I had the good fortune of interviewing my friend Dan Murphy, who runs “The No BS Writers Club.” He helps writers improve and get over the mental barriers that stop them from writing their greatest work.
The thing about learning a new skill like writing, playing an instrument or a sport is anyone can do it, but not everyone is going to get good at it. We know that it takes thousands of hours of immersion to develop the skill that we call “talent.”
Often times, though, we want something but don’t always feel like going after it. You cannot wait for inspiration or motivation, it’s more important to think in terms of productivity and how you are spending your time. Odds are you will not feel like it, and if you do it’s at the most inopportune time like when you’re in the shower. So force yourself to commit to a schedule and follow through, it’s the only way to guarantee the work gets done.
It won’t always be how we thought it would be. We all want it to be fun, but it’s not always going to be fun. You need to realize that anything worth having will take hard work.
Set your ego aside and accept constructive criticism. There are some things that you cannot possibly see and that’s why it’s so important to find a role model or a mentor to show you the outside point of view. Be open to the information, as you are going to need support along your journey.
The biggest thing that holds us back is fear. Fear of rejection, embarrassment or failure is all too common among people trying to start something new. A great practice to get over the fear would be to journal about your fears; when you put pen to page, you may just realize that the fear you have is rather irrational.
Utilize these tips to improve on any skill and enjoy the process!
By: Bren Dubé @brendube
Based on Episode 24 of The Implicit Show