Do you have a writing goal?
Maybe you would like to write 1,500 words a day, or write every day, or have a book done by the end of the year, or just get one started.
We feel strongly about what we want to to create or we feel the strong urge to create.
However, too often our writing goals are not met. We intend to sit in the chair to get writing, but we don’t. We are inspired and excited but we become distracted or dive into a book rather than a notebook.
We all have goals we would like to work towards and that is fabulous.
Your words are important. Your writing is important and this is your time to put your voice out into the world. — Tweet that!
Creating doesn’t have to be difficult. What makes it easier is having clarity on the steps of the process to give perspective, hope, and inspiration.
If you search around, you will find tons of rules for writing and meeting your goals. You will find tips on efficiency, on grammar, on outlining, on all kinds of thing that helps you bring your words to form.
That type of rule is not what I am offering. What I am offering you are the rules that are at the core of all these tips, the underlying energy and process that is at work when we align with our creative selves and authentic truth.
Keep these in mind when you write. The act of writing and the act of meeting your goals will become clearer, easier and totally doable.
Get clear about what your goal is and why you want to accomplish it. Take the time to sit in meditation or to use your journal as a way to meditate. Allow yourself to settle in and ask your inner guiding system what it is you want to accomplish and why. Feel the answer, feel the process. How does the vision of accomplishing your goal feel in your body? How does it help you shine brighter in the world?
Become clear about the content or, in other words, your message. This will be the driving force of your work. The form will fall into place.
Take some time to imagine your message in different forms. Is it a book, a blog post, an article, a talk? Trust your gut here, your content will guide you to the appropriate form.
Clarity is important because it is always something you can go back to, it will be there to hold and support you on the inevitable days when the words don’t easily come. This clarity will help guide you through and will be the foundation that your creative self stands on confidently.
We must engage in the work. Not just physically by sitting down but also energetically. When you are not writing, take time to think about the questions coming up for you as you write, look actively for inspiration. Keep a notebook with you and jot down ideas, musings and “aha” moments. By engaging your thoughts and energy in your goal and message, the project stays alive, it becomes joyful and energized.
To meet a writing goal we must write. Engage by sitting down and writing.
Create a ritual about doing so. Before a word hits the page, name your core message, feel it in your body then write from that place. Keep your focus on a bigger picture. Keep your focus on why you want to accomplish this goal. Be gentle with yourself but you have also got to keep writing.
On the days when this might be difficult, write in a notebook, have Siri dictate for you when you are running errands. Just keep moving forward. Each word you put down is one step closer to your goal.
3. Stop Writing
Once you have become clear on your message and have been engaging with it energetically and by doing the work, take a moment to breathe. Do this by having a small goal for yourself and a plan to take a break once the small goal is accomplished. Maybe it is after writing so many words, or so many pages or for so many days. Pausing is important for integration, to keep your focus and to maintain momentum.
This break has to be set as well. No more than a week vacation. Put it on your calendar. And more importantly, put on your calendar, on your phone, when you are to start again.
During this pause allow the words you have been writing to settle in, to rest and develop. Allow yourself to feel into the experience of having written and recharge and reconnect to your core message.
As you reengage, keep your purpose and your message alive by sharing. You don’t have to share your work quite yet, but keep the energy moving by speaking about your process, your joy, your inspiration. Bring in your family and friends. Share on social media. Keep excited about the project. When we share with the world, we are energized and our work is as well.
Doing so helps you keep momentum, sets up interest, accountability and it helps your work blossom.
Throughout this process, trust is crucial. Trust in yourself, trust in your message. Trust that the work that is inside you is already all there, it just needs your help be brought into the world.
Trust that when you need them, the right guides will come. Trust that when we write with intention, clarity, love and inspiration your work will be supported by those around you, those who are meant to read it and by the universe itself.
Trust your work, love your self and trust in the process of creating. The times when you don’t want to write, but you do, will create power and will bring you a place where you are excitedly engaged. The times when you are engaged and writing is a state you are fully capabile of inhabiting all the time.
Know this, trust the intuition that brought you to want to write in the first place.