Why your mind is your greatest writing asset

Do you want to stand out from other writers?  Do you want to write original stories or scripts? Do you want to engage your audience? To entertain them? To have fans?

Well, you can achieve all of this, if you appreciate and develop your greatest asset as a writer – that of your mind.

It’s easy to find information on how to structure a story, on how to develop characters, on how to apply different genres and story angles, on how to use the right words.  In fact, almost everything related tho the technical side of a writer’s craft can be found quite readily these days.

However, the quality that makes all successful writers stand out, is something that you can’t buy or be taught by anyone else.  It’s your internal state – your state of mind. Some call it your mindset.  And closely linked to your mindset, is your creativity and imagination. Your mindset sets the groundwork for the latter.

Your mindset also refers to your attitude. This includes your attitude towards yourself and your attitude towards your writing.  Attitude can as be as simple as whether you are basically optimistic or whether you tend to be more pessimistic (“realistic” as a pessimist might say).

As a writer your most valuable tool is your mind. And you have complete control over your own mind.  You have complete control over what you choose to think, believe and imagine. You can think in possibilities or you can limit yourself to what others tell you is possible either for yourself or what will work within the realms of story-telling or for your audience.  You can be true to yourself or you can listen to external voices and influencers of opinion.

In the environment of an optimistic mind the imagination is free to roam and explore possibilities. It grows quickly – nurtured by wonder, awe and delight.

In contrast, in the environment of a pessimistic mind the imagination soon shrivels and withdraws – unable to get a firm footing in any fertile soil. Strangled at its first appearance – if it does not adhere to some arbitrary criteria of excellence or productivity (output).

To develop your imagination you must playfully engage it on a regular basis – just as children readily do in their early years. As you befriend your mind and your imagination you will find yourself embarking on some amazing journeys into new lands and worlds. You then can bring back some of these tales and watch – as they engage, entertain and delight your readers and fans.

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