Dear Writers, this is my very own top 10 list. (I have loved David Letterman’s Top 10 List for years.)

posted Sep 29, 2015, 6:40 AM by David Alan Binder   [ updated May 16, 2016, 6:59 AM ]

Dear Writers, this is my very own top 10 list.  (I have loved David Letterman’s Top 10 List for years.)

  1. Let go of what people think about you and what you can do.  Do not let them define you since you are unique, revel in that uniqueness and be who you want to be.
  2. Let go of being a perfectionist.  Yeah, sometimes “good enough for who it is for” is more than just an expression (see good enough for government work saying and where it comes from if you’d like to know the root of this).  Being our own worst critique can be overwhelming and sometimes we just have to let that article or story fly and see what happens.  Those loved, little birds we send off with our hearts are hard to let go of in the first place.  Let them loose and see what happens.
  3. Let go of that feeling of powerlessness.  You have the power, you have what it takes, turn that into confidence that if you take the right steps then you are doing the right thing and you have the power to have a voice.
  4. Let go of being certain.  It is out of your control.  From what others think of you to what will happen when you send your pet project to an agent, publisher or to me your Write Coach.  Be certain that I will help you with all I can to get your pet project ready to go out into that real scary world.  Together we’ll be certain you are ready.
  5. Let go of the fear.  You may feel tentative, but have no fear.  You have prepared for this your whole life, years and everything you’ve written from school papers, to memos, to letters, to emails has prepared you for this.  Have no fear, a healthy fear of NOT doing it should permeate you and propel you on to write.
  6. Let go of comparison.  Yes, you may not be a James Patterson or John Grisham or [insert your favorite or admired author here].  You are you and the next best author we both know and will promote and love and to be published.  Hold your head high and while you may not be a best seller you will find your voice and your audience and your clientele and your readers.  They will find you as well.
  7. Let go of the compulsion to only write.  Writers have to, MUST experience life.  Play, enjoy your family and friends and do those other things you have to do and observe those interactions for it may be the basis of your next and great novel.  (If you do not experience it then you may not write it and being great may never happen.)  Think of it as necessary research.  Everything you do will be research in some manner.
  8. Let go of anxiety.  Use Zen, yoga, tai chi, breathing techniques, meditation, whatever you need to do to dismiss the anxiety and transcend it and become one with the keyboard.
  9. Let go of the “what’s in” and the “what’s hip”.  Be yourself and amuse yourself with your project.  Enjoy the article, the story, the time with the characters.  Do not make them fit into your or anyone else’s preconceived notions.  Again you are unique and your books will be unique.
  10. Let go of what you are supposed to do and any self-doubt.  Winners think like winners, not losers.  There is only when, not if, in their thoughts about winning.  They will persevere and they will win.  There is any self-doubt, never any question about it.  You will write and you will win.
Contact me at ab3ring at juno dot com or dalanbinder at gmail dot com

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  1. Let go of what people think about you and what you can do.  Do not let them define you since you are unique, revel in that uniqueness and be who you want to be.
  2. Let go of being a perfectionist.  Yeah, sometimes “good enough for who it is for” is more than just an expression (see good enough for government work saying and where it comes from if you’d like to know the root of this).  Being our own worst critique can be overwhelming and sometimes we just have to let that article or story fly and see what happens.  Those loved, little birds we send off with our hearts are hard to let go of in the first place.  Let them loose and see what happens.
  3. Let go of that feeling of powerlessness.  You have the power, you have what it takes, turn that into confidence that if you take the right steps then you are doing the right thing and you have the power to have a voice.
  4. Let go of being certain.  It is out of your control.  From what others think of you to what will happen when you send your pet project to an agent, publisher or to me your Write Coach.  Be certain that I will help you with all I can to get your pet project ready to go out into that real scary world.  Together we’ll be certain you are ready.
  5. Let go of the fear.  You may feel tentative, but have no fear.  You have prepared for this your whole life, years and everything you’ve written from school papers, to memos, to letters, to emails has prepared you for this.  Have no fear, a healthy fear of NOT doing it should permeate you and propel you on to write.
 
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  2. Let go of the compulsion to only write.  Writers have to, MUST experience life.  Play, enjoy your family and friends and do those other things you have to do and observe those interactions for it may be the basis of your next and great novel.  (If you do not experience it then you may not write it and being great may never happen.)  Think of it as necessary research.  Everything you do will be research in some manner.
  3. Let go of anxiety.  Use Zen, yoga, tai chi, breathing techniques, meditation, whatever you need to do to dismiss the anxiety and transcend it and become one with the keyboard.
  4. Let go of the “what’s in” and the “what’s hip”.  Be yourself and amuse yourself with your project.  Enjoy the article, the story, the time with the characters.  Do not make them fit into your or anyone else’s preconceived notions.  Again you are unique and your books will be unique.
  5. Let go of what you are supposed to do and any self-doubt.  Winners think like winners, not losers.  There is only when, not if, in their thoughts about winning.  They will persevere and they will win.  There is any self-doubt, never any question about it.  You will write and you will win.
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