The other day I wrote about Getting Started. Since then I’ve had this niggling feeling that the article needed more work; it didn’t feel finished, like it wasn’t the whole truth.
- It’s hard to get started. answer: Make sure you prep, build a routine
- It’s hard to stick at it. answer: Form a habit, habits are hard to break
Then it showed you some simple tricks and tips that can help conquer resistance and put these methods in place yourself.
Last week I managed to hit the publish button on that article from a dim-lit hotel room while travelling for work.
All, I thought, was well.
Heading home again on the long-haul flight I started writing out, with pen and paper how my thought processes worked (don’t worry, that nightmare isn’t being shared here) and how to simplify this into something useful for others. How to get from thought, to firm idea, validate, put it into actions, and get them done instead of letting them run wild as internal musings, open loops, and unfinished projects.
As the writing flowed on these processes, some notes came up on the recent article
Had the article actually made sense?
Will it be useful to others looking at starting something or sticking to it?
Re-write the post with all these new and improved ideas?
Delete the post all together!?
All this stuff was making it onto the paper. What did it mean? Where was it going?
It didn’t seem to matter, I couldn’t put the pen down.
It was only a day earlier I found this little gem from Tim Ferriss on being disconnected and unplugged during the writing/creativity/getting-things-done process and was accidentally putting it into place right there on the plane. Talk about serendipity!
The War Of Art sprung to mind again here too as the author talks about actually getting started, but also what happens next
When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us – Steven Pressfield.
Weird thing? I could feel it.
I am certainly not a natural writer. Apart from being a total nerd who is much more comfortable typing, I’m actually inherently lazy. I’m a better doer than writer. But for some reason, this time
I need to get this out, I have to get this out. I never wanted it to end!
It came hunting like a pack wolf. I noticed it after about 2 pages, but it knew this and then the dance began..
Have you ever seen the 1983 Twilight Zone movie (or the original) where that gremlin tears up the plane from the wing?
Check out this note I wrote at the top of one of the pages as I considered all these internal monologues and whether anyone would be interested in this or just think I was completely insane:
Is this an opinion piece? How do you position that? Do I even know how to do that? I should try looking that up…
F@ck! Who cares?! This is just more resistance!
I even started writing “THE EN..” and got to the N in END and stopped. Get it all out
Resistance is strongest at the finish line – Steven Pressfield.
Did resistance win?
Tell it that he did. Then smile cos you know he didn’t…this time. 🙂
When I had finished there was over 3500 words in total, in under 5 hours!
That was the clincher. Do you know what this means?! Following this sort of non-distraction method, fighting resistance you could easily write a post a day. It’s not a goal, it’s a possibility. It shouldn’t shackle you as a to do item, it should empower you to know you are capable.
2 Quick Points in Summary
Let yourself go: Use a notepad and just write it all out, warts ‘n all. You can edit later
Resistance is always there: Respect that, acknowledge it and keep on truckin’
Will my writing be better from now on? No idea. Time will tell, but what I do know is things are different now. Now I am truly – DONE.
I even came back to write a new opening. Oh, the joy of getting onto Evernote knowing I have already got the post down – the whole thing on paper. All I need to do is type it out, re-order the paragraphs to be less crazy-thought-process, take a couple pictures and BOOM. Done.
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