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I’m On A Mission

Oy, it’s happening again.

Every Sunday afternoon, just as I’m sitting down to work on my book, I feel Resistance bubbling up.

Ugh, I don’t feel like working on this. 

Ugh, I don’t remember where I left off last week.

Ugh. I’d rather be checking Facebook than working on this manuscript.

I love Steven Pressfield’s book, The War of Art, because it explains so clearly that this Resistance bubbles up for everyone.

In the book, Pressfield argues that the more important the project to your personal growth, the more likely you will be to resist it.

So, when I start to feel crummy and like I’d rather not be writing, I take comfort in his words.

And, after having a great conversation with one of my clients this week, I realized that I could even take this a step further.

What if I not only recognized Resistance, but also shattered it?

What if I could make writing fun again?

The kind of fun I felt when I wrote as a kid?

When I was a kid, I LOVED writing books and stories and sharing them with the world.

So, what happened between then and now, and how can I get that childlike feeling back?

That’s my mission, folks.

I’m on a mission to make writing fun again.

So fun that I choose writing over a Netflix binge every time. That kind of fun.

How do we do that?

I think it begins with releasing those blocks that got piled on over time.

Some people were affected by the hurtful words of a misguided English teacher, who told them they just weren’t good at writing. (CRINGE)

For others, it was perhaps the words of a friend, family member, or peer, who wasn’t coming from a supportive place.

That all feeds into a loop of self-criticism, and presto, writing slowly becomes painful and not fun at all.

Let’s begin forgiving and clearing away those blocks.

We know from being kids that feeling free and open through creative expression is possible.

Let’s channel that energy and put that self-love and freedom into our writing.

Who’s with me?

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