Yesterday I had the privilege of interviewing writer Jeff Goins. We discussed his latest book You Are A Writer on my Unofficial Linchpin podcast and it’s clear that Jeff knows his creative voice. Later in the day though I talked with a friend as she searched for her creative voice. So what’s the difference between those who have found their creative voice and those who haven’t? Here are some ways to find your voice.
1. Stop consuming
There were 638 unread articles in my RSS feed app as I rode the bus home from work. They were all from one day. How stupid is it to read or try to read 638 articles? If you consume bite sized ideas all day your mind will be fragmented into small thoughts. There is power in a larger narrative. Unsubscribe from newsletters, RSS feeds or magazines that cause you to think quickly and shallow. They’re likely doing more harm than good to your creative abilities.
2. Create first
At the beginning of your day don’t consume any content that distracts you. The Bible is the only thing I’ll consume (and I often skip that) before I start creating. When you shut out the influence of blogs, newspapers and other distractions your mind will function better. Your mind is fresh and fertile in the morning. Create first.