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Mold Your Writing Future
by Gloria Griepenstroh
Whether you are waiting for that first sale, or
wanting more from your established writing career, you can reshape your writing
future with three easily implemented techniques.
Revisioning, revaluing and reculturing are the
clay with which you can mold a sculpture that is your new writing career.
Revisioning requires that you, the writer,
look at the big picture. Even if you are an established writer, trying this
technique can improve your success.
Take a moment to envision the detailed goals
you wish to achieve. Put your writing abilities to work and paint a colorful
picture in your mind outlining specific goals. Whether your end goal is
writing a best selling novel, an award-winning screenplay, or a line of
sentimental greeting cards, map out each mile of the trip.
Start with an idea seed and end with the
beautiful flower garden that is the cover jacket of your novel, the actors and
backdrop of your play, or the card display featuring your sentimental poetry.
Pretend you are the movie producer and create a Technicolor film of your goals
with all the graphics and details possible.
Write down the list so you can reflect on it.
Carry a copy with you and review it often to refresh your memory and keep on
the right track.
When you revision your writing goals, you are
more open to opportunities when they come along. Begin with the end goal in
mind and you'll be able to achieve your goal with ease.
As writers we need to value what we do and
understand how our contributions affect the world around us. We may forget
that our words have value in the greater scheme of life. All writing has value
beyond a paycheck. Think about what your work contributes to others. Focusing
on those values helps to keep passion in your writing.
Don't overlook the volunteer work you perform.
Do you write the church newsletter or use your writing skills at your child's
school? Those hours may contribute as much to society as your regular writing
job. Rethink all areas of your life and the value of what you do.
Possibly you're not suited to the laborious
task of writing a novel, but would be better suited to the quick pace of
Internet publication. Or maybe your poetry would be more suitable to a
greeting card verse than the magazines that you've been querying
Each of us has a special path to follow, if we
can only find it. If you're not happy with your writing success, then maybe
you haven't found your true path.
Reculturing is the action step of this
three-part process and takes courage to implement. Revisioning and revaluing
your work without taking action will result in little change. You must enact
Taking a risk is the necessary part of
reculturing. While the thought of this process can be scary, taking action is
the secret to implementing the new vision you have outlined. Weigh the risks
and imagine what would happen if you took the leap. Often these possibilities
can be as exciting as they are scary.
Over and over again successful writers steer
their careers in the new directions that their lives lead them. Listen to your
inner self and have faith in your goals.
Be forewarned though, your journey may not be
totally smooth. Obstacles can lurk in your path. These obstacles, more
commonly known as baggage, weigh us down and keep us from being our best. Some
of us carry small knapsacks, while others drag around huge steamer trunks.
Even though these obstacles weigh us down, it's hard to let them go. To open
the door to success, dump those knapsacks and steamer trunks
As an example this baggage can be illustrated
by the way monkeys are caught in the wild. A large container with a very small
opening is filled with bananas and placed where the monkeys roam. A monkey
sees the jar and puts its hand in and grabs a banana. Because the monkey won't
let go of the banana, he can't pull his hand out of the jar, and is easily
captured. All he would have to do to be free is to drop the banana, but the
monkey isn't focused on the bigger picture, only on that beloved banana. His
future and freedom are sacrificed.
Let go of your bananas or whatever is keeping
you from being a successful writer. You might fear failure because someone
told that you could never write, or you might fear success because of the
changes it could bring to your life.
Don't be just the writer, but also the star,
director and producer of the movie that is your writing career. Dream a picture
of success, keep the passion, and take a risk. The results may amaze you and
© Copyright 2004, Gloria Griepenstroh
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