How To Become More Serious With Your Writing

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Answer by David Throop: (a little post about overcoming the obstacles that are in your way as a writer)

How To Overcome Any Obstacle In Your Writing

There are many reasons to get serious about writing.
Typewriter
But first ask yourself, what is it about writing that you enjoy?
Do you get lost in the moment?
Is it something that like David Foster Wallace wrote in his metaphor about two fish swimming by each other, one fish asks, “How’s the water” and the other fish replies “what’s water?”
In other words, is it something that you can just do, or do you have a self-limiting belief holding you back?
You may be putting too much emphasis on the outcome rather than the necessary steps to get there.
Writing is not simple, and every writer – which due to schooling, the Internet and email, we are all writers – has to find a way to overcome the obstacles of momentum, motivation and inertia.
Think Of The Process Like Sailing
sailing from port
You pull out of your slip, cruise through the harbor and set out on the water.
If you constantly stare at the port, it’s going to seem like you’re never getting anywhere.
But, if you look forward, focus on all the little things like wind, setting the jib and steering; enjoy the scenery in front and next to you, once you look back, you’ll be amazed how far you’ve travelled.

3 Authors That Will Help You Overcome Your Adversity To Writing

1) In his book on writing, The Lie That Tells a Truth, John Dufresne opines that when we focus on the end product, it’s difficult to see it through.  He encourages us in his preface that;
“Remember when you were a child, and you were stuck in the house on a rainy day, and Mom sat you at the kitchen table, gave you a pencil, a sharpener, a box of crayons, and a ream of paper, and you went at it?  You drew all day long and never got blocked…”
2) Similarly Austin Kleon writes in his books, Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work, that it’s the process that people don’t see when they think about creative work. People enjoy the finished product, but as creatives we should focus on enjoying the process.
He suggests getting out in the world, carrying a notebook and making notes of the sights, sounds, smells, that you experience.  You can use them at a later date.
I wrote a post about this process of stealing and borrowing for ideas on a blog post that you can read here: My Kindle Publishing Lesson: Beg, Borrow and Steal Your Way To Becoming A Better Writer
3) Finally author Johnny B. Truant of  The Smarter Artist Podcast (as well as the Self-Publishing Podcast and Write, Publish, Repeat) claims in his episode titled “Talking About Writing Is Not Writing” – he mentions the work that a carpenter does.  A carpenter doesn’t spend their time talking about carpentry, they’re actively working on the craft.
What I find in all three examples is the need to focus on the process, the daily act of sitting down and writing.
Not one of them is saying it’s going to be easy, or fun all the time, or that you’ll write well on a regular basis.
But, the act of getting down in the trenches, of digging into the words and what you’re trying to say, is one you need to be willing to do.
Be preoccupied with the act of doing, get lost in the moment, knowing that you’ll get there some day and some how.
Don’t worry about the outcome.  That’s a burden that’s too great to carry.
If you focus on the necessary steps, and diligently get lost in the process (an oxymoron for sure!), you can start, produce and overcome any hurdles.
I wrote about how to overcome challenges in 2 simple ways back in September 2015 and I believe they’re timeless little hacks that you can check out here: 2 Simple Ways To Overcome Your Greatest Challenges In Minutes A Day

How can I get more serious about creative writing?