Fierceness of Intent: The Writer’s Oath #4

I’ve decided to syndicate my ebook Overcome Writer’s Block: 10 Writing Sparks to Jumpstart Your Creativity on my blog, Writer’s Fun Zone, over the next 10 weeks. You can read the whole book here over the next 10 weeks, or buy the entire ebook at KindleSmashwords, and other ebook vendors.

** Enjoy Spark Four! And Happy Writing!**

Spark Four: Fierceness of Intent: The Writer’s Oath

“The sky is filled by stars, invisible by day.”
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Original cover of Overcome Writer's Block: 10 Writing Sparks to Ignite Your Creativity by Beth Barany

How Fierce is Your Intent?

When you want something badly enough, you can have it, provided you are willing to do what it takes.

What does it take? It takes time and focus, desire and a dream. Specifically for writing and all art, it takes a sacrifice, specifically sacrificing inaction and excuses. This is the reality. To live your dream, liberate yourself from the burden of excuses.

How?

How do you bring something into being if you don’t know how? This is the all-important question, though often we start with, “I don’t know how to do X,” and leave it at that.

At that point, learn to shift your thinking and ask, “Well, then, how do I do X?”

This does apply to writing, so bear with me. And yes, of course, this does apply to life, too. Because we write within the context of our lives, of living, not outside it. Art and life are intertwined.

The how I’m talking about is the inner steps you can take to make space in your mind and in your life for writing. I can talk your ear off about the how and why of plot, characterization, structure, voice, etc., but in the end what really matters is the inner you, not all that technique.

Don’t get me wrong. All that technique is what shapes good writing, good storytelling. What I’m trying to get at here is that to become a good writer — because if you’re writing even a few lines a day, you are a writer — we need to cultivate our intent.

How? By showing up for your writing daily.

Here’s a Writer Oath to help you do that. I wrote this one for myself and carry it around with me in my journal.

The Writer’s Oath
By Beth Barany, c. 2007-2015

I will show up.
I will write.
I will let myself shine.
I will honor the story and allow the words to serve the story.
I write in the present because writing happens now. 

We reinforce our intent by our actions. Showing up for ourselves reinforces our commitment. By our very actions, we are stronger. It is not for us to critique our art at this point. That time will come later. We nurture our creative inner life by doing our art. And we affirm our creative soul. We are artists.

Congratulations for showing up for yourself today.

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Bestselling Author’s CoachBeth Barany is dedicated to the notion that all is better with play.

An author too, she’s the author of the 2011 award-winning young adult fantasy novel Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, as well as of the best selling nonfiction books for authors and aspiring authors.

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4 Responses

  1. Aneesa Price says:

    Thanks for this post. I’m a writer (I nearly wrote aspiring then thought better of it – I have to believe that I can make a success of writing and selling novels). I came across your blog at the right time in my life… I believe that I can write – I may not be the greatest but my books are good. As you state in your blog – you have to believe and just sit down and get cracking! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Beth Barany says:

    You’re welcome, Aneesa, for the inspiration. It is about just sitting down and getting cracking! And you’re right not to use ‘aspiring.’ If you’re writing, you’re a writer! Good luck and keep me posted of your success!

  3. Aneesa Price says:

    Hi Beth, Thanks for the response. Well, I got into action and publish the first novel on smashwords last night. I’m now trying to figure out how to promote it without devoting 24 /7 to it (unfortunately have a day job *grin*, kids, hubby, etc.). All the social networking and so forth is insane! But I’ll do it if I have to. Do you have any other ideas (other than social networking) or guidance to give to get people to read my book, given that I’m a first time, self-published writer (see I didn’t use ‘aspiring’ lol).
    I’ve thought of gifting the ebook to a couple of reviewers / writers and I’ve just asked for feedback – 4 have replied positively and others can only read it in a few month’s time. Any thoughts on this?
    Then, as the book I published is a paranormal / fantasy / romance, I thought that I need to get more books out there and get started on the second book of the series. I also wrote a contemporary, ‘Brothers and Sisters’ style novel which I want to publish next week at the latest. I’ve heard that the more authors have written, the more ‘read’ individual books become. Once again, your thoughts?

    Thanks again. I really appreciate the offer of help.

    Chat soon,
    Aneesa

  4. Beth Barany says:

    Hi Aneesa, You’re on the right track. Yes, write more books! Regarding social media, it can be confusing and overwhelming. I suggest setting up some clear goals, given your limited schedule for marketing, and chipping away at them in 15-30 minute chunks. (Sounds familiar? A lot like writing a book!) 🙂

    One of the most effective ways to help get your book in the hands of readers is to do a blog tour. I did one for my novel last year and it worked well! Here’s the link to that: http://www.writersfunzone.com/blog/beth-barany-novelist/blog-tour/. Just so you know, I set these up for my authors, and I’d be happy to chat with you about that at great length. You can schedule a complimentary 30-minute session here: http://my.timedriver.com/67RH1

    Hope that helps! Good luck!

    Chat soon, Best,
    Beth

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