Friday, 6 May 2011

Keep plugging away

Well it's been a while since I updated this page  and nobody seems to be reading it so what the hell? Resistance is the worst thing that we face. It's easy to come up against resistance and not break through it. As a writer with a full time job and a 3 year old it's hard to find the time to actually do the writing.

So what have I done about it? Well over the last couple of weeks I've come across a couple of really good self help books, bear in mind that I can't normally read these things as they're full of unproven platitudes for the weak willed.  So what changed? The first one "Do the work" by Steven Pressfield tells you how to break through the resistance we all feel when doing any big project but the one piece of advice i found realy useful was from an interview he did where he told a writer to just write for 2 hours in one go, ignoring all else that is going around him and not self editing as he was doing it. I never managed the 2 hours but 90 minutes was enough to type 5000 words completely unedited. I'll worry about the editing at the end, the most important thing for me right now is to get the bloody novel written.

The other book is "59 seconds" a self help book with a difference, all of the techniques have been backed up by psychological research and will take you less than a minutes to do. Want to get creative do suduko or a word finder puzzle before hand and your sensisble side will be taken care of to let your creative side do the creating. Ok, so I'm paraphrasing but you get the point.

So push past the resistance and get writing