It gets crazy with all the events, work, social media, family commitments, and pure clutter that crop up every day. Not that some of these things aren’t important; they are. However, to be successful in writing, you need focus.
With focus, you become more efficient and the process becomes
repeatable. Focus allows you to concentrate on what your abilities can
do, and where they can take you. We have many excuses—time, money,
insecurity—the list goes on.
The most important thing is to remove as much clutter as you can from
your mind. Once you do that, you can do your best—without hesitation.
Once you develop a habit of removing clutter and focusing, you can
expect to be successful AND do it again and again.
Writing is the same as any other skill or talent. The more you do it,
the better you get. The more you expect to be successful, the more you
focus, the more repeatable that process is.
Some people approach writing success as the finished product.
Instead, it needs to be every small battle that you encounter, chapter
by chapter. Some days that might equal 500 words and others it might be
4,000. Or, it could be how your character gets from point A to point B,
how your mystery will evolve or developing the traits and look of your
character. Each one of these things puts you closer to the ultimate
goal. Each step is a battle to win.
Engage in each part as if it were a battle and then build on each
success along the way, trying to win the next battle. Looking forward to
the enjoyment of the battle, focusing on the goal for the day, will
help you develop a repeatable process that becomes familiar to yourself.
In our lonely world of writing, it’s important to remember where the
successes came from. It came from a lot of hard work and focus. Think of
the writing process in segments. Break it down into weeks. Strive to be
better each week. Ask yourself, at the end your sixth week, “Am I further along and one week better than when I was at week five?” Focus on looking forward to the upcoming week and become one week better.
If you concentrate on one week at a time without losing sight of the
battles, you will get better at focus. With focus comes success. Combine
those things and you’ll be publishing books more efficiently, with
better quality, than ever before.
Jim Devitt is the author of the #1 Kindle Bestselling
Young Adult novel, The Card.
He's also a healthcare consultant specializing in helping healthcare companies
and practices develop a social media marketing platform, and maximize cash
flow. You can find him posting weekly to Indies Unlimited
and occasionally as a contributor on Yahoo!