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Permission to Create Junk

An article by James Clear arrived in my email yesterday titled “How to Find Your Hidden Creative Genius”. Perfect timing when I haven’t wrote anything in my opinion worth reading since finishing my book and sending it to the editor nearly 10 days ago.

While reading I realised why I was having such a problem at the moment, I have been focusing so much of my thoughts on whether my book was any good rather than just moving on writing more. I am not the most creative I don’t write fiction and everything I write about is to do with improving some aspect of human life. I am a self-help Guru that absolutely loves to help others achieve anything they want from life.

I am more motivated and get more done nowadays than ever, I won’t bore anyone with a list of what I’ve achieved in the past four months but it is more than I’ve done in the past 10 years. But suddenly I wasn’t doing much, getting distracted. This is the part that hit me and gave me the kick I badly needed.

Permission to Create Junk

People tend to look at successful writers, writers who are getting books published and maybe even doing well financially, and think that they sit down at their desks every morning feeling like a million dollars, feeling great about who they are and how much talent they have and what a great story they have to tell; that they take a few deep breaths, push back their sleeves, roll their necks a few times to get all the cricks out, and dive in, typing fully formed passages as fast as a court reporter. But this is just fantasy of the uninitiated. I know some very great writers, writers you love who write beautifully and have made a great deal of money, and not one of them sits down routinely feeling wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes elegant first drafts… For me and most other writers I know, writing is not rapturous. If fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts.

In any creative endeavor you have to give yourself permission to create junk. There is no way around it. Sometimes you have to write 4 terrible pages just to discover that you wrote one good sentence in the second paragraph of the third page.

Creating something useful and compelling is like being a gold miner. You have to sift through pounds of dirt and rock and silt just to find a speck of gold in the middle of it all. Bits and pieces of genius will find their way to you, if you give yourself permission to let the muse flow.

This has been taken from an article on JamesClear.com

So there was my problem in a nutshell, I wasn’t giving myself permission to write junk. I started spending so much time rewriting, formatting and analysing virtually every sentence I wrote that I was getting very little done apart from a few articles that haven’t seen the light of day since I’ve saved them. I have since opened a few and they are not that bad. You might even get to read them over the next few weeks.

I created a book about how I turned my life around and included a second part with instructions on how to achieve your own goals, several times I point out the importance of actions and getting over your fear of making mistakes and I wasn’t putting my own advice into practice.

Nobody is perfect, we all need that kick every now and again.

I highly recommend James Clears blog, and I’ve got to say thank you for giving me the permission to create junk!

James Clear writes at JamesClear.com, where he uses behavior science to share ideas for mastering your habits, improving your health, and increasing your creativity. To get useful ideas on improving your mental and physical performance, join his free newsletter.

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