Napoleon Hill is known, perhaps better than anyone else, as the creator of the mastermind group. His definition was:
“The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.
”At Networlding, my focus, prior to getting into helping others write books, was helping thousands learn the art and science of better networking. My definition of creating wonderful, powerful networks was all about:
“Building mutually beneficial relationships to create transformation opportunities.”
Your Mastermind Group
In college, graduate school and law school I took every writing course in the respective school. I took grant writing, fiction writing, technical writing. I also had a teaching assistantship where I taught composition for two years along with a technical writing class. I also joined some writers support groups. But what I didn’t get from any of these groups was the BIG level of support I wanted from each of these groups.
Now, you might call me crazy, but, I’ve come up and implemented an idea that has worked well for me and it just might help you. It’s about developing an imaginary mastermind group — in this case, an imaginary book-writing mastermind group. Why? Here are a few reasons:
- You can create better when there is no one to disrupt your momentum. Great writing tends to be more about passion — the feelings you have about your writing and the words pouring out of you from inspiration versus a more analytical activity. When you are writing from inspiration you create what I call “story depth,” This depth will enable you to connect to your readers, pulling them into your book.
- If you tap into writing masters from the past, you can access their wisdom without remorse. Channel your inner Hemingway, Fitzgerald or Twain (my favorite). You can move this inspirational process along quite quickly by search online for quotes of theirs.
“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know” – Hemingway from his book, Moveable Feast
“Great books write themselves. Only bad books have to be written.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“The more you explain it, the more I don’t understand it.” – Mark Twain
- Don’t be afraid of mistakes. “Mistakes make you. Mistakes make you smarter, stronger and more self-reliant.” – Shirley Maclaine from the great movie (you should watch it) about a woman named Harriet Lawler. It’s about a curmudgeonly woman who is in the twilight years and now spends her time, alone and lonely. But then by reaching out to a young woman who is working as an obituary writer for the local newspaper to write her obituary before she passes, Maclaine’s life changes dramatically and surprisingly, for the better.
So who will be in your mastermind writing group? Use the wisdom of those wonderful writers who have come before you to discover the pathway to your best writing. Start by tapping into these past writers’ words to inspire you to write, as Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Twain all wrote . . . from passion that then bloomed into purpose and from there into a great writing prowess for each of them.