OK. Are you ready?
Fire up your computer.
Or pull out that notepad.
Or sling on your guitar.
Write a title. Anything will do for now.
Treat yourself to a Starbucks Quad Venti Cinnamon Dolce Latte for overcoming the greatest hindrance to successful writing: starting.
A creative’s work gets destroyed in the mind. Whether you are a blogger, songwriter, preacher, or poet, we think ourselves out of doing great work.
“Will anyone like this? Will anyone RT this? Will people write me off as a loser for posting this? I think I need to work this out a bit more before I ‘publish’. No one will ever sing THIS song! This is going to bore people to tears! I SUCK!”
And we never do it.
We edit before we start and it kills our work.
Here’s what I suggest you do:
- Start writing EVERY DAY
- If you blog, publish often (at least once a week)
- If you write songs, test them out often
- Try and write first drafts that are stupidly awful
- Edit but don’t edit forever. Get it out there.
- Get comfortable with failure
- Keep going
Honestly, these principles apply to anything worthwhile in life. Some of the greatest artists in the world have never been discovered because they’re cowering from the fear of man, refusing to start – refusing to release their work.
Wayne Cordeiro says, “Wisdom is not built in a day, but it is built daily.” We could modify that and say “Success is not built in a day, but it is built daily.”
Wake up, start, and finish. Everyday. Some of it will fall by the wayside but in your consistency you’ll see people affirm your work and your gift. Just keep going.
Go start something now.
I look forward to experiencing your brilliance.
Question: If you blog or paint or sculpt or record music or make videos or create anything at all, share a link to your work in the comments. We all would love to check it out (don’t be afraid. consider this your first step in ‘starting’).