How does your writing feel to you? Does it feel like a game? Most writers miss the game. It’s important to know that the game exists, and like it or not, you’re playing it against yourself. And you can win it.
You MUST win the inner game
What’s the “inner game”? Timothy Gallwey wrote “The Inner Game of Tennis” 30 years ago. From his website:
“There is always an inner game being played in your mind no matter what outer game you are playing. How you play this game usually makes the difference between success and failure.”
That’s so true about writing. My writing students come to me because they’re losing the inner game. They don’t even know that there is a game, and it’s a game they can easily WIN. When they know how.
In his initial book, Timothy Gallwey talks about Self 1 and Self 2. He says that:
“… we are composed of two selves: Self 1 (the teller) and Self 2 (the doer). Our difficulties, he claims, often stem from Self 1 distrusting, and consequently insulting and controlling, Self 2. We function most effectively when Self 1 sets the goal and then allows Self 2 to accomplish the task.”
Over the past 40 years, individuals ranging from sports people to actors and politicians have found Gallwey’s “Inner Game” books useful. Everyone’s playing the inner game.
How to win: know there’s a game, and know your competitor
Writers know about Self 1.
Self 1 goes under various names like the inner censor, and the critic. Over the past weeks, I’ve been revamping Authentic Writing into the 2015 version, so you can win that inner game.
It now includes “My Top 70 Writing Tips 2015: Your Ultimate Guide To Better Writing By Writing More — Make More Money”, which is hands down the most important program we’ve ever created.
I’ve also included, free, an entree to our upcoming “Journal Dynamite: How To Use Your Journal For Peace Of Mind, Creativity, And A Six-Figure Income”. It’s a 4-week journaling workshop.
Initially I was hesitant to create a journaling workshop, but over the years, it’s become obvious that most writers put far too little value on journaling. That’s sad, because journalling can help you to win the inner game.
When you discover the inner game, you’ll be amazed at how often Self 1 gets in the way. Once you see that, you’ll focus on Self 2, and over time, you’ll win the game, because Self 1 and Self 2 work together.
Win your writing game: make winning automatic
Everything you need to win the inner game is packed into Authentic Writing 2015. It includes two programs you’ll love, my Top 70 Writing Tips — essential to making winning automatic, and our upcoming Journal Dynamite workshop. (Your entree to the workshop is included free.)
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