To develop your secret writing self:
- Do exercises for writers instead of just reading them.
- Stop talking about your writing, how hard it is, what you are doing, and your dreams. Instead, write.
- Make a space in your life—a physical box house—where no one can enter. It can be as simple as a notebook you carry around, a special pen, a time of day.
- Practice being quiet. Let other people talk. Listen, like you did when you were a kid, and you openly stared and absorbed everything. Be quie. Leave some room in yourself for words to reverberate.