Last week, I was reading Trust Agents by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith (it’s a book on business and social media). There’s a section that talks about coming up with a list of things you need to do and things you need to stop doing. I’m a list maker so this resonated with me.
I also realized this is something I need to apply to my writing life. I know the things I need to do for my writing, but I’ve been slow to put them in action.
Part of the reason is that my Writing Do To list is in my head. Aside from my sometimes faulty memory, I can usually find a reason to not do something on the list. It’s the same with the Writing Stop Doing list. I’m aware of the things I need to stop doing, but I choose to ignore them or do something else.
Here some things on my Writing To Do and Stop Doing lists:
- get a website up
- participate in conversations instead of observing them
- read more fiction
- hold myself accountable to the goals I set
- downplaying that I’m a writer
- waiting until the last minute to write my blog posts
- writing story notes/ideas on the nearest writable surface
- being on the internet without a purpose
I know there are more things to add, but my faulty memory is failing me at the moment. Later today, I’m going write the lists in a notebook and then figure out what actions I need to take to make each item on the lists a reality.
So what’s on your Writing To Do and Stop Doing lists?