When Writing a Book Changes the Author

Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets

In her book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck outlines the dichotomy between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. People with a fixed mindset tend to believe that their abilities are predetermined, set in stone. Errors and problems are become personal flaws.

  1. Once you start writing, you may be unpleasantly surprised when you discover that that the book changes direction mid-course.

Writing with a Growth Mindset

If you approach the book with a growth mindset, you have permission to start writing before you’re completely sure of exactly what’s going to happen. Writing opens the door to discovery.

What’s your path?

Each approach has benefits and drawbacks.



Author, Writing Coach, Unapologetic Nonfiction Geek. Writing about Writing Itself (very meta). AnneJanzer.com

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