I’ll cut to the chase to share these wonderful nuggets on how to hack into a greater writing life. They’ll help you kick off on writing better. I use a couple of them (all, actually) and they always work for me. I left out personal examples to give you a quick read. Really want you to get them so they are briefly explained.
1. Develop a different perspective towards failure. Let it push you forward. Let it urge you to make more life-changing decisions. Think on your errors as being an opportunity to discover what doesn’t work and move on. Truth is, we can be incapacitated by failure, just like fear does, or we can create better arts as a result. It all boils down to the choice we make.
2. Get feedback. On your life. On your work. It’s deliberate practice and deliberate living that gives your art the shift you expect. And deliberate practice pushes upon you the need to always require feedback. How do you measure your progress? By your own judgment? Does the idea of creative (and merciless) critiquing resonate with you? It has got to or you’ll be pushing the wrong buttons to achieving greatness in your art and life.
3. Learn hard-boiled focus. In a noisy world, where the proliferation of internet information and social media offer so many distractions, what’s left to do is to learn early to develop a hard-boiled focus. Hard-boiled meaning you’ll deliberately work on turning distractions off and focus on what matters. Slaughter the time spent on twitter, mailbox, facebook, websites, and even your blog. And focus on doing what pays and transforms your life.
4. Focus on the real thing. While it’s cool to focus, it’s wonderful to focus on the ‘why‘ of your art. Why did you choose to be a writer? To freelance? To make books? To unleash the hurts bottled up inside you and whatever life hurls at you? To share your message with your tribe? If it’s about freelancing, for example, then focus on writing and pitching to clients. Get that goal out of the way and be glad for a work done. If you do not know the ‘why’ of your writing, you’ll skulk when grievously tried.
5. Stop being afraid. And start creating the arts you’ve always wanted to. It’s a decision you’ll have to make to walk through the slew of fear and do what has to be done. Stick to doing the work and turn off the voice in your head that says you suck at this, or that this won’t work. It said it before, and still you created a couple arts. You can do more, just ignore that foe.
6. Write everyday. In seeking to gain mastery, you cannot afford to do occasionally what you aim will draw you closer to the life of your dream. If writing, for you, is a lot of tiring work, then you’ve got to ask what you’re doing here at all. But if not, learn this basic truth: Writing everyday isn’t really about writing a lot, but about writing often. Like Jeff puts it, “The idea is repetition — developing a discipline of showing up, making this a priority, and working through The Resistance.” If writing isn’t a hobby, then employ the discipline of writing daily to harness the benefits of the craft.
7. Build Your Tribe. A tribe is the audience that pays attention to your kind of message. If you’ve found your niche (and know it) then you can start to share your message. As you remain faithful to your passion, showing up as often as you’ve promised (and delivering on other promises), your audience starts to trust you and soon, begins to listen to you. It takes, among other things, solving a problem and yet showing your scars to build a committed tribe.
8. Keep updating. Everything we know has an expiration date. And if you fail to discourage the voice that says to wait for permission, it does these to your art: crumbles it, makes it shallow as you keep sharing what’s outdated, you lose permission from your audience, and…you find you’re writing dung. Much as you’ve got to stay focused, keep updating yourself. Voracious reading eventually tells on your works. It’s so easy to tell when a writer hasn’t done his homework. He sucks, and his works bore.
9. Be a giver. Live to give. Be more generous. Meet a stranger. Tell your story with utmost sincerity. Eric Barker said, “Then I looked at the other end of the spectrum and said if Givers are at the bottom, who’s at the top? Actually, I was really surprised to discover, it’s the Givers again. The people who consistently are looking for ways to help others are over-represented not only at the bottom, but also at the top of most success metrics.”
10. Be generous but do not be a martyr. Know when it’s time to hold out much and when to throw products out for sale, or your income will be sorry. Also, if you’ve been committed to your audience (as they’ve been to you), it behooves you to ask what they need, or just for a start, throw out something small and see if it catches their fancy as to pay for it. If it does, build on the product and throw it out bigger this time. But regardless, stick with being generous without shooting yourself.
- THE EXTRA
Keep Creating. You don’t stop being a creative because a reader said your work sucks. Or because you feel your work’s never good enough. You’re a creative because you’re totally in love with what you do: creating. So don’t give up at the silliest slight from critics or failure or not-good-enough-feeling. Keep creating and keep shipping. It’s the trick to getting better and being heard. Wanting the ‘big break’ sounds good. But that takes practice and hard-boiled focus. So, keep creating.
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Hi. I’m Yusuff Busayo, a Writer, Book-craze, Speaker (among other stuffs). I inspire people to Write, Create and Make Impact. Check out my about page for details about this blog. Or connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Google+.
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