In That Writer’s Head Of Yours?
This morning while preparing breakfast, all of these ideas starting flooding my mind. Tinkering with thoughts of subject matter for my Writer’s Tip post. Everything from How To Get the Movie Rights of a TV Series to How To Survive as a Christian in These Troubled Times came to mind. How extreme is that? Even a line from a recent movie I’d watched managed to find its way in! The only time my brain shuts down is when I’m in a deep sleep.
As a writer, you may or may not already do these things, but here are some suggestions to help you in the creative process. Catalogue your thoughts and follow through. You can write a thought down but if you never cultivate it—it will just remain a thought on paper. You may have a million dollar idea written down just waiting to be developed. But you will never know if you don’t follow through. And for those of you who have left those pieces of paper lying around for far too long. It’s time to pick them back up and start reorganizing. If the Widow Margaret Ford wrote her debut book at the age of ninety-three, so can you!
As I wrote in an earlier post, “It was like I had a great tennis serve, but no follow through.” It’s the follow through, with precision, that gives you the winner’s cup. And in order to win that cup you must keep hitting the ball over the net of uncertainty until your opponents can no longer return that ball or they knock it out of bounds.
Your #1 seeds are procrastination, self-doubt and fear of failure. When procrastination sends that ball across the net you return it with the ball of organization. Organize your thoughts and ideas. Perhaps even develop an outline as motivation; while incorporating time management. When self-doubt sends a fast ball into your mid court–you volley and return it with a ball of working it out. By getting the kinks out of your basic idea as you hone your outline. Finally, when fear of failure returns that ball in your court; you send back the ball of rough draft at the speed of lightning into fear’s far corner. Who knows you just might get the advantage to serve an ace of a book right down the centre service line!
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