In our last post, we defined why writing is the crucial skill to getting what you want. You need to put words to your work that will translate to how you speak about it, how you write your statements and project descriptions, and how you market your work. In this post, we are going to share how to incorporate new writing habits in small, effective ways into your daily practice.
We want to take a moment and recognize that writing may be very difficult for many of you. You turn to a visual, performative or sonic medium to articulate your ideas. Perhaps English isn't your primary language. Maybe you are creating a product that sells itself it's so beautiful. Or maybe you are really good at talking through issues and problems and when you sit down to write, it falls short from what is in your head. You could struggle with dyslexia. We have encountered all of these obstacles with our clients and we still hold firm: writing is essential to your practice. But we are going to find the BEST way to fit it into your practice.
What kind of writing exercises can work for you?
- Dictate and transcribe later. For those of you who struggle to sit down and actually write, try recording your voice and transcribing your thoughts later. This has worked really well for dyslexic artists and those who simply struggle with writing. It's a very freeing exercise.
Journal on paper or online, and always have it with you. Keep a sacred place where you can jot down thoughts as they arise and always have it with you. If not handwritten, then on your phone. Keep lists, dream up titles, write down goals, questions you have about your work, etc.
Read and take notes. Sometimes we can feel tongue-tied and stuck when trying to conjure words that support our work. Try reading anything – fiction, non-fiction, essays about people you admire – that can inspire you and find language there that speaks to you that you can translate into your own thoughts.
Write upon waking. Can you spare ten minutes in the morning to clear your head for the day and write your goals? Is this a time where you feel content and inspired? Use it to your advantage and write upon waking.
30-second habit. As soon as you finish a conversation, stop listening to music, podcast, or lecture, write down your thoughts and reaction within the first thirty seconds before distraction sets in.
Daily habits and a recap. Setting aside time to write can be tedious, but we suggest it happens daily, even if it’s a few notes. Writers don’t always want to write, often time they do not, but it’s about getting into a habit, even if it’s painful at first. Maybe you are spending five minutes at the end of each day thinking and prepping for tomorrow’s goals—write them down, cross them off, repeat. It’s very satisfying.
If you've worked with us in the past or have read through our blog posts, we tend to tactfully nag all of our people a lot on this subject: writing is the most crucial start to opening up doors of opportunity. Remember, no one is reading these exercises, they are solely for you. It is a way to create an archive of words, thoughts and concepts that will not flee from your brain. Don't hold back and start in on a new habit today. One of our clients recently wrote us: " Thank you so much for the structure you have given me to gracefully work through a wonderful creative life." And a lot of this structure is based in writing. Get in touch to see if we can help!