Here’s a review of the procedure:
1. The Word of the Day technique. As soon as you wake up, find the first word that comes into your mind. After you pick your Word of the Day, take a piece of paper and pen, and place the word in a circle in the middle of your page. Set a timer for two minutes. Free associate about the word for a minute or two. The goal is to feel happy and optimistic, whatever those words mean to you.
2. Create Your Wants. On a fresh page, labeled “Wants” and dated, write down at least ten things you want. This can include a cup of coffee, a new job, winning the lottery, or a walk in the park. Write fast for two minutes.
3. Create Your Beliefs. Next, take a fresh page and label it “Beliefs,” then write down at least five beliefs such as “I believe I can get to the gym today,” or “I believe that I will do a good job at work today.” This can take a minute or more.
4. Next, take a fresh page and label it, “My Daily Script As A Writer.” Set a timer for three minutes, and write about your day as if it has already happened – just the way you’d like it. Be careful NOT to be practical. Only think of what you wanted, not how you got it. For example, I might write: “Today was a great day! I worked on my new book for an hour and got five pages done.” Most importantly, imagine what your day could be like if you got your writing done every day.
5. The final step is to write a brief reprise of how the writing day actually went before you go to sleep. Be truthful, then add things that you wanted to have happened. Be outrageous, and don’t worry about anything practical. Have fun!
What you’ll start to notice if you take this on is that in a short time, your imaginary script and the reprise of the day begin to become increasingly similar! The best way to get something done is to plan.