5 Writing Lessons from Robin Sharma
Sometimes, writers need inspiration to progress in their creative writing tasks. Their muse may be a simple photograph, a book or their idols. These idols could be speakers, family members or other fellow writers. If you feel you are in a rut or that your creative juices have gone dry, then Robin Sharma, the world acclaimed author of 15 international bestsellers, has some inspiring tips for you.
1. Make your life your muse
One crucial thing that you learn from Robin is to reflect on your life. He says, “If your life is worth thinking about, it is worth writing about.” So, reflect on what life has offered you. Think about the incidents that you have come across in your life, or ponder over the good things that have happened in the course of one year or several years. Use these personal experiences as your creative prompts and then start writing your new story or novel. Let these experiences become your muse!
2. Enjoy the little things
Another thing that every writer must do is to stop craving for material pleasures and spend some time admiring the little pleasures that life can offer you. In his words, “The moment I stopped spending so much time chasing the big pleasure of life. I began to enjoy the little ones, like watching the stars dancing in moonlit sky or soaking in the sunbeams of a glorious summer morning.” Slow down; do not rush all the time. Take your time to write. Take a break when you feel like taking one, and then resume writing. Spend some time in the company of nature or with friends or family members. This much-need break from writing gives you renewed vigor to recommence your writing.
3. Invest in yourself
If you feel unhappy, then the world around will look unhappy to you. If you are happy, then you will feel the world is a better place to live in. Hence, it is essential to invest in yourself as this helps you in steering your life smoothly and subsequently others’ lives too. You can invest in yourself by improving your skills, education or even relationships. Robin says,” Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” When you write, make sure your mind is in a happy state. This will lead to more creative writing as you will realize that investing in yourself is an act of self-respect, because you recognize that you are worthy. This realization will inspire yourself and others.
In his blog, Robin says, “Exercising in the morning is a brilliant move. Boosts creativity/stamina and joy.” This is a good tip for all writers to follow. When you exercise in the morning, your body and mind feels rejuvenated. When you feel fresh, then you tend to write freely.
5. Write a journal
Maintaining a journal requires discipline and patience. Writing is all about discipline. When you bring in some discipline to your life, then your life becomes more fruitful. Robin says, “Write about what your hopes and dreams are. Recreate the story you want your life to be. Do a gratitude list to get you off to a great start. Writing in a journal helps you to live with greater clarity and more deliberately.” Before you write, think about the people to whom you feel grateful. See how you can incorporate life’s experiences into your writing.
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