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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

What Grounds You As An Author?


For many writers, the act of writing grounds them. It is their zone of comfort, security, and familiarity. It is a rewarding state of mind to be in the writing flow. But for many writers, they feel they lack grounding, especially when they are confronted by so many needs and desires that conflict with each other for the writer’s time and mindshare. The writer can be a divided, conflicted soul to begin with, but when you add the layer of life’s challenges and the demands of marketing one’s writing, well, it’s no wonder many writers can’t quite get what they are trying to achieve – fame, fortune, and success – or at least make an impact on many readers and society at large.

So is there something or someone that can ground you, so that you feel happy, secure, and confident, so that you operate out of an emotionally-balanced and less divided frame of mind? Or is it just the way life is for writers, to be tormented with no real solution?

Grounding can come in many forms. It starts with you having a mission or vision statement, a business plan, support from others, and an inner drive or sense of purpose. You need to quiet your mind so you can write what you feel you are destined to create.

Writing is a fulfilling experience and hopefully a financially rewarding one. To ground yourself, you need to dismiss all distractions. It doesn’t mean writing in a quiet room. I like writing in a bookstore or a noisy Starbucks. But it means to focus and compartmentalize. Carve out time to write and dedicate yourself to this opportunity. Turn your phone off and don’t let yourself get lost in chores and distractions.

When you don’t feel grounded, it shows in your writing – the quality and the volume. Find what grounds you and you’ll find the path to writing success is closer than you think.

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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, Media Connect, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2014.

1 comment:

  1. I am the sort of writer that can only write when the mood takes me or my work will not be up to scratch. I get a buzz in my stomach, the same sensation you get when you meet someone you are attracted to, that tickle of adrenalin, that feeling of excitement. Without that, I can't do my characters justice. If I had set hours and forced myself to write, it would feel like a job and not as a vocation. That is not my style.

    When the words and ideas flow, there is a sense of utter freedom and all other troubles that plague my life disappear. It is a joy. But when the words dry, and the world intrudes, I feel as if a relationship has died, and I am almost in mourning for the world I have created.

    This all sounds rather trite, like a Patience Strong poem, but that's how it works for me.

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