Work It #1 from A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

  1. “Why do you write? Have you ever sat down and asked yourself this question?Make a free-form list—that is, don’t stop and think too much about what you’re writing—and write from the gut. No reason is better than another. Write as many reasons as you can until you feel done.”

    Helps me think.
    Keeps me sane.
    It’s calming.
    Creativity is necessary to my existence.
    I love it.
    It’s who I am.
    I don’t know how not to tell stories.
    It’s just what I do.
    I’m miserable when I don’t get time to write.
    It makes me happy.

    “Now ask yourself: What are the top 5 reasons?”
    -It makes me happy.
    -I’m miserable when I don’t get time to write.
    -It keeps me sane.
    -I love it.
    -It is necessary to my existence.

  2. “Compose a second ‘negative’ list. What stands in the way of your writing? What fears, habits, beliefs, or critical voices are trying to drown your desire to write?”I’m afraid I’m not good enough.
    My brain gets exhausted and I get writer’s block.
    I suck at time management.
    My writing inconveniences the people around me.
    I have issues focusing on one project at a time.
    I’m hellishly disorganized.
    I’m not good at standing up for myself and my writing time.
    If somebody asks me to do something else, I set aside my writing to make others happy because I don’t want to be rude.
    I don’t know how to balance my social/personal life with my writing life. So, my writing falls by the wayside because making others happy is deeply important to me. My writing is always the first thing that gets sacrificed.

    “For each item on the negative list, use your top 5 reasons for writing to “cancel out” the negative.”

    I’m afraid I’m not good enough. –> I love it.
    My brain gets exhausted and I get writer’s block. –> It keeps me sane.
    I suck at time management. –> I’m miserable when I don’t get time to write.
    My writing inconveniences the people around me. –> It is necessary to my existence.
    I have issues focusing on one project at a time. –> It makes me happy.
    I’m hellishly disorganized. –> I love it.
    I’m not good at standing up for myself and my writing time. –> It keeps me sane.
    If somebody asks me to do something else, I set aside my writing to make others happy because I don’t want to be rude. –> I’m miserable when I don’t get time to write.
    I don’t know how to balance my social/personal life with my writing life. So, my writing falls by the wayside because making others happy is deeply important to me. My writing is always the first thing that gets sacrificed. –> It is necessary to my existence.

  3. “If you don’t feel like writing at this moment, meditate. Sit quietly with your eyes closed, focus on your breathing, and let the words in this chapter enter you. The goal of this meditation is to make you feel centered, inspired, and ready to write.”

This exercise is excerpted from A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld. The answers are my own. I hope you find my answers helpful and inspiring in some way. Once again, I cannot recommend this book enough! I’ll be sharing the second exercise next week, guys!

About chelseacmoye

Wife. Mom. Pet Parent. Independent Author. AS in General Studies from Faulkner State Community College. BS in English from Troy University. Minored in creative writing. View all posts by chelseacmoye

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