7 Timeless Tips for Conscious Writing Success

January 13, 2014

A couple of years ago I wrote an article on how to create a New Year strategy for success and inject a fresh burst of energy into your plans for writing and publishing your book.

When I reviewed it in preparation to share something of real value with you to herald the start of 2014, it struck me how the tips are not just related to success at the start of the year.

The timeless nature of the seven suggestions inspired me to share them with you one more time alongside one additional recommendation. That is to take advantage of the fresh wave of energy and enhanced sense of creative possibility which is a factor of the New Year.

So if you’re ready to follow through on your impulse to write what you are here to write in 2014, bring these tips to life by taking action within the next seven days. Then keep the momentum going by connecting with other Conscious Writers who are doing the same. Enjoy!

1. Identify what is genuinely important to you about your writing.

So many people today live in the fast lane. As a result, it is easy to lose sight of what really matters.

With your writing, being consciously connected to what is truly important enables you to give yourself permission to prioritise your writing time. This means that you will get your writing done and feel more creatively satisfied as a result.

So start this year by taking time to re-connect to the source of your inspiration to write. Then write about that in your journal to refer back to in the coming months.

2. Clarify your vision.

With that connection in place to keep you grounded, the next step is to sharpen your focus on where you are heading. Being clear about your vision will inspire and motivate you to maintain your progress.

One of the most powerful ways of bringing your vision to life is to create a Vision Board. This involves making a collage of images to represent yourself as an author and what you want to achieve with your writing.

If you have already made one, the turn of the year is a wonderful opportunity to add new images which feel appropriate for this year, or make a fresh one to reflect your new ideas for 2014.

3. Clear your inner and outer space.

When it comes to the creative cycle, space is often overlooked. Yet it is a crucial ingredient of the creative process. In fact, space is the true source of your most inspired ideas.

Starting with your inner space, I recommend that you empty your mind and take regular breaks from thinking. Strange though this may sound, it is an exceptionally good way to recharge your creative fire.

De-cluttering your outer space, especially where you write, also has an immensely beneficial effect on the free flow of your writing. So if you haven’t had a clear-out in a while, this is your chance to do so.

4. Get organised.

One of the challenges that many writers face is keeping track of all their ideas efficiently. Most creative people find that ideas for a project can arrive at any time of day (and night!).

Many experienced writers have pads of paper and pens scattered all around the house, and never leave home without a notebook. Yet ending up with piles of disorganised notes can be frustrating and time consuming when you can’t find what you’re looking for.

If this resonates with you, turn over a new leaf this year and purchase some new files (colourful ones always make this task more fun), and dedicate a few hours to putting your notes in order.

5. Make a plan.

For some writers, planning comes easily and naturally. For others it is such an unwelcome task that it never gets done at all!

Yet having the right kind of plan to work to can actually free up your creativity rather than curb it. Certainly, proper planning is part of making the shift into the more serious gear that writing a book for publication requires.

Depending on where you are on in the writing process, this may mean making a plan for completing your article or manuscript, or drafting your synopsis in preparation for approaching agents or publishers. Whatever applies to your individual situation, a plan will guide you step-by-step towards your vision.

6. Pay attention to your choices and decisions on a daily basis.

Writing a book involves an important balance between the big picture (the vision) and the detail (the words on the page).

Each and every day, how you choose to spend your time and deciding what your priorities are become the defining moments on your journey.

The future arises out of who we are in the present moment and the smallest daily decisions lead to the largest long term results. So bring your awareness to your choices today and see the positive effects tomorrow.

7. Take action!

Of course all of the visioning and planning in the world will only take you so far. When all is said and done, vision and action go hand in hand.

So avoid being seduced by having a beautifully tidy writing space with your Vision Board on your wall, your notes beautifully filed and your plan carefully scheduled … but no writing actually happening!

Remember what this is all for – to move you forwards joyfully and creatively towards successful published authorship – whatever route you take to get there.

The results of your efforts need to show up on the page and this is where you’ll know whether or not you are on track for success with writing and publishing your book in 2014.

Good luck and enjoy the journey of diving ever more deeply into your conscious and creative expression as a writer!

Q4U: What strategies resonate most with you? What others do you use to keep you on track with your writing? Share your experience below.


© Julia McCutchen 2014. All Rights Reserved.

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Julia McCutchen is an author, conscious writing 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 FREE Membership and resources for writers, visit www.iaccw.com.

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  1. Hi Julia,

    Thank you for this post. It is excellent. I deeply resonate with point no 3. Clear inner and outer space are important for me to begin any creative endeavor, which for me is either writing or making a video.

    Two strategies for writing have worked for me.

    1. Making a Commitment to Others Publicly: I send out a weekly newsletter every Saturday to people who signed up to hear from me. This is a very public commitment for me. It is easier to say to myself, “ahhh, I am too tired to write today as planned”, than to say that regarding my newsletter. I know that I have committed to my newsletter family to share with them a piece every Saturday. This has been really really motivating. And as someone who is still beginning the writing adventure, the outer motivation is a great help for me as I build my inner drive for writing.

    2. Most Important Project (MIP): MIP is something I learnt from Leo Babauta the author of “The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential, in Business and in Life”. He says that on any given day, when we begin with MIP, we can be sure it gets done. This means for me, every day knowing what is the one thing I want to get accomplished today. An MIP can be: “30 minutes of writing”. Or “5 pages written” Or “Edit the video footage for 1 hr”. Of course, this MIP should be something relevant to your big dream/ larger project. And then, before the hustle-bustle of the day begins, we need to get to the MIP. It is the first thing we do before checking email or before any other appointments. This is the first appointment with yourself before everything else. And it can be as long in duration as you need it to be but it can be as small as 30 min. The key here is to get that MIP done.

    These two strategies, I have found to be very useful.

    Thank you so so much, Julia for the inspiration you have given me.

    Blesssings and Peace from the Mountains of North Carolina, USA

    Comment by Sophia — January 16, 2014

  2. Really useful 7 point plan – just what I needed to point me in the right direction.
    Thank you

    Comment by Rachel Davies — January 18, 2014

  3. Hi Sophia

    Thank you for your lovely comments and for sharing what has resonated most with you.

    It is also great to read about the two strategies which have worked for you. I certainly agree with what you have said. Public commmitments are wonderful for focusing us on our chosen priorities and supporting us to remain accountable to ourselves – and others. I use this strategy often with my newsletter announcements about all of my major projects like writing a book, planning a retreat, and so on!

    I’ve also read Leo’s book which I enjoyed and my approach is always to start with the MIP and have no more than 3 main project actions per day. I love your examples of writing and particularly endorse the fact that we need to take action before looking at emails with our MIP!

    Thanx again for sharing and bright blessings right back to you from the wilds of Wiltshire in SW England!


    Comment by Julia — January 21, 2014

  4. Hi Rachel

    So glad this has hit the spot for you. Enjoy taking action! 🙂


    Comment by Julia — January 21, 2014

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