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In That Writer’s Head Of Yours?
This is a repost from a couple of years back that I felt still applied today…This morning while preparing breakfast, all of these ideas started flooding my mind. Tinkering with thoughts on the 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. Catalog 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 fastball 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 the 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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That’s such a good analogy. The next time I find myself face-to-face with self-doubt, I’ll just imagine myself playing a game of tennis with it. Thanks for sharing!
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Stuart you are more than welcome. Sometimes we have to deal with our weaknesses in a realm we better understand. Thanks for stopping by today. Blessings and Peace.