|Along the Cabot Trail in the Cape Breton area of Nova Scotia|
|Lunenberg, NS, Canada|
How to Get into the Mindset for Writing by J. Q. Rose
Mindset is an attitude about what you are going to do. It's not just for writing. You need to have a mindset to lose weight, stop smoking, cleaning the house, going on vacation, etc. The mindset determines how you approach your plan.
- Be positive about your writing. Don't second-guess about your work. Just sit down and write it. Nobody else is going to see it but you. You don't need to please anyone. Writing is like learning to ride a bike.The more you ride the better you get. The more you write, the better writer you will be.
- Believe that you do have a story to tell and one that will entertain and/or inform others. Think how much you can enrich lives with your writing.
- Remove distractions. You know what I'm getting at here, don't you? No cell phone, no Internet, no throwing in another load of laundry.
- Take time to breathe. Calm your mind and focus on your story or article. Don't even start a sentence until you can concentrate only at the task at hand.
- Schedule a time during the day to write. Just like keeping your doctor or dentist appointment, make a time for writing. I decided to write fiction after lunch every day and soon it became a habit. I felt cheated if I didn't get to sit down and write at that time. I don't set my mind to a fixed word count or certain amount of time for writing. I don't want to quit when I'm on a roll or feel I HAVE to fill up the time slot.
- Say with pride and certainty, "I am a writer.
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How about you? How do you set your mind to write?
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