Commit to Be in the Moment
Hi, Loralei Matisse here.
This week, I’m going to give you some fun tips and motivation to get you writing by using lessons I learned from the world of improv.
Improv is a theater performance without rehearsal or script. Everything from characters and story to dialogue is a creative collaboration of the actors.
There are so many things I love about improv. It’s creative, spontaneous, and adaptable. Improv makes me think on my feet. It also makes me commit.
Most of all, it keeps me in the moment.
Now, in the moment may sound new-agey, even a bit woo-woo. But stay with me.
Commitment and staying present are two principles I’ve applied to my writing business.
But how do you, someone who dreams of the writer’s life, commit to your writing? How do you stay present when life pulls you in many directions?
Let’s do a quick three-step exercise on committing and staying present.
First, take a moment and write down what the writer’s life means to you.
Focus here on what it looks like to you … what it feels like. Is it having the freedom to work from anywhere in the world? Or, is it making six figures to provide you and your family with financial security? Write down as many details as possible.
For me, what the writer’s life looks like is coastal living – Florida, Belize, somewhere with a beach and warm weather. It’s the freedom to work with clients in the animal welfare niche. Traveling, learning new languages like French and Hebrew, and meeting new people.
Okay … do you have your picture?
Second, I want you to … commit to your writing and your freelance career. Write it down. Declare it out loud.
By putting words to paper, you make the dream real. It’s a commitment. There’s no turning back. The curtain has been pulled open, and you’re now on the stage of your life.
The final step is a trick for staying in the moment with your learning and writing.
For me, each morning I dedicate 20 minutes just for learning new tools and skills. With my writing, I schedule two 33-minute sessions. It’s a tip I took from Eugene Schwartz, a writer who – because of this routine – never had writer’s block.
During these scheduled times, I stay present in what I’m doing.
So, for today, do the following:
- Get clear on your version of the writer’s life
- Commit to your writing and freelance career
- Schedule your learning and writing times
I’d love to hear what your writer’s life looks like and what commitments you’ve made to your freelance career. Share your comments here.
Tomorrow, I’ll share an improv technique every actor has to do before anything happens. And, if you do it, you might just realize the writer’s life faster than you thought.