|The following is a excerpt from the exclusive AudioMotivation interview with Dr. Joe Vitale - He is the author of a number of books, including the #1 best-selling
book "Spiritual Marketing," the best-selling e-book "Hypnotic Writing," and the best-selling Nightingale-Conant audioprogram, "The Power of Outrageous Marketing."
Now, so many of us kind of go through life with the dream of writing that novel or just getting started on any kind of writing. If you had to sum up a few quick tips for somebody like that who wants to write a book or start their writing career whether itís syndicated or whatever, what are some ideas to put those dreams into play for them?
Yeah, thatís a great question. Iíll tell you the easiest thing to do and it might seem so simplistic, but itís so powerful, is to just get started. I have found that the big stumbling block with people in any walk of life thatís trying to do anything is theyíre listening to their voice of doubt. Theyíre listening to their inner critic.
When it comes to writing, when people tell me theyíre in a writerís block or theyíre having difficulty writing, when I explore it a little bit, I find out that theyíre listening to the editorial voice within themselves.
Theyíre listening to that voice that says, "Who are you to do this or you donít have the time to do this or this probably wonít pay off or what if you do it and it fails or
what if you do it and it works and it succeeds?"
All of those questions, all of those doubts, all of that criticism stops people from doing the fundamental thing that needs to be done and that is take action.
So I would say thereís at least two tips here for this short question and answer. Be aware of that voice inside of you thatís talking you out of doing what you want to do and treat this like a meditation.
Youíll listen to the voice, but you donít necessarily pay attention to it. You just kind of say oh, okay, youíre there again. Thanks and weíll talk to you later and basically let it go its way. And it loses that power over you in time as you practice that.
And the second is, just start doing it. For example, if you want to write a book, the easiest thing to do is to sit down and start typing. You have to keep in mind that all you have to do is write your first draft. You donít have to write the book flawlessly.
You donít have to write the book perfectly to anybodyís expectations. All you have to do is get the words on the paper or on the keyboard. Then, when youíre done with your
first draft, you can go back and edit it, refine it, retune it, delete things, add new pieces.
Then you can have select people review it or an editor review it, but you can take it one step at a time and it doesnít have to be done perfectly. It doesnít have to ever be done perfectly. I think thatís another thing that stumps people is the idea that it has to be perfect and perfect is a relative term. There is no such thing as perfection. None of us agree on that.
Well, I'm sorry, I read something where during that first draft process, you shouldnít edit at all, like you shouldnít
stop yourself to edit and people I think are tempted to do that quite a bit. Is that what you have found?
Yeah, thatís a great secret to flawless, easy writing. The great secret is, do not edit when you are writing your first draft. I've written about this in Hypnotic Writing. In fact, I've created a whole software helping people to write books and articles. Itís called Hypnotic Writing Wizard and the
Hypnotic Writing Wizard, you can have this cool little device on it where you can, it will shut down your monitor for a scheduled period of time.
While you write, it will retain everything that youíre writing and the whole purpose for this is if you canít see what youíre writing, it disconnects that editorial part of you. You canít edit it because you canít see it. So this is just one of the tools in Hypnotic Writing Wizard to help you do what you just explained that if youíre editing, youíre not going to write or youíre not going to enjoy your writing. Youíre not going to be very creative at it. Turn off the editorial voice.
* Excerpted from the AudioMotivation Interview with Joe Vitale
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