3 STEPS TO AC­TU­ALLY WRIT­ING THAT BOOK/BLOG/WHAT­EVER...

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STEP 1 FIND YOUR CUE

Train your mind by find­ing cues that set your brain into ac­tion mode. First, cre­ate var­i­ous cues for your brain, such as a place, time, song or per­son. To start your project, set up a spe­cial writ­ing spot free of dis­trac­tions, writ­ing at the same time ev­ery day for 15 min­utes, or pick­ing some­one to brain­storm ideas on each chap­ter. Af­ter try­ing out each cue, you’ll no­tice which one makes writ­ing feel eas­i­est. Once you iden­tify that...

STEP 2 SET A RE­WARD

Give your­self a pay­off to mo­ti­vate you to stick to your rou­tine, like an episode of Mod­ern Fam­ily, af­ter you’ve com­pleted each writ­ing ses­sion. The key is to re­ward your­self no more than 15 min­utes af­ter the ac­tiv­ity—so your mind makes the as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween the habit and the pay­off. Over time, the new rou­tine will be­come al­most in­tu­itive, where the ac­tiv­ity it­self is en­joy­able enough that you may not even re­quire the re­ward—at least, not ev­ery time.

STEP 3 GO PUB­LIC

But know this: there will be times when you have a bad day and you feel like you want to quit. That’s why it’s im­por­tant for you to crowd-source some sup­port, whether it’s telling your best friend or your hun­dreds of Twit­ter fol­low­ers that you’re writ­ing your great Amer­i­can novel or fi­nally start­ing your blog. Re­search shows that the key to push­ing through those mo­ments of weak­ness is be­liev­ing it’s pos­si­ble. The best way to do that? Have other peo­ple cheer­ing you on.

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