One of the most common challenges that I hear with writing is that it’s hard to get started. It’s hard to overcome the initial inertia that surrounds your paper, grant, or proposal.
We know intellectually that to accomplish anything we must begin, of course. And yet, so many of us struggle with doing just that: getting started.
Even Stephen King who has written nearly 100 novels is quoted to say “The scariest moment is just before you start.”
And so, many of us are using willpower to force ourselves or only working under the pressure of a deadline to get started writing – to get past this scary point.
And, maybe, up until now, this may have been working for you.
But during this exceptional time of a global pandemic, for some, there is nothing to do but write. Suddenly, it’s what is ahead of you and yet there’s no real deadline, or “reason” to force yourself to write.
So, what now? Well, it’s a choice.
There will be pressure coming eventually again. Maybe it’s a deadline. Maybe it’s a fear that research is going to re-open and you haven’t completed the writing that you wanted to accomplish during this time and suddenly you find that you are under this pressure … again. And, you start.
Of course, the pressure works. Yes, fear works. It is an excellent motivator. It supports us to act quickly in times of danger and to make decisions that keep us alive. It is a necessary part of our human make up and it keeps us safe.
So, it’s time to check in with yourself. Are you using fear to motivate yourself to write?
Is it time to do something differently?
I recognize that it may not feel like it right now, but it is possible to choose kindness, compassion and ways of supporting yourself to get started writing and in your life. Writing doesn’t have to be a burden and it’s possible to move through it with more ease.
It’s not that it’s not possible, it’s just that you haven’t learned how.
I’ve been teaching my clients how with My Write with Confidence System and they are the examples of what’s possible.
If you are ready to receive a support through a focussed coaching program combined with accountability and support that is required to create sustainable change for yourself, please email me and ask about scheduling your complimentary Discovery Call firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ps There’s so much advice out there that we should just be able to start.
And, let’s face it, if “just starting” were easy, we would all be writing whenever it made sense to write and without the pressure of a deadline or the pressure that we put on ourselves.
If this worked, we would all have an hour or two set aside each day or week to write and we would arrive at that time and we would write.
If that’s happening for you and it’s easy, awesome!
If not and you would like to learn how, please email me and ask about scheduling your complimentary Discovery Call where we will take a look at what’s happening for you and whether the work I do is a good fit for you.