Matter over Mind
Fran Cook, Publishing Assistant
Even if nothing comes from something, be proud that it’s your original 100% something. Mark Twain declared, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” In order to win the lottery, your chances increase tremendously if you buy a ticket.
The only instrument that is keeping you from your next piece of greatness is your mind—fear of what they’ll think; fear of mistakes. Fear is the author’s “F” word.
Dump the fear, close your eyes and start typing what flows through your fingertips. Type your thoughts and don’t worry about the order or sequence in the beginning. Set a goal to write one chapter or 5 pages without touching the backspace key. Then celebrate when you gaze at all that beautiful—and maybe scrambled for now— ink on pages that you just created. Take a 10-minute break, roar out a high school cheer, pat yourself on the back, do some stretches and get back to it! One small celebration leads to the next and before you know it, you are writing the conclusion!
When your mind sees progress, excitement levels increase, adrenaline starts to flow and then comes a burst of creative innovation. Adrenaline pumps through your body, “sharpening mental focus,” which will get those fingers dancing like never before. Write in that moment like never before and don’t look back.
Matter over mind is when your pen controls the story, not the spinning thoughts of doubt, fear or brain freeze. Matter over mind is showing that output is more important than thought put, for the time being. Matter over mind is when the physical keystroke pushes beyond the supersonic thoughts racing for 1st place.
Matter over mind is when, all that matters, is action, forward momentum and progress. The details will come to you in time, once you’ve laid the genuine foundation or framework of your message, which spews from our soul.