There's a saying that goes something like, we teach what we need to learn the most. You've probably heard the advice, write what you know. Here's another twist...write what you need to learn the most. Could be an article, a blog post, or a full blown book.
The process of researching and penning the words helps to etch new behaviors on your brain and ensures that the information will be in your mind ready to be accessed when needed.
One universal affliction that many writers suffer from is overwhelm. There's just too much information flooding in, which prevents you from taking enough action because you're listening to too many people.
Being a lifelong learner on this subject I included a chapter on overwhelm in my book, 'YES! You're Published'. Here are a few excerpts and 3 exercises to keep you moving forward and upward:
Two of the best ways to avoid Overwhelm is to clarify exactly what you will and won’t do and whom you will and won’t follow for advice. Look at your life and figure out how you can create more happiness by eliminating as much as possible. I call this stress prioritizing. For this example, writing is at the top of the list. Analyze your daily to-do list and for each item ask, will this further my writing goals? If yes, it stays. If no, can it be removed, delegated to someone else, or at least reduced in time or made easier in some way?
You have to decide what’s most important to you and what you can sacrifice or minimalize. Where do you want to be in one year, five years, and ten years? NOW is the time to pave that path. You can do it without suffering from Overwhelm but you have to be strict, disciplined, and exercise your right to be yourself and say no to what doesn’t make you happy.
You must tame the turbulent flow of information that crosses your path and intersects your thoughts everyday. Here are a few exercises to get you started: