Mind Your Mindset for Successful Authorship

November 12, 2012

Head&HeartBeing aware of your mindset and how it either helps or hinders your progress as a writer is fundamental to your success as an author.

Many people understand a mindset to be “a collection of thought processes which are characteristic to an individual or a group” (Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus).

However, there is an important ingredient missing from this definition.

Mindset is not just about your thoughts; it is also about your emotions. What you think is crucial but what you feel is even more significant when it comes to writing a book for publication, and indeed with everything you do in life.

Thought and emotion are an immensely powerful combination which can either work for, or against, what you want to achieve with your writing.

Jane’s Story

On her 40th birthday, Jane decided that the book she had thought about writing for so long could not be put off any longer. It felt like “now or never” and she was determined to see it through to completion.

As a professional person who had an interest in personal development, Jane knew all about setting goals and positive thinking. She created a plan and scheduled time in her diary to begin writing.

Three months later with only a few pages of notes and nothing concrete achieved, she approached me for help.

She was dismayed by the fact that despite her best efforts and a strong intellectual determination to write her book, it just wasn’t happening. The situation was especially frustrating for her as she was a disciplined person who usually found it easy to stick to her plans.

A Mismatch Between Head and Heart

It wasn’t long before the coaching process revealed that although she had gathered her thoughts about writing her book, the way she felt about the whole process was entirely different.

Deep down she didn’t believe she could write or that she had anything of value to say let alone that anyone else would be interested to read her words.

She also felt she had no chance of being published which meant she was discouraged before she had even started. On top of that, she discovered that sheer willpower didn’t work with writing; the harder she pushed, the less progress she made!

Awareness is the First Step

Once she became aware of what was really going on, she immediately felt a sense of relief. It wasn’t long before she was able to let go of the enormous pressure she had been putting herself under and this resulted in real progress being made at last.

She began releasing the anxieties she had been feeling and started to embrace a healthier and more holistic approach to writing her book.

With an enhanced degree of awareness and a few key supporting strategies, she was able to shift her mindset – thoughts and feelings – onto a new level which ultimately opened the way for her writing to flow freely.

She is now enjoying writing more than ever before and making good progress with her manuscript.

Jane’s story is not an isolated example. When it comes to writing your book for publication, your mindset is one of the key factors that will make or break your success.

Invitation to Take Action:

Ask yourself this question – how do I feel in my heart of hearts about being a writer and an author?

  • Take time and space to reflect and write in your journal over the next few days.
  • Download any anxieties that surface onto the page so you are no longer carrying them around within you.
  • Clear the space in your head and your heart for a new way of thinking and feeling about writing and authorship to become your reality.
  • Identify at least five positives relating to yourself as a writer and an author, however small. For example, “I have always loved words” or “I genuinely feel I have something to say”.
  • Transfer these positives onto a blank sheet of art paper or card and decorate it with plenty of colour plus some symbolic images to support the words.
  • Keep it simple so it doesn’t become a huge task on your “to do” list that never gets completed!
  • Look at your sheet of positives each and every day before you write.

Q4U: What is your current mindset around writing and authorship, and how does it help or hinder your ability to show up and write regularly? Share your experience below.

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© Julia McCutchen 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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Julia McCutchen is an author, conscious creativity coach, intuitive mentor, and the founder & creative director of the International Association of Conscious & Creative Writers (IACCW). A former publisher of books on spiritual and personal development, Julia teaches conscious creativity, conscious writing and a holistic approach to writing for publication that combines the inner journey of creative self-discovery with the practical steps required for writing and publishing books. She is the author of The Writer’s Journey: From Inspiration to Publication. For more information and a FREE Special Report on Discovering Your Authentic Voice – on the page and in the world, visit www.iaccw.com.

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