Mark Forster’s Opening Scenario: The Vision.

QUOTE (emphasis mine): One of the questions anyone reading this book is likely to ask is, ‘Is it real?’ By which they will mean, ‘Did these dialogues really happen when they were supposed to?’, ‘Was the first draft of the book really written in nineteen days?’, ‘Did the events mentioned really happen in the way described?’ and above all, ‘Did the author really have no idea how the book was going to turn out when he started it?’ The answer to all these questions is ‘Yes.’ This book itself is an example of the message that it teaches – that when we learn to give priority to the workings of our unconscious minds we can trust them not to let us down. This book is the record of how I stopped struggling to work against my own feelings, learned to listen to what my mind was telling me and started to let my life happen rather than struggle to force it. The only way the book has been changed since the first draft was written is as a result of minor editorial amendments and additions, such as chapter headings and a couple of additional articles, which seemed necessary to develop some of the themes.

NOTE (my commentary): In Steven Pressfield’s writing about writing, he continually speaks of resistance as the major obstacle to putting words onto paper. Resistance is always present and resistance is what we need to overcome in order to write on a consistent and regular basis.

I have all kinds of resistance, but there is something in the work of Barbara Sher and Mark Forster that gives me hope of being able to overcome my own personal resistance.

The secret seems to be to connect with what I deeply love and enjoy on a visceral basis. if I truly enjoy something, if it’s playful rather than work, then I am drawn to it and ready to have some fun on the playground of ideas and words. If I conceived of the writing that I wish to do as work or any kind of obligation, that is going to be fuel to the power of resistance to write it.

Marc Forster’s book How to Make Your Dreams Come True is all about resistance to writing. He had a contract and a massive writer’s block which he could not overcome. so he wrote a book about how he overcame that resistance and writer’s block. And in so doing he demonstrated for me a method that I can adopt and a path that I can take. If it worked for him there is no reason that it cannot work for me.

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS

When you set a goal to do something, do you arrange to make it fun?
How can you increase the playful enjoyment at what is before you?
How can you decrease the level of drudgery and increase the joyful excitement that a child feels at play?
How can your writing place become more of a playground?

RESOURCES

SOURCE – Footnotes:
[1] Forster, Mark. How to Make Your Dreams Come True, Hodder & Stoughton. Kindle Edition.

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