Good news: Signs of spring are showing up almost everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere right now. Spring is a time of renewal and growth. It’s the perfect time to clean up, declutter, and refresh what’s gone stale sitting in a drawer or cupboard.
If you’re serious about your writing (and I know you are!), here are 5 things you can do during the next 5 days to re-jumpstart your writing:
1. Collect all your writings in one place. That might be in one file drawer, in a 3-ring binder, or in one folder on your computer titled “My Creative Writing.” It’s important to know what you have so you know where to begin.
2. Open up 3 of those half-started or almost complete documents and read them again.
3. What does the article, story, chapter, ebook or blog post need? Ask it what it needs. Listen. Then write down on a 3 x 5 card the next 3 steps you’ll take to work on 1 particular article, story, chapter, ebook or blog post. The act of writing down your next steps jumpstarts the process of continuing. When we KNOW what’s next, we attract exactly what we need through synchronicities.
4. Set aside 30 minutes on your calendar for the next 5 days. This is a time you’ll devote to writing. Don’t freak out! You don’t have to actually “write” during this 30 minute window. Depending on what you identified in #3 above, you may use this time for research, reflection, or reading. What matters is that you’re giving attention to your writing again.
5. Notice what you enjoyed about the process of 1-4 above. What was fun? What was difficult? What do you need to add or take away? Make a list. Journal about it.
And let me know what your results are.
I’ll be looking for your byline on an article somewhere soon.