how to write right

Want to Write More? Master a Writer’s Mindset

From the fun and flirtatious to professional and profitable, writing is an important part of our creative and business lives. No matter what career you are in or what kind of business you own, you need to be writing on a daily basis, whether it’s an email, a sales pitch or an authentic personal blog about your passions and interests. As Virginia Woolf says in the quote above, our secrets are written large in our written works.

Few of us learned how to write for fun in school and many of us dreaded writing class. We’ve long forgotten how to be creative in writing and we’ve lost track of that teenager who kept a secret diary where we poured out our hearts, secret crushes and biggest dreams. I still have the letters my husband sent me from Korea and my grandmother kept every card and letter I ever sent her! Historians rely on letters and diaries to give us an imperfect perspective on the past.

Why should you be writing more? Because right now, in our internet-savvy, online marketing, social media crazy world, CONTENT is KING!

So how do you get started? By cultivating a writer’s mindset.

Here are 4 effortless ways to start writing now:

  1. Get rid of distractions.
    Especially if you are writing on your computer, turn off email, internet and Facebook notifications. Turn off your cell phone, home phone and Skype. No one will forget about you because you make time to write. In fact, they will respect you for making the time. Does this sound familiar? “Oh no, I forgot to close Firefox, I have two new FB notifications, they might be important, they might mean money.” I promise, it can wait.
  2. Schedule the time in your calendar.
    If you are like me, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by your day, your to-do list, interruptions from family and kids. Do you schedule time for lunch? For exercise? For meetings? If you are serious about writing, make the time. Block out several short blocks of time each week for your business writing, journaling or blogging. One of my New Year’s intentions is to start my day by writing in my personal journal.
  3. Scheduling the time in your calendar will help you to make writing a HABIT.
    Not all habits are bad, some are quite good like making healthy food choices, exercising, getting plenty of sleep and WRITING! Want to know more about habits, check out the book The Power of Habit, it’s a great audio book. I love audio books. I don’t have enough time to read, too busy writing. Audio books allow me to use car time or long walks on the beach to catch up on reading, too.
  4. Finally, you have to EXERCISE your writing muscles.
    I find that the more I write, the more the ideas flow freely and the more I want to write. It’s a lot like running, getting out the front door is the hardest part but it feels so good when you are done. I find that when I write in my journal in the mornings, I get ideas for blog posts, marketing ideas, new courses, and inspiration for all kinds of things.

If writing more is on your list of New Year’s goals, what are you willing to commit to? How will you create a writer’s mindset?

If you want to learn more about the writer’s mindest, the writing habit or how to become a better writer, check out the writing class I am offering with Kate Frank, we will teach you to write right and how to turn your content to cash.