What's Your Payoff for Not Writing (part 2)

Last week I wrote about payoffs for not writing. In part 1, I covered what I call “negative payoffs.” Today, let’s look at positive payoffs—the positive outcomes you avoid when you don’t write. These, believe it or not, do constitute payoffs for not writing.

Once again answer the question, “What is my payoff for not writing? What do I ‘earn’ or ‘get’ when I don’t write?” Maybe you prevent yourself from becoming more prosperous than one of your siblings or your parents. Maybe you perpetuate your belief that you aren’t good enough or qualified enough to be an author. Maybe you don’t have to face the criticism of your friends and family, about whom you plan to write. Last week’s example of not living out your father’s dream of you becoming an author could actually be seen as a positive payoff of not writing as well.

Whether or not your payoffs are negative or positive really matters little. The main point lies in discovering your payoffs for not writing. If you believe on some level—even subconsciously—that you have something to gain by not writing, surely you will not write. That means you won’t achieve your writing goals.

Once you know what payoffs stop you from writing, it’s time to create payoffs for actually writing. That’s the subject of tomorrow’s post.

About Nina Amir

Nina Amir, the Inspiration to Creation Coach, inspires writers and bloggers to create published products and careers as authors. Additionally, she helps her clients and readers achieve their potential, fulfill their purpose and make a positive and meaningful difference with their words. She is the author of How to Blog a Book, The Author Training Manual, and Creative Visualization for Writers, all published by Writer’s Digest Books. As a hybrid author, she also has published 17 books independently. She is a nonfiction book editor and doctor, proposal consultant, and an Author Coach and Trainer as well as a Book and Blog Coach. Some of her clients have sold 320,000+ copies of their books and been published by major publishing houses. Nina also is an award winning blogger and journalist, international speaker and founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, also known as the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, and the Nonfiction Writers’ University. Also a Certified High Performance Coach, Nina strives to help creative people Achieve More Inspired Results personally and professionally.

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