We all know that few things in life change overnight, so first things first: If you’re thinking that I’m going offer a “quick fix” or promise a way to take you from 0-60 by tomorrow morning, you’re wrong.
When I say overnight, I don’t mean just one “overnight”. To get the most out of these ideas, you have to commit to them and make this a habit, but the good news is you can start making progress immediately.
1. Right Now: Choose something to work on
As soon as you’re done reading this, find something to write or type with. For the next 3 minutes, think of subjects, topics or writing prompts you would like to use for future lenses. Keep them short – just a few words will do. Write as many or as few as come to you. Don’t worry if some are better than others. By exercising the power of choice, you are setting an intention to be a better writer, starting with a particular project. The amount of time is less important than the consciousness of your choice, so ask yourself, what is my intention? Choose to be a better writer, today and tomorrow by “committing to what you can accomplish” instead of an abstract goal.
2. Tonight: Read something before bed
You can use reading to become a better writer. You should read for pleasure, but remember to keep an analytical eye open – What can you learn about the craft of writing from what you’re reading? Tonight, before you go to sleep, spend 15-20 minutes reading the work of a good writer. It could be non-fiction, a novel, a newspaper, magazine or Squidoo lens. I recommend you start with this article.
3. Tomorrow: Set aside time to write
When you wake up tomorrow, plan at least 30 minutes of your day for writing. Nothing else. If you spend your time staring at a blank screen, so be it – at least you set aside time for your writing. Small steps towards a goal are important, even when they seem insignificant. Prioritizing what’s important is proven to improve the quality of the work that you do. By making dedicated time for your writing, you are already behaving more like a writer, regardless of how you actually use the time.
Use these three ideas and use them often and I guarantee your writing will improve. I’m looking forward to seeing what you all create and always remember:
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao-tzu