I don’t know if I’m having flashbacks or what, but I’ve been thinking about the questions writers need to ask and the actions they need to take to recognize and move through resistance as a flowchart.
Flowcharts excel in illustrating a series of decisions and actions more concisely than words can describe. For example, to describe the first 8 boxes in the flowchart, you need all this verbage:
You start with the question: “Am I committed to do Product Time now?”. If you don’t know, you need to make time-specific commitments. If you are not committed to do Product Time now, you ask yourself “Am I inspired?”. If you’re not inspired, you can do something else entirely guilt free. But if you are inspired, you move to the next question “Do I know what to do?”. For the third option to the first question, if you are committed to do Product Time now, you ask yourself if you’re inspired. And so on…
Compare that complexity to the simplicity of the flowchart: Get Around Resistance Flowchart.
Notice if there are boxes in the flowchart that you didn’t know about or that you try to skip. Do those boxes reflect parts of the process where you get stuck or your writing falls off your mental map?
Please let me know which elements of the flowchart you’d like to read more about in upcoming posts.
And please forgive the watermark declaring this flowchart was made with a trial run of SmartDraw; I didn’t think it was worth $200 to buy the software for one blog post. But if I keep thinking in flowcharts, I might spring for the software.