Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Finish That Book: 5 Mindset Tips for Writers -- Tamara Branch

Your heart wants you to write. Your spirit is begging you to express yourself. You are bursting at the seams, with the desire to finish this THING you’ve been working on. I know how you feel. I’ve started so many writing projects. For years I would get really excited about writing my first book or first script. I would start with a bang and then life would get in the way. My thoughts were blocking me. My enthusiasm faded. My attention moved somewhere else. Sound familiar? Apparently, it’s not enough to just have a great idea. After years of starting and stopping, I changed my approach and finally wrote my first book and published it this year. Seriously, the best feeling.

Here are some of my productivity mindset tips to help you finally finish your book.

1. Let your passion lead the way. If you are not truly interested in what you are writing about, you are going to run out of steam. Write from the heart. It’s important to keep coming back to your center, what moves you, what excites you, what inspires you. Tell the story you want to tell. Create your world. Go on your journey. Always come back to the core purpose of what you are writing and why you are writing it. Keep your passion alive. That fire in you is the fuel you need to finish.
2. Make a commitment to yourself and to your project. You will finish your book when you make it important. Honor your dreams and you honor your life. Decide to complete what you start, period. How would you feel if you let this project and all of your other creative projects fall by the wayside? I asked myself that question years ago and I burst into tears. I remember listening to Dr. Wayne Dyer speak. He was talking about tapping into your creativity. He paused, looked at the audience and said, “Don’t die with your music still in you.” What a statement! I don’t want to die with my music still in me, do you?
3. Stop thinking so much. You can THINK yourself to death, ya know. Many writing projects have lost their life due to the over judging, over thinking, over analyzing activity of the writer. Less thinking — more writing. Schedule specific times to write and honor that time. Some days you’ll be in the flow, other days you won’t. Every time you sit down to write, you get closer to your personal victory.
4. Focus. Work on ONE creative project until it’s done.That’s how I finished my book.  Yes, you will have to resist the urge to jump around to 50 million other creative temptations. I did. It wasn’t easy. Writing can be frustrating and often times makes you want to run for the hills. Don’t run. Refresh. Renew. Refocus every day until you get there.
5. Take Breaks. Back away from the computer.Personally, I take a dance break every 25 minutes, when I’m writing, even if it’s for a minute or two. No stagnant energy allowed in the writer’s room. This is also a great way to infuse some extra joy into the process. A quick walk and stretch are also good to get the circulation going in your body and free up the mind to release more of it’s brilliance.

Cheers to finishing your book:-)

Tamara Branch is author of ITGIRL4LIFE: How to bring out your special something and so much more, available now on Amazon
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