Getting Into Costume

So, I’m working on a few big writing projects, behind the scenes, outside of running E-Courses.

Though my work in general has me sitting in front of the computer, writing content for the courses of an E-Book, this feels different.  There is no specific deadline, just me having to show up on the page in order to manifest something I crave to create.

I’m having to create some practices to actually get myself to sit down and write!  Sometimes the projects that mean most to you are the hardest to dive into!

Here are some ways I’m getting myself to work on it:

  • Going to a specific cafe that I don’t regularly go to do work on this project
  • Going out of town to a friend’s place while they are away, as a writing retreat
  • Putting on my ‘writers’ glasses
Yes, you read that one right.  It cracks me up that I’m doing that, but it works.  You see, I got another new pair of glasses when Clearly Contacts had a sale, and while my Cat Eye ones feel like my everyday pair, I found that this new circular pair….well, it makes me feel like a writer, like when I put them on I feel all studious.

So, I figure if I need to use a costume of sorts in order to actually sit down and write…so be it!

I don’t think I’ve ever actually called myself a writer, though I’ve been engaging in the practice of writing for a decade now through blogging but it is something I want to embrace more in my life, in a bigger ways.  So I figure maybe sometimes we need bits of costuming to ease ourselves into a new role, to make us feel at home.

Have you ever experienced that?

A paint covered apron you put on and feel like an artist?

Does having an old film camera around your neck make you feel like a photographer?

Tell me I’m not alone in needing a little costuming to embrace a new aspect of one’s self!

  • Tara@AquamarineSeptember 9, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    I love the idea of the costume! I am engulfed in a big writing project too at the moment and am finding really useful. I’ve written a minimum of 750 words (usually more in the end) every day for nine days now and it feels really good. Also, it’s hard to resist earning different types of birds for progress made (I currently have a penguin! This is very exciting to me), and they have a bunch of stats which are fun to check out. Anyway, you may find it useful in helping you focus.

    Am off to purchase your Dreamy Photos ebook now!


  • GenniferSeptember 9, 2012 - 1:49 pm

    I have been struggling with the same thing. I need to try this!ReplyCancel

  • SuzieSeptember 9, 2012 - 5:28 pm

    I love that you are so open to whatever helps allow you to accomplish what you set before yourself; and how fun that this is kind of a playful way to do it 🙂ReplyCancel

  • SheenaSeptember 9, 2012 - 5:54 pm

    you are so not alone! As an actor, I don’t feel comfortable going in to a workshop, class or rehearsal without my “actor’s costume”. Black yoga pants, black tank top and a off the shoulder black sweater, hair in a loose curly knot on the top of my head, no jewelry and most of the time, bare feet (makes me feel more grounded). Putting this on feels almost the same as putting on a costume for a play, and makes me feel focused and centered.ReplyCancel

  • L.McG.-E.September 10, 2012 - 12:26 pm

    I absolutely use props are prompts to get me into the right zone of tasks I want to do but need to focus and be present to actually complete. I think “writing glasses” sound just the ticket.ReplyCancel