Your want to write. You can feel it in your heart. Your spirit is begging you to express yourself. You are bursting at the seams, with the desire to finish this THING you’ve been working on. I know how you feel. I’ve started so many writing projects. For years I would get really excited about writing my first book or first script. I would start with a bang and then, crickets. My thoughts were blocking me. I got distracted. My enthusiasm faded. Sound familiar? Apparently, it’s not enough to just have a great idea. After years of starting and stopping, I changed my approach, finally finished my first book and it’s now out circulating in the world. Seriously, the best feeling.
Here are some of my productivity mindset tips to help you finally finish your book.
- Let your passion lead the way. If you are not truly interested in what you are writing about, you are going to run out of steam. Write from the heart. It’s important to keep coming back to your center, what moves you, what excites you, what inspires you. Tell the story you want to tell. Create your world. Go on your journey. Always come back to the core purpose of what you are writing and why you are writing it. Keep your passion alive. That fire in you is the fuel you need to finish.
- Make a commitment to yourself and to your project. You will finish your book when you make it important enough. Complete what you start. How would you feel if you let this project and all of your other creative projects fall by the wayside? I asked myself that question years ago and I burst into tears. I remember listening to Dr. Wayne Dyer speak. He was talking about tapping into your creativity. He paused, looked at the audience and said, “Don’t die with your music still in you.” What a statement! I don’t want to die with my music still in me, do you?
- Stop thinking so much. You can THINK yourself to death, ya know. Many writing projects have lost their life due to the over judging, over thinking, over analyzing activity of the writer. Less thinking — more writing. Schedule specific times to write and honor that time. Some days you’ll be in the flow, other days, well, you know. Every time you sit down to write, you get closer to your personal victory.
- Focus. Work on ONE creative project until it’s done. That’s how I finished my book. Yes, you will have to resist the urge to jump around to 50 million other creative temptations. I did. It wasn’t easy. Writing can be frustrating and often times makes you want to run for the hills. Don’t run. Do the work. It will pay off.
- Take Breaks. Back away from the computer. As a writer, you have to take care of your body and sitting at the computer for hours on end is a trap that can do a lot of damage. Been there, done that. Now, I take a dance break every 25 minutes, when I’m writing, even if it’s for a minute or two. No stagnant energy allowed in the writer’s room! This is a great way to infuse some extra joy into the process. A quick walk and stretch are also good break activities to get the circulation going in your body, freeing the mind up to release more of it’s brilliance.
Cheers to finally finishing your book:-)