The Effective Author: Power of Visioning
© 2017 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved.
Everyone has heard someone extol the virtues and power of visioning. But, as always, this column invites you to look at different levels of the apparent topic. The first week of the New Year is the perfect time to be thinking about visioning. With no real effort, and no toasted brain cells, you can shift the outcome of your entire year and the years beyond.
We’re looking at 3 key aspects of visioning today. There’s your vision of who you are and can be, as an author. There’s your vision of your productivity, including your vision for your workspace and your computer. And, of course, there’s your vision of and for your business.
Take a closer look at the picture of the fish, above. It’s actually a goldfish wearing a shark fin! The goldfish sees himself as strong, perhaps adventurous, and up for anything a shark is up for. So how do you see yourself, as a person and as a writer or author? Do you think you are a fast or slow writer? Do you see yourself writing easily? Do you have one main genre? If you are in nonfiction, is your vision of your writing to excite and incite social movements, or do you see yourself as a server of information? Do you write as the quiet voice, or do you hold the vision of yourself as the writer of exciting, titillating tales? Or are you covering social issues in the background of mystery/adventure/romance? Do you see yourself becoming well-known, and being interviewed on major TV shows? Or do you vision yourself more as the invisible recluse, using social media and a symbol image rather than a photo? These are just a few of the questions that can inform your vision of who you are, who you want to be and who you can be, as an author. Can you take some time today to write to yourself about your vision of yourself and yourself as an author?
Now take a look around your office or workspace. Is it simply your laptop and mouse? And you curl up on one end of your couch to research and write? Hmmm. If this is the case, you probably also have files or piles in at least 2 rooms, perhaps a bulletin board, and even possibly a file cabinet somewhere, containing ideas and pieces already written. Or perhaps you have an actual room, and everything is piled everywhere. So what is your secret vision of how you would like your workspace to be? Would you like all your equipment and storage in one room, or at least in one area? Do you love neatness, color and lovely décor, perhaps theme décor (e.g., World Beat, New Age, or Shabby Chic)? Do you love being able to quickly put your hands on any book or file or article you need? Start some notes or journal pages now, and confess to yourself how you would really like your workspace to be. Sketch themes, if you can draw a bit. Clip photos from magazines with elements you would love to be looking at, when you look up from your keyboard or yellow pads. As soon as you realize what you would most like to be surrounded by, and how you would like your workspace to flow, you will start noticing it is becoming that way.
The third key area of visioning is about your business as a whole. And if you don’t see your writing as a business, shift that now! Unless you are independently wealthy, your writing and authoring have put you in a business. So you can treat it professionally by tweaking your vision of where you’re going, from time to time. Have a look at the Classic Visioning picture below. Do you want to be a hit-series author? Then set those goals and list the actions you’ll be taking, on a draft time line, to make that happen. Will you write one 250-page book a year? Then how much time will you need to spend each week, to research and write the yearly book? I know a romance writer who produces three books a year. She is on contract and loves her work. But perhaps you are a short-story writer, and part of your challenge is finding outlets; in that case, your business vision needs to include hours or days to get advice on selling your stories, your collections, and your sets. What aspects of your business need some detailed research and visioning? Start adding your thoughts on these, in your journal.
Now you have some starter questions, and you have started journaling and sketching out your visions of yourself, your space, and your business. As your mental images become clearer, envision yourself already having the space, the productivity, and the personality to accompany your ideas of who you want to be. Spend a few minutes every morning and evening, internally visiting your visions. Notice the visioning getting more vivid. Sometimes you will find yourself solving questions within a visioning session. There is no limit to the power of your inner images and their influence on your confidence, organizing, and business synergy. The more vivid your visioning in these three levels, the happier and more successful you will be in 2017 and beyond. That’s the power of visioning! And a very Happy New Year to you!
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Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert and author of the award-winning book, Discover the Secret Energized You, as well as the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition. Her newest book, Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, is available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com for more info. Like this article? Buy Kebba’s books by clicking the links! Reach the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org. For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: email@example.com.