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Writing When You Don't Feel Like It

Updated: Oct 20, 2022

There so many ways to move our writing projects forward. But... there is only way to fail to make progress. And that is by QUITTING!

We decide we are too overwhelmed or too tired, or we tell ourselves that writing today won’t be fun. We tell ourselves all kind of lies, letting our primitive brain (you know, that part of you that weeks pleasure and comfort at all costs) run the show.

But if we want to make progress we CANNOT listen to the lies.

We need to work instead from a place that does not seek pleasure or comfort in the immediate context. Instead, let's work from a place where you know you are setting up your future self for success. That version of you who will walk across the stage and gets their doctorate, or will sit down years from now to write their personal statement for their promotion to the rude.

So, here are two of the ways that I move my projects forward even when I don’t feel like it.

  1. I decide ahead of time when I will write. This is where the weekly planning comes into play. I decide every week when and where I will write, and I follow that schedule. No matter what.

  2. I anticipate the lies. I expect that when it comes time for me to write that I won’t want to do it. That’s okay. I know that all the excuses in my head —too tired, uninspired, overwhelmed— are just my primitive brain trying to take control.

As an editor I will help you develop arguments, clean up your paragraphs, and craft your best grant proposal yet. But we can’t do any of that if we don’t first learn how to manage our minds. When you work with Forza coaching we will work to identify your individual writing obstacles and to overcome them together.

Schedule your free 15-minute call with me today and we can work together to move your writing forward. Forza!

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