I have a secret.
I'm a lazy writer.
But I've written several books now, in spite of this fact. How? I simply learned a strategy, set some goals and kept plugging away until I met them. It's not very sexy. It wasn't super-expensive, didn't require four weeks at a posh writer's retreat or hours of counseling.
Just showing up to write is often the hardest part of the process.
In my soon-to-be-released book, The 15-Minute Writer: How to Write Your First Novel in Just 15 Minutes a Day, I compare the habit of writing (because really, that's what it becomes) to any other: flossing one's teeth, refraining from swearing, or starting an exercise program.
What stops you from showing up to write (or paint, or work on your business plan)?
It's helpful when you're trying to start a new habit, to begin small. Focus on just one area, Leo Babauta of the popular blog, Zen Habits says, and you will have success.
You say that you want to write ... but you don't do it. You'd like to take up painting again ... but you've been saying that for three years and have yet to pick up a brush.
Here are three tips that might help you get started on your creative project:
Often our resistance keeps us from starting. Don't let it. Just start. Start with five minutes or 10 or 15 but do begin. And see what happens.
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