What's Your Payoff for Not Writing? (Part 3)

Yesterday I published part two in my series on payoffs for not writing. (You can read part one here.) Today I conclude the series with part three, which discusses how to create new payoffs for actually writing.

What I called “positive” and “negative” payoffs in my previous posts all constituted ways to avoid something that might be achieved by writing. In your mind the “something” you avoided seemed positive or negative. For example, you avoided failure and your fear of failure. Or you avoided success and your fear of success.

Both of these types of payoffs effectively create the same result: You don’t write.

To use payoffs to get yourself to write you must figure out what writing will get you that you want badly. So, ask yourself, “If I write and publish my work, what will I gain? What will I get in return? What will my payoff be for actually sitting down and writing and then going the extra step and getting that writing published?

Fame? Fortune? Fulfillment? Peace of mind? Sense of achievement? Credibility? Clients? A chance to be heard?

When you can identify those writing-related payoffs you strongly desire and around which you have deep-seated emotions, then you will find yourself writing as often as possible. You’ll want to achieve those payoffs no matter what.

Therein lies the key. If writing earns you something you truly desire on an emotional level, you will write. In fact, you’ll write as if your life depended upon it.

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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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