Ever feel like something’s missing in your life, but you’re not sure what it is? Most of us have felt like this. But I have a good life, you might say, with good people in it. I’ve got a lot going for me.
So what gives?
Often, it’s not about what you have, it’s about what you aspire to. As a writer, you harbor big dreams and goals, and what’s missing is precisely that which you could have, but don’t—at least not yet.
You see, not everyone is like you. Many are perfectly content with their daily existence, never thinking much beyond what it takes to get through each day. This is not a good thing or a bad thing, by the way, it’s just that everyone wants something different out of life, and that’s okay.
But you are what I call a Seeker of Greatness, and there are many of us. Not “greatness” in the sense of arrogance or feeling superior to others, but instead a feeling of greatness in your own life. You have a strong desire to feel fulfilled by something you’ve created and given to the world.
Since writing a novel is one of the best ways to bring this about, I thought this would be a good time to talk about 3 ways writing a novel leads to personal fulfillment:
1. The little victories add up. Writing a novel is a big project, but just take it one step at a time. In fact, you have to—every novel starts as a mere idea in your head, and after that, it’s all about small wins that feel big. If you write your very first paragraph, for example, it’s a small step that is also a huge win. If you finish a chapter, that’s another. Spread out over time, these small victories keep you motivated and riding on cloud nine.
Sure, there will be days where you don’t feel inspired, but that makes the prolific days all the sweeter. What a feeling! These are the moments that could cause you to sit upright one day and realize, Aha, this is what’s been missing in my life!
2. It assures you that you’re working toward something larger than yourself. In some cases, quite literally “larger than yourself.” When Arnold Schwarzenegger was aspiring to his first “Mr. Universe” title for bodybuilding, he’d often be the one person who was actually smiling in a gym full of miserable faces. According to him, people would ask, “Why are you smiling all the time? Why are you so happy? You have to train 5 hours a day.” Schwarzenegger had a simple response. “I smile because I know exactly that every rep that I do, every set that I do, every weight that I lift, I get one step closer to turning that vision of mine into reality, of becoming Mr. Universe.”
Let’s hear that again: “I get one step closer to turning that vision of mine into reality.” Could you train yourself to think this way with every word you type, every paragraph you write, and every chapter you finish?
3. It’s a release. There’s been something nagging you for quite a while, a feeling that you have a story inside that needs to be told. So tell it! Many writers have described finishing their novels as a weight lifted off their shoulders. You may find that emotions you didn’t even know you were holding in suddenly come barging out, and you can’t help but wear a big smile around. You did it! Now that you’ve laid the foundation with your first published book, it’s time to start writing the next one. And it only gets easier from here, now that your first novel finally exists in the world.
And guess what? Your novel could exist as early as next month! Join us in the Great Big Indie Author Launchpad Challenge to blast off into the writing life you’ve always wanted. It’s more than just writing 1,000 words a day. It’s building friendships, developing habits that will serve you well, and creating a healthy relationship with writing.
As a Seeker of Greatness, you’ll never be able to stop going after it, no matter how many obstacles pop up.
Some may see this as a curse, but it’s actually a blessing of epic proportions. Remember, it is completely within your ability to produce a work of art that’s truly exceptional, and achieve the greatness you’ve been seeking all along. All you have to do is believe it’s possible.
Ready? Let’s get to it!
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