Hey, fellow writing pal! Are you struggling to write consistently? Are you dissatisfied with your current writing practice? I recently pulled myself out of a slump. I’m now writing more consistently, and I’m very pleased with how my writing is going.
How did I pull myself out of this slump? I asked myself a few questions that have made all the difference for my writing mindset. If you are struggling with your writing I know these questions can help you too.
The Importance of a Writing Mindset
Not only will improving your writing mindset help you write more consistently, but it can help you believe in yourself and believe you are capable of greater things than you ever imagined. You want your writing mindset to be based on the growth and abundant mindsets. This will help you believe that you have what it takes. It will also help you believe that your ideas are valuable and original.
In a career or hobby where it is so easy to compare our work with others, it is essential to have a strong positive mindset if you are going to write successfully and make any progress. Comparing your first draft to a published story will do you no good. If you feel like your writing isn’t good enough or you aren’t talented enough, you won’t be motivated to write. I recently heard the idea that our strengths are not the things we are good at. Rather, they are the things that we enjoy doing. The things that overall make us stronger. Writing is your strength because it makes you stronger. Nobody ever said writing would be easy. Maybe you don’t have all the necessary skills to make your writing what you want it to be. Yet. But you are not stuck. The writer you are today, does not have to be the writer you are tomorrow. You need to remember how far you’ve come as a writer. Remind yourself what you do know. And keep in mind that you can always learn more.
Another common stumbling block to achieving a powerful writing mindset is believing that our work is not original. Everything has already been written, and written better. So why try? Because, friend, this is NOT true. Nobody can write the way you can. Nobody can tell your story the same way. So although ideas may be similar, everything is original and unique because no two people are the same. Even the best stories can be surprisingly similar to others. Don’t believe me? See how many similarities you can find in Star Wars and Harry Potter. Stories become unique when they combine existing ideas in new ways, build upon previous ideas, or show a new insight on a familiar topic. You can write about anything you want and make it original because there is only one you!
Writing Mindset Questions
As you answer these questions try and push past the obvious answers, or your initial answers. Be as specific as you can. The more you put into this exercise, the more you will get out of it.
1. What do you want to accomplish?
- What are your short term goals?
- What are your long term goals?
2. What are your biggest struggles?
- What can you do to overcome these struggles?
- What is out of your control and how can you accept that?
3. What resources do you have available?
- Do you have a writing buddy or critique group?
- Can you invest a bit of money into your writing?
- Is there a book you can read to inspire your creativity or learn a new skill?
4. Why do you write?
- What would have to change for you to no longer want to write?
- Who do you write for?
5. What is your writing mantra?
6. What have you accomplished so far?
- What is your biggest accomplishment?
- What is your most recent accomplishment?
- What accomplishment are you most proud of?
7. How often do you want to write?
8. What does your writing routine look like?
- Do you write best in the morning or evening?
- Do you read or do a writing prompt before writing?
- Do you eat or drink before or while you write?
9. What does your writing space look like?
- Is your space messy or clean?
- Is it quiet or loud?
10. What is your writing process like?
- Are you a planner or a pantser?
- Do you write linearly or do you jump around?
- Do you finish one project before starting another?
11. How much self care do you need?
- Do you need it daily or weekly?
- How much self-care do you need at one time?
12. Do you need to take breaks?
- Is it better for you to take a five minute break every hour or so?
- Can you write for hours without stopping?
- Do you need to take one or two days off each week?
13. How do you learn best?
- Do you learn visually or orally?
- Do you like to read books or watch videos?
- Do you learn best with a group or by yourself?
14. Are you an introvert or extrovert?
- Do you feel more energized with a group of friends or after talking on the phone?
- Do you need to recharge with a little bit of alone time?
15. What kind of self-care helps you most?
- Do you like self-care that is relaxing or mindless?
- Do you like self-care that is physical activity or creative?
- What is one thing you can do every day for YOU?
16. Who do you write for?
- Do you write for yourself?
- Do you write for your readers?
- Do you write for family?
17. What are your writing fears?
- Are you afraid your writing isn’t good enough?
- Are you afraid you’ll never be published?
- Are you afraid your idea isn’t original?
18. What is holding you back?
- Are you letting your writing fears win?
19. How can you tidy your writing life?
- Are you adding anything unnecessary to your routine because you think you are supposed to?
- Is there anything you could add to your routine to make you more productive and motivated?
20. What are your tell-tale ways of procrastinating?
- Are you prioritizing other responsibilities (dishes, laundry, etc.) to justify why you can’t write?
- Are you wasting time on social media or binging shows instead of writing?
21. What is your definition of a writer?
- Do you fit this definition?
- What do you need to do to become the kind of writer you want to be?
As you seriously consider these questions and answer them truthfully, I know they will help you develop a writing mindset that will keep you writing on a regular basis. Whenever you feel yourself slipping out of a regular routine, return to your answers. Make sure they are still accurate. As you grow as a writer, your answers will change. So be sure to look at the questions frequently. Pin this post to Pinterest so you can find them easily.
Which question had the most impact on your writing mindset?
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