35: 3 Reasons Why You’re Not Writing
In today's episode, I'm going to cover three roadblocks that might be keeping you from writing. Here's a preview of what's included:
[01:45] So much of writing or editing a book has to do with managing your mind. And there’s no getting out of having to manage your mind either — you can understand story structure, you can study all the books and take all the courses on character creation or worldbuilding or whatever, but until you understand that what you think about is going to create the emotion that either drives the action or inaction, you’re never going to take action.
[02:45] Reason #1: You're stuck doing a bunch of busywork. What does this look like? Filling out character questionnaires, spending way too much time worldbuilding, taking all the courses, reading all the books, doing all the “things” — except writing.
[05:05] Reason #2: You're giving yourself too much time to get things done. What does this look like? You're putting in the time to “work on your novel”, what you actually produce doesn’t line up with the many hours you’ve been working.
[08:45] Reason #3: You're avoiding failure or feelings of discomfort. What does this look like? Not taking chances. Not putting yourself out there. Not finishing a draft.
[12:00] Key points and episode recap.
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Links mentioned in this episode:
- The #1 Myth That Holds Writers Back (podcast and article)
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