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Tap Into This To Stand Out From The Crowd As A Writer

All the greats use it. It is indispensable.

It is so critical to success and achieving greatness that if you’re not using it then you’ll never reach as high as you could if you did use it.

What is it?

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You’ve learned a great many things in your life in direct and indirect ways, and your mind has cross referenced all of what you have learned into a very special database only you have access to.

You know and understand so much more than you might realize and all of that knowledge is within your grasp in your subconscious mind.

Unfortunately, the subconscious mind feeds you information in ways that most people simply don’t trust. It’s in the form of hunches and gut feelings.

You know what it is like when you feel something is not quite right, but have no clear reason as to why you feel that way.

Or maybe you’re writing and for some reason you feel as if you should write it a certain way or add content that came to you from seemingly nowhere.

What I have described is your intuition, and that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

The question is: Do you use it?

Intuition has become the most overlooked and underused aspect of writing or creating just about anything.

Too many people do not trust their own intuition anymore.

You see it all the time in what people are creating, because 99% of it looks the same and sounds the same.

If the casual observer didn’t know any better he or she would think it’s the same regurgitated stuff they’ve seen, read and heard a hundred times before.

And you know what? It is the same.

Most people do not trust their intuition because they’ve bought into following standards, rules and roadmaps that are supposed to guarantee success.

Therefore, they are afraid that using their intuition will inhibit their success, because it doesn’t adhere to the way things should be done or the way things should be said.

So why, and how, do so few stand out from the crowd?

First of all, not everyone has something interesting to say and second of all, not everyone is meant to be the next Jeff Goins, Leo Babauta, Joe Bunting or Seth Godin.

If that were the case then those guys would just be a couple average writers. Right?

Wrong! Everyone has something interesting to say, especially you.

I am sure those guys would tell you the same thing, but here’s the key: you’ve got to be brave enough to say it.

You’ve got to say it the way you would, the way you mean it, and present it your way.

Visit their sites and ask yourself what is different about each one.

I’ll tell you this much, they are not replicas of each other (not even close), their writing styles are different, their formats are different and even the way they present their stories are different.

However, what is the same is that each of them have something to say and they are saying it in their own unique ways.

You’ve got to allow your intuition to guide you and stick with it. (Tweet This)

Most people are afraid to use their intuition because they want to feel secure or they want some guarantee that they won’t look foolish.

Writers who stand out from the crowd are perceived as risk takers. And yet, plenty of others try to copy them, but can’t and never will.

You cannot copy someone’s intuition.

Sure, you can copy others by writing about the exact same stuff and presenting it the exact same way, but it’s what is between the lines that you’ll never be able to replicate.

So don’t try. No. Just. Don’t.

There’s so much emphasis on finding one’s voice, but what is one’s voice anyway?

Your voice develops and becomes heard only when you trust and use your intuition. (Tweet This)

Your voice is YOU.

It’s when you write about something and you let go enough to let what you believe and hold true become your writing (or any creative work).

Trusting and using your intuition provides transparency and creates a connection between you and your reader. It’s that critical ingredient that tells your reader you’ve been there and you care.

It’s honesty.

If you want to connect the dots, color within the lines and write stuff you think others expect, in the way they expect it, that’s your prerogative.

There are plenty of formulas to success you can copy, such as using lists, bullets, or writing long posts, or concise posts, and all that kind of jazz.

But if you want to stand out from the crowd and be the one who is different, who is memorable, then you’ve got to do the scariest thing in the world…

Do. It. Your. Way.

I know, that is frightening. Isn’t it?

I’ll tell you this much, doing it your way may take longer for you to get noticed, but once you start getting noticed you will be able to maintain and build on that, because no one else can do it your way.

No one else has your intuition.

So use it to your advantage, by, well, using it. It means the difference between standing out and staying in the crowd.

5 ways how to use your intuition:

1) Empty your mind.

Before you start writing, take a couple moments to relax and empty your mind of any and all thoughts.

We are usually considering too much and questioning ourselves to death. In order to create our best we need to be confident and let go.

The best way to do this is to take ten or fifteen minutes to think of absolutely nothing and allow yourself to connect with your subconscious. Your subconscious is where all the really good stuff is.

2) Listen to your gut.

If something feels right then it usually is and if it feels wrong or forced, then reconsider.

3) Keep a journal.

The best insights and ideas come when you least expect them.

Lucky people are lucky because they are prepared for opportunity anytime and anywhere. Be ready. Keep a journal.

4) Visualize the results you want.

Don’t be concerned with being realistic because realistic people stay grounded and in the crowd.

5) Trust your intuition.

It will do you no good otherwise.

Of course, intuition should not be used with a total absence of reason and logic, but that’s what the second and third drafts are for. 

When you take the leap and begin to trust and use your intuition, you will go through challenging times when you think no one is listening or watching, and no one cares.

Those times will come and go. And that’s okay.

You will learn and grow, but always stick with your intuition, and hey, trust yourself.

Throw your heart over the bar and your body will follow.

Norman Vincent Peale

Are you ready to do it your way, to let go and trust your intuition? Or have you already? Share in the comments.

About Bryan Hutchinson

I'm a positive writer and when that doesn't work, I eat chocolate. I help fellow writers overcome doubt and thrive! In my free time, I love visiting castles with my wife, Joan. Join me on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Great post, Bryan. I believe I use my intuition. It’s what I want anyway. I’m sure the Story Cartel Writing Course is a good one. Maybe some day.

    • Thank you, Anne. I love your writing and I know you use your intuition! Your guest post on Jeff’s blog still stands out in my memory.

      • Aw thanks, Bryan. I am almost done with the book about my sister. And I made a compilation of some of my poetry which I hope to launch at the same time. I’m looking at July. We’ll see. I need to come up with a title for my first book of poetry out there. I wrote some of these poems back in 1994.

        • Actually, you know what, Anne. I need to share your poems with my wife, Joan. She’s a poet, but she’s not interested in publishing them (or, maybe secretly she is) and I know she’d love to read your work. Let me know when your compilation is ready.

          • That sounds great Bryan. If you like I can send you the PDF and you guys can let me know what you think.

          • Please do!

  • MarlaCummins

    Hi Bryan, Didn’t know you had launched this site… This is
    definitely a great resource for me as I refine my writing and work on finding
    my voice. This article, in particular, really spoke to me today as I think
    about my writing. Thanks!

    • Great to have you over here, Marla! With regard to finding your voice, I think you would love the Tribe Writers course.

      I started Positive Writer last year and have found immense pleasure writing about writing and creativity.

      What do you write about that gives you the most pleasure?

      • MarlaCummins

        Thanks for the suggestion, Bryan. I write about topics that are of interest and help for those with ADD; I love being a resource through my writing. And I was thrilled to make to your “Top 20 Best ADD ADHD Blog List” Now I’m thinking about how I can be a better resource by stepping into my voice…

        • And your blog is a great resource, Marla. You totally deserve it.

          • MarlaCummins


  • I’m a big proponent of intuitiveness. In fact, I’ve got several stories I could tell you about it and how I’ve even gotten jobs. So, why does it seem so difficult to appropriate this to my writing? I think this is the answer I’ve needed all along. Thanks!

    • Awesome, Shelley. I’d love to read about your stories, so perhaps consider writing about intuitiveness. Then share with us by posting your link here in the comments 🙂

  • This spoke deep to my soul. Using my intuition seems to have been a default position since I began blogging. It has led to many ‘heart-in-mouth-can-I-really-say-that?’ moments when what is shared felt too personal and close to home, but I took a leap over the bar and did it anyway. Perhaps my body will follow over one day! A great post, Bryan, and an inspiration to all of us to be authentic and true to our voice and calling. Thanks very much 🙂 x

    • Your body will follow, Joy. Indeed, we should be authentic to ourselves and being so will bring forth our true voice.

  • kathunsworth

    Bryan very important message for all, I trust my gut feelings, only this week whilst writing my piece for my blog I knew it was not right even though I had finished it. I listened to my intuition and instead of posting it, I slept on it over night. With a fresh mind I was able to see the flaws and change it into a better story. I would rather not publish if it is not up to a certain standard of my style of writing. Thank you.

    • Thanks, Kath! I love that you are able to trust what you feel and wait another day to look over it again. I often have this feeling and it is always a good idea to ‘sleep on it’. Actually, I rarely post on the same day that I write, because I like to give my writing a day or two to sit and allow my subconscious to think it over. If I still feel good about it the next day, then I click “publish”. I get the feeling this is what you do, too?

  • Michael

    This is a great post Bryan, many thanks. I’d love to be able to get some context to my thoughts, a thematic approach to my writhing. I do not know if I would like to become a business writer, a writer of short stories, a novelist or a playwright. I enjoy writhing intuitively when it suits me; such as writhing a complaint or using words to get my way out of some type of predicament.
    I’ve lots going on in my head, and unfortunately I take the lazy approach to let it spin around in there, instead of actually putting pen to paper or fingers to the key pad. I like the idea of writhing, but I too often get distracted with the thinking part, playing the story around and around. I make so many excuses, Oh it’s not quiet enough here to write, oh sure its summer I’ll have a beer and people watch instead. But what you have said above, it is very inspiring indeed, for once I’ve wrote a comment off the cuff, instead of my usual perfectionist approach.

    • Michael, that’s a common issue for a lot of people, you are not alone. We all think too much, it’s an annoyance of being human and when we think too much we tend to want to become perfectionists, but the problem with that is that we usually get stuck and brainlocked.

      Allowing yourself a few moments of silence and giving your intuition the opprotunity to come alive, you may unlock a part fo yourself that is probably begging to be heard. If it helps, tell yourself it is just the first draft and you’ll go back and dot your i’s and cross your t’s.
      Let me know how it goes.

  • AnthonyDejolde

    I have always believed in my intuition. Always felt strong urges inside me and many times have followed ’em. Most of the time I obeyed those urges, they had good results, so far.

    Actually just recently, I felt promptings from deep within and I yielded to ’em.

    Guest what?

    I’m receiving blessings right now ‘cuz I obeyed those messages buried deep inside. I totally agree with your thoughts here Bryan.

    Please continue to inspire us.

    You’re definitely hitting a right chord here in this blog.


    • Thanks, Anthony! It’s always good to know I am heading in the right direction, too. I’m glad to hear you are receiving blessings for following your intuition 🙂

  • I remember in school when taking multiple choice tests. The teachers always told us o go with our first choice. We have to quit trying to talk ourselves out of our intuition and go with the first choice.

  • Penelope Silvers

    Being a writer is curing me of perfectionism. I am learning to trust my instincts, write, and correct later. “Go with the flow” as they say does work a lot better in this profession.