A common barrier to putting the pen to the page is:
“…yeah, but I don’t really LIKE writing.”
I still suggest you get started.
And here’s why…
1. The more you write, the more you will like writing.
2. The more you like writing, the more you will want to write.
3. The more you want to write, the more thought, time and effort you will put into your writing.
4. The more thought, time and effort you put into your writing, the better your writing will become.
5. The better your writing becomes, the more confidence you will have.
6. The more confidence you have, the more you will write and want to write.
And then the pattern repeats itself. Forever.
I call this “The Circle of Write.”
Creativity guru Mihály Csíkszentmihályi refers to this type of process as a Feedback Loop of Mutual Causation and Reinforcement.
This means, as he explains in Finding Flow, “If you focus attention on anything, it is likely that you will become interested in it. And if you are interested in something, you will focus on it.”
So, the effect becomes the cause.
And the cause becomes the effect.
WHICH MEANS: the key to writing is to addict yourself to it.
So, follow The Circle of Write.
And that whole “…yeah, but I don’t really LIKE writing” excuse will become non-existent.
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