Millions of people desire to write their book, start their blog, or write for a magazine. Most people don’t know what to write, or simply make excuses for not getting the job done.
In today’s episode, we’re talking about the excuses writers make to not put pen to paper and let the words flow. We’re going to answer these common frustrations and help you get on the road to writing the book or starting a blog of your dreams.
Listen to episode: (0:32:43)
You’ve done the hard work, you’ve outlined your book, you’ve toiled over the right message, and now the fun work truly begins. It’s time to write your book.
In today’s episode, we’re finishing out the How to Write a Book The Right Way series with a topic about the process I use to actually write my books. I’m also going to show you what I do to edit before handing it off to an editor.
Listen to episode: (0:30:04)
Writing requires focus. Not just short bursts of focus, but long months on end drawn-out Focus to get you from point A to point B.
This is why so many people never finish their books, they don’t put into practice the right criteria and the right mindset for writing their book. In today’s episode, we’re talking about our content and how to be clear on your message, how to stay focused, how to be relevant, and how to get that first draft written.
Listen to episode: (0:30:58)
When you sit down to officially begin writing a book the ominous blank page with the blinking cursor stop most people in their tracks. And without the right structure, your book will take 2-3 times longer write.
In today’s episode, we’re talking about setting a solid foundation So we can build a book we can be proud that we wrote. We will look at how to choose our topic, how to describe our title, and how to begin writing our outline.
One thing that keeps me going and keeps me focused is challenges. If I don’t stretch myself and try something new, I’ll keep doing the same old same old. Challenges keep us strong and keep us on course to finish the race.
In today’s episode I’m talking about a new challenge I’m giving myself and why you should consider doing your own 30-day challenge. I’ll give you some examples from my past and how they’ve helped shape me.
Listen to episode: (0:32:01)
If you’ve ever sat down to write a book, you know the thought and effort that goes into writing. It takes hard work, dedication, and a willingness to not get side tracked. And then there are all those rules!
We all know about the rules of writing. You’ve read blog post after blog post, book after book, and it all can become clouded and confusing. I’ve done the work for you. Now you don’t have to read anything else other than this post.
For some people, writing is easy and comes naturally. For me, I get too bogged down with making my chapter perfect before I move along to the next. Sometimes, I’m not sure where I’m headed by the time I begin writing the next chapter in the book.
Do you feel that way? Without a proper outline, you’ll hit a proverbial dead-end and your book will never get written.
Every book has a unique goal in mind. That goal should be the driving force behind why you’re writing the book. If we don’t have an end in mind, our book will fall down flat. This is why I encourage people to create a propositional statement for why they are writing their book.
When I wrote, “Grace: What’s So Amazing About It?” I wanted to narrow down my focus so that I knew why I was wanting to write this book. I wanted to make sure I was on target as I began writing that first chapter.
The craft of writing is a lot of hard work. Yes, those easy moments happen when the Muse shows up. But the line that separates good writers from hacks, is the line between writing and rewriting.
A good craftsman is good at working on every page, sentence, and syllable. He doesn’t just stop at the first draft, he works and reworks his material until he’s satisfied, then it’s off to the editor.
Originally published on 04/16/2009 as a special article on this blog. I have significantly changed this article for today’s podcast episode. If you’d like to read the original, click here.
People have been on a health kick for some time. We see on TV all kinds of ways one can lose weight fast. Take this pill, drink this potion and if you don’t see a significant notice in your weight loss in two weeks get a total refund and keep the steak knives as our free gift for ordering.
In today’s episode, I’m talking about living a healthy, balanced life. It doesn’t matter what we’re writing or doing in our lives if anything is out of sync inside us, we will not be effective as communicators of the message God’s given us.
Listen to episode: (0:37:54)