Your Write Path: How do you define success? Ep3.1

Your Write Path: Episode 3, Part 1


Success means different things to different people—and this is true in the writing world. For a moment, close your eyes and try to grasp a mental image of what success means to you as it relates to your writing. Let your mind wander over that thought for a moment. No need to rush—you have plenty of time.

Picture what you would do if you achieved the success you want with your writing. Remember those goals you wrote earlier? How would you feel if you achieved them? How would your life change? Would it?

What image in your mind would represent that success?

After a moment, jot down your thoughts in your journal.

Q1. What does writing success mean to you?

Q2. Think about the goals you wrote in an earlier session—are they related to your representation of success? Should they be? Do you want to revise?

Up to you.

If you would like to revise or rethink your goals, do that now. Write your goal revisions in your journal, or just acknowledge that you are good to go!

[Take this moment to reflect on your goals, and rewrite if necessary.]

If you feel up to it, share your writing goals and/or potential successes with someone—or post in the comments if you feel comfortable. Really. Let’s make this a reality. Voice it!


But wait. It’s just not that easy, is it? Set some goals. Voice them.

Build it and they will come?

You think about writing. You talk about it. You know you want to do it. Still, you are not writing—or you’re not convinced enough that you should be writing. Or, you’re afraid you can’t deliver….

Or worse yet, you feel like an imposter. Me? A writer? Other people are writers. Not me. Right? Or am I?

If you voice it, it becomes real. But what if you fail? Can’t follow through? Are these the kinds of thoughts running through your head right now?

What is holding you back from jumping on Your Write Path? Is there anything? Think about that for a few minutes and then jot down your reasons in your journal.

Write as little or as much as you like. You have a whole journal to fill up with your words.

Q3. What is holding you back?

[Write your thoughts, Write Now! Make a list of everything that is holding you back.]

All right. That’s done.


Use the guidance below to dig deeper into your list. Or, access this worksheet and download to your Google Drive. Get the worksheet at this link:

Have you made your list of things holding you back with your writing? Great!

Now, take a good look at your list and make some decisions. What things on that list can you control, and what can’t you control? Separate them into the categories below in your journal:

Things I can control.

Things I cannot control.

For those you can control, how will you address or change?

For those you cannot control, how will you work around or create some sort of compromise?

[Take the time to do this exercise, either in your journal or on the worksheet. It’s important to recognize what’s holding you back, so you can move forward.]

Finished? Great! Good work.

Now, here’s the deal.

For those things you can control—assume those reasons don’t exist anymore. Got it? You’ve addressed them. You’ve written them down on paper. You’ve put them out into the Universe. You have a plan.


You control them now. They do not control you.

For those you need to create some compromise or work arounds, do it. Don’t procrastinate or say you can’t. You can. Stick to your plan.

For example, is the day job eating up your time, but you can’t quit the job? (Not many of us can.) How can you fit writing into the other 16 hours of your day. What else can you give up? Can you get up an hour earlier? Can you close your office door for 30 minutes at lunch and jot down plot ideas?

What can you do? And when?

You get the picture.

If you haven’t explored these “hold-backs” enough though, if they are still niggling and nagging at you, then do so now. Explore them and figure out the work arounds, whether they be in your head, or elsewhere. The reasons you are holding back need to be explored and dealt with. Writing is a personal experience and there should be no holding back.

Writing should be free flowing, not censored. The best writing is often raw and gritty, just out of your brain or your fingertips.

Don’t hold back in any sense of the terminology.

It’s just you and the pen. Or keyboard. Whatever. It’s just you and the words.

Now, let the rest go. Seriously.

Get to a place where those reasons don’t exist any longer. In fact, if it helps, rip these pages out of your journal, crumble them up, and throw them away. Burn those words in the fireplace if you must. The important thing is that those doubts, those reasons, those excuses for not moving your writing forward are gone now.

No more negative tapes playing in your head that say you can’t do it.

No more voices from the past chiming, “What? You think you’re a writer?”

No. No more.

Gone. Gone I tell you. Get those speeches out of your head and move forward. Own Your Write Path. It’s waiting for you to step on it.

Take that first step.

Move forward.

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