Momentum in my life?
It’s down to you to create it. Little by little or by taking one gigantic leap.
Me? I’m setting myself a massive challenge.
I got my hands on a ticket to the Problogger training event in Melbourne for October 2012. I am freaking excited, if a touch intimidated, to be going to this high profile (in my world at least) event.
One teeny weeny problem though. My to-date five blog posts are simply not going to cut it. Most of the attendees will be posting at least daily, if not several times a day.
Determined to gain momentum in my writing I’ve set myself a challenge to blog every day until then, encouraged by this Problogger post.
For me, momentum is about constant accountability, constant short deadlines, constant milestones to aim for and ever pull me forward. With this in mind, it simply makes sense for me to decide to write every day.
I’m doing it.
That’s not to say Dread and Resistance won’t come knocking.
But I think it’s time to break up with them, don’t you?
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