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Making changes in your writing stick
Written by
Alissa Johnson
August 2017
Written by
Alissa Johnson
August 2017

It's possible to make changes that transform your writing life. I just led an 8 part series - 8 Simple Shifts to Transform Your Writing - to help you do just that. If you weren't following along, you can start at the beginning HERE. As a result, writers are finding a way forward with less pressure to meet unattainable goals, and giving themselves permission to focus on the story that most excites them.

The sense of relief can't be understated. But how do you keep going with your newfound approach to writing?

SHIFT #9 (A BONUS): Remember that writing, just like your life, is an ongoing process and ever-changing.

My writing changes all the time. In fact, over just the last week, I've come to some new realizations.

I used to be content with the time I had for writing. While I'm still more than a writer and aim to keep it that way, I'm ready to make changes so that I can write more. Writing is moving up in my priorities, and I'm surprised to realize that other things (like that new mountain bike I've been coveting) feel less urgent. They can wait. 

What's so interesting about this is that six months ago, last month, or even when I started the 8 Simple Shifts series, I wasn't ready for this. The timing had to be right. 

I've also learned that, for the time being, writing out of order and working on more than one section of a story at a time are the only ways I can make progress. So I've given myself the freedom to do that.

Yet I'm aware that these approaches will also shift. At some point I'll return to writing in a linear fashion. I'll take the plunge on that new mountain bike, and spend more time on it than I do at the page.

Making transformation stick isn't about making changes and doing those things forever. It's about paying attention to what works and noticing when it's time to make adjustments.

Through this series you can uncover what works for you at this moment in time. It might change, however, as you change or your life changes.

I find that to be a relief. When things get tricky, I know I'm not stuck. I can go through a process like the 8 Simple Shifts to Transform Your Writing as many times as I need to, uncovering my best ways of working. 

So my main message? Don't panic about making newfound insights stick. Do what works for you now, and trust that you have the ability to reassess in a month or three months or six.

Plus, you can trust that I'm always looking for new ways to help you feel good about your writing. Like these:

If you haven't already, head over to the Facebook page or the blog and let me know what's been most impactful during this series. As a thank you, I'll send you the workbook from the 8 Simple Shifts to Transform Your Writing. It compiles all the prompts so you can come back to them at any time.

I've just opened registration to the Inspired Writers Studio, an online space for you to gather with other writers, have support as you figure out what works for your writing (and what doesn't), and make it easier for you to get to the page. It's like a shared working space in the virtual world. The doors open September 5th and I cannot wait!

If you love having a writing community—and if you enjoyed the process of self-inquiry and reflecting on your writing over the last few weeks—then you're going to want to make sure you're signed up for the newsletter.

In the meantime, however, take a moment to acknowledge any shifts you've made in your writing. What are you going to do differently? Let me know on the Facebook page! Sharing is the first step to keeping this process going.

P.S. Ready for a writing breakthrough? Break free from writing rules that don't work and find your way with my FREE three-part series: Inside the Writers Mind. The first insight (and writing prompt) could be yours today.

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