by- Tom Kubrak
“The Mindset” is a taboo thing to talk about for some creatives. Some claim it comes from a sudden gust of wind blowing your “sails” in the right direction or I write when I feel good.
In my opinion you can’t wait for that wind to come. You have to create the wind that pushes you. You can phrase it as momentum too. And like Newton’s second law- an object in motion tends to stay in motion. That still means you have to have patience and take breaks but it doesn’t mean you sit there and do nothing while you wait for that “wind” because… you may be waiting the rest of your life for that.
As writers, if we rely on the wind to push us then… well… we won’t be writing; and a writer not writing consistently, is simply… not a writer.
How to Get Into The Mindset
#1- decide what you want to write about
#2- read something related or in the same genre you’re trying to write
Example: Fantasy; pick up a great fantasy book. If you’re writing a crime thriller, then pick up a thriller book. It doesn’t have to be a crime thriller, just something in the genre. If it’s a screenplay, then read an old screenplay.
You’re doing this to get in the ‘right writing mindset’ as there are so many different things you could be writing about whether it’s a book, play, screenplay, newsletter/magazine article.
Why Should I Do this?
Because if you’re a freelance writer, like myself, you are juggling a lot of different projects at once. It can be easy to get overwhelmed and mix how you should be writing one project compared to another.
For example, one day I may be working on a play and a screenplay. Another day I may be working on a book and an article. And later in that same week, I may be doing some copy writing for someone and transcribing an interview for a story I’m writing.
I could go on, but the point is, if one day you’re working on your book and you decide to jump to a screenplay within a few hours, you may start using wording and phrases and structure that belong in a book rather than a screenplay. That’s bad news. No producer wants to hand a book to a director when it’s supposed to be a script for a play they need their actors to understand.
Reason Number 2…
…is more simple. You’re simply respecting and learning from the greats. The writers who did it before you.
Doesn’t it feel good to have someone read your work? It’s the best feeling for me when someone told me they read my work.
So try it out and avoid a potentially devastating ‘procrastination loop’ that can have you stuck on a project for a long time.
Create and write is the name of the game. Try this strategy out to consistently stay in the right mindset and stay in your own personal ‘flow’ with your many writing projects.
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” Edward de Bono
By- Tom Kubrak
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