When you already know what to write, you need a system for writing. We all have ideas which we can plan out with all the details, but the act of writing is what will move you to a product and your writing dreams.
I’m loving Nina Harrington’s MAGIC system. She used her system to write six fiction novels, five of which were new books to write. She needed to rid herself of procrastination and get her writing done to live the full-time author’s dream.
It was time to cut a clear path through the woods.Nina Harrington in Become a Fearless Writer.
I’m using her MAGIC system for writing and modifying it for my needs and situation.
M is for Motivation
You need to understand your motivation to have a successful writing career and lifestyle. Writing can be hard. A writing career will have its highs and its lows. The daily effort to complete a writing project can be complicated with life’s challenges. Understanding and remembering WHY you are writing, whether the current project or your pursuit of a writing career, will help to get started on your writing project that day.
A is for Acceptance
Before acting on great plans to get the writing done, you need to understand what is your situation, your strengths and your self-limiting beliefs.
Understanding your situation involves understanding:
- your current situation, the components of your life and the demands on your time and energy. You may have to modify your goals to align with your current situation.
- where you want to go.
- your mental chatter.
- what you can and cannot control.
- the power you have to create change.
We can be our own enemy. Our beliefs shape our thoughts and our thoughts shape our actions. When your beliefs work against you taking action, hit pause and address any self-limiting beliefs. Work on your mindset and shift your thinking to support your writing life.
G is for identifying the Gap
Now you know your current situation and where you want to go. Is that a big gap or a small one? Do you need to learn new skills to close the gap?
In this stage, you need to identify a plan for learning new skills and for moving your ideas into words and a writing product.
One key aspect of identifying the gap is to also identify the new person and habits you want to have.
You will need to make lists of skills and habits to develop, and break your writing projects into sub-projects and tasks.
I is for Implementation
Your dreams and plans to accomplish them are useless if you do not act and implement. Work smart, write fast and write consistently.
C is for Commitment
How do you demonstrate your commitment to your writing project? Are you executing daily or at least weekly? Are you making the time for your project? Do you know the next step and set the resources aside to get there?
Committing to a project is hard if you don’t have the resources to start writing and complet the writing.
Track your progress throughout the project. Every so often, assess whether you are truly showing up to write.