I am now two months into my author journey and its been exhilarating so far! I am literally living the dream right now in that I wake up and meditate, write my morning pages and then sit down with my cup of tea after a delicious breakfast and I start to write. I start to pour out those words burning on my heart that are leaping onto the page.
For the first time ever in my life I have slowly started to confront my fear of writing and started a writing chain.
This is simply committing to write everyday. I have chosen to write at least 500 words everyday. Some of the words are totally rubbish, others are a little better. But I have managed to dim out that little nasty editor who tries to stop me from writing.
Writing is always a personal endeavour. You are emptying your soul out onto the page for everyone to see. If some people don’t like it, it bruises our fragile writer ego. If someone gives your writing a one start review then its as if they have rated you as a person as a one star person!
But as a Writer, you need to write and overcome that fear and that is always going to be an ongoing progress. I love the quote from Steven Pressfield.
”On the field of The Self stand a knight and a dragon. You are the knight. Resistance is the dragon”.
Everyone faces a fear when they are doing something that matters to them. Writing matters to me. Living a life based on my own values matters to me.
That is why I took the decision this year on 1st April 2016 that I would be leaving the traditional 9-5 corporate banking job where I felt my soul was slowly being crushed.
I have been writing full-time for a few weeks now and even thought I’m not actually writing full-time (lets blame the fear and other procrastination activities) but the point is that I am finally writing. Writing everyday helps me to:
- Beat the fear slowly and steadily
- Create a habit of writing
- Implement Kaizen techniques into my writing (a process of continual improvement)
Great writers are great because they consistently commit to their writing.
I’m also trying to write uncensored because I sometimes still feel I am self censoring the words as a write. And the only way to do this is to turn up and face the page everyday.
I feel lucky to have found what I want to do. I take joy in my writing. And I’m living the dream, or at least MY dream. I have created this situation for my self. I wanted to move away from the traditional 9-5 corporate grind and do work that matters to me.
Chris Guillebeau, in his new book talks about finding your dream job at the intersection of joy, money and flow. Your job should bring you joy. It should provide an income on which you can survive and it should allow you to enter a state of ‘flow’. Flow is simply when you are doing something you enjoy so much, the time seems to pass by. You are at one with the task.
I do have ambitious financial goals for my new writing career but for the time being I am focused on learning the craft of writing and helping others who want to quit their day jobs and also write full-time.
Why do you write? Please share in the comments below.