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“There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write.” — Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

Resistance preys on the fact that your motivation will wax and wane.

Resistance knows that you can become distracted, unmotivated and sometimes even insecure about your writing capabilities.

Resistance’s one unwavering objective is to grind you down before you reach your final destination.

But there are 3 things that you can do to fight Resistance into submission, once and for all.

HABITS

Daily habits are Resistance’s kryptonite.

Resistance hates that regardless of how exhausted you feel, you wake up at 5:30 AM every single morning.

Resistance hates that regardless of how uninspired you feel, you make coffee and sit at your desk and open your laptop to a clean Word document.

Resistance hates that regardless of how many notifications buzz and ping, you put your cell phone on silent and leave it on the other side of the room.

Resistance hates that regardless of how crummy your writing was that day, you will get up tomorrow morning and follow the exact same routine.

REVERSE ENGINEER

Resistance hates that you are tenacious about your “why.”

Resistance hates that you have patience when it comes to reaching your “why.”

Resistance hates that you have worked backwards and discovered how to break up the process in small and manageable steps.

Resistance hates that you have developed a system of “mini rewards” based on reaching incremental milestones.

Resistance hates that you are no longer view your destination as daunting, but rather consider the outcome inevitable.

ANTICIPATE

Resistance hates that you have anticipated him coming.

Resistance hates that you have looked to others for advice on how to conquer him.

Resistance hates that you have the guts and the capacity to jump headfirst into your work.

Resistance hates that you are willing to let Resistance win one battle knowing that you will eventually win the war.

Don’t let Resistance win.

Resistance will approach you no matter when you write, what you write and where you write. Every single day, it will show up at your door. Hover above your desk. And tell you that you aren’t good enough. Or that you have a new e-mail. Or that you should start over. Or that you should just research a little bit more.

Do not listen.

Instead, just write.

It does not matter if your grammar is imperfect. It does not matter if the imagery is not quite there. It all can be revised further along the process. Just write. Write whatever comes to your mind. Write from an authentic place of Self. Write because the only way out is through. And soon, Resistance will slowly disintegrate into the cool air, realizing that you — again — have won this round.

Thanks for reading!

If you enjoyed this story, you should check out www.jenonmoney.com where I write about money, work, self-development, and more. — Jen

This originally appeared on Quora.

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Productivity, craftsmanship, and the pursuit of excellence at work. Writing now at jennifertchan.substack.com.

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