Create yourself on the page

What do you want?

So, You Want To Be A Fiction Writer: Tips From The Best, by ...

Every time I achieved anything – in business, academics, life – I’ve created myself on the page.

I took a blank piece of paper. (Or a Moleskine.) And I asked myself, “What do I want?”

Then I answered that question being as descriptive as possible.

I created an image – an “ideal me”. I wrote down what I want to do with my days, how I want it, and what impact I want to make on the world.

Then I asked myself, “What would it take for me to be there?” I reverse-engineered the image I had in my head.

It worked when I got accepted in one of the best business colleges in the U.S. It worked when I dropped out from there after 7 months. It worked when I started writing on Medium and made my first $1,000 there. It worked when I launched a business. And it worked when I quit that business to move to another country.

But I am not all that cool. I often got side-tracked. We all do.

However, asking yourself this question from time to time, and bringing your focus back to the image of the “ideal you” – is essential to get where you want to go.

So here’s a piece of advice: create yourself on the page like a fiction writer.

What’s your character? What do you want? What will it take to get there?


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