The Successful Writer (Writing Prompt)

“… you need the room. You need the door, and you need the determination to shut the door. You need a concrete goal, as well. The longer you keep to these basics, the easier the act of writing will become. Don’t wait for the muse. … Your job is to make sure the muse knows where you’re going to be every day from nine ‘til noon or seven ‘til three.”  ~Stephen King, On Writing

Tell me a story about being a writer that you define as successful.

What does that look like?

What does it feel like?

What is your purpose in writing? Is it for yourself or others?

What is your dream?

Give yourself permission to live that dream on the page, just for the next 20 minutes. Allow yourself to express your highest good (whether serving yourself or the world, whether writing fiction, nonfiction or poetry). Know your dream intimately. Breathe it. Open yourself to the possibility of living that dream.

Now, come back to this moment. Reflect on how to get where you want to be. Identify the first, smallest step. That step could be writing two sentences a day, reading, having a regular breakfast, submitting edited work to journals, applying for scholarships or simply stopping for a single moment each day to revisit your writing dream. Whatever that step is, make it your goal for this week.

You choose your writing experience.

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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  1. Reblogged this on notsodeepthoughtsbyshareenmansfield and commented:
    This is great. I used it today. I have put in a few drafts. Trying to steady my gaze and focus like you suggest. Instead of jumping around I am trying to flesh out just one topic.

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  2. Please check out the newest developments. You are quite good at this. .

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