Written by Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott
Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path was published in 2003, and like other valuable guides, the insight holds true over a decade later.
Although the steps are addressed to writers, I believe they can be applied to all aspects of life. Whether you are yearning to begin a new writing project, wanting to start a painting or a song or even trying to find a new path in life, recognizing which step you are on can make the difference between abandoning a new adventure and seeing it through to fruition.
Pickard and Lott have broken down the creative path in seven distinct stages that all artists will recognize:
Step 1: Unhappiness (Key words: feel, reveal)
Step 2: Wanting (Key words: focus, collect)
Step 3: Commitment (Key words: decide, set in motion)
Step 4: Wavering (Key words: face fears, align core values)
Step 5: Letting Go (Key words: release, cross over)
Step 6: Immersion (Key words: resolved, preoccupied)
Step 7: Fulfillment (Key words: celebration, endings, beginnings)
The authors offer insight into how to recognize which stage you are in and how to overcome the resistance that arises. Understanding that there are actual stages and knowing where you are in the process can relieve a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. Having this valuable awareness might even keep you from prematurely abandoning a story, project or even a new direction you might be choosing in your career or life.