We all experience moments where your brain shuts down and you can’t write another word. Some call it writer’s block, others call it laziness.
What happens when you sit down, see that cursor, and want to shut down and reboot your brain in safe-mode? Writer’s block happens to everyone. It creeps in when you’re least expecting it and you find you’re at a total loss, wishing you could write just one more paragraph without pulling out your hair.
If you want to be an author or do any serious writing, then you need a website. It’s the number one go to that editors, readers, authors visit to get a feel for how you write.
The problem, most authors websites are a dismal failure. They sink without a ripple. They don’t have a domain name. They don’t have a serious blog. And you can’t contact them or find out who they are.
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In a waking moment, I decided to write daily for 30 days. I desired to be the titular hero in my writing adventure. In other words, the novel won’t write itself.
Most wannabe writers dabble in their novel or book. It’s your longing to finally have that finished manuscript but periodically spending a few minutes you feel it won’t ever happen. Do you resonate with that? I know I did, for years!
If you’ve ever attempted to write a book, you know the daunting and terrifying Prospect it is to finish. If you’ve ever finished your book, you know that deep inside you can do it and the next book becomes easier.
In today’s episode, I’m talking about educating yourself in the craft of writing. I’m going to share my secrets with you on what I do to educate myself and how you can use the same methods to take your craft to the next level.
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The world is a complicated place. We see heroes, villains, lovers, and haters. Then there’s those who don’t fit into either mold and choose not to get involved.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last several days, you’ll know there have been major clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. White supremacists, neo-nazi, and other hate filled groups–from both sides of the aisle–clashed in a violent fashion over the weekend.
Book Writing Challenge – Day 2: Channeling Each Word
When I sit down to write, a lot of words start flowing into the mind. I’m not saying every word is a good word or even worth writing, but I sort it all out before taking each word to paper. Writing is an art form. You can’t just write–you mold, shape, and create each sentence. I have to channel each word before I write that next sentence.
Yesterday was a lighter day of writing. I figured that might happen as the day before was a huge day. Yesterday I wrote just over 1,200 words. I was shy of my goal of 1,500 words, but the day before I wrote over 2,000. I figured it all works out in the wash.
Still, writing that amount is something a lot of writers don’t do. I’ve talked with several writers who dabble with their books for years and never get the job done. It’s not bad to dabble, but if you’re going to be serious about writing, you have to make the time each day to write.
I’ll keep you updated tomorrow on how my writing goes today. Until then, start working on your own book and let me know how you’re doing.
Book Writing Challenge – Day 1: The Writing Came Easy!
If you listened to yesterday’s podcast, you know that I’m starting a challenge of writing 1,500 words every day for 30 days. You can listen to the episode here.
Yesterday, I began this challenge. From 4:30 – 5:30 pm, I sat down to write. I pulled out my outline and started chapter 4. Over the course of the hour, the words flew from my mind onto the page. I ended up writing over 2,100 words. I couldn’t believe it, I blew my original goal of 1,500 words.
Writing is fun but it’s also hard work. I know I’m going to have tough days and good days. Yesterday was a good day and the words flowed easily. If you want to take your writing to the next level and you’re tired of dabbling in your writing, I encourage you to take this challenge and write daily, even if it’s 200 words.
John Grisham says if you write just 200 words a day, you’ll have a book just long enough in a year’s time.
I’m excited about my writing adventure today and I’ll update you tomorrow morning on my progress.
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.
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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.
In this week’s episode of The Writer’s Minute, I talk about the dos and don’ts of gender pronouns.
It’s easy to confuse them. Here’s an example, “Jimmy washed his car, shined her chrome and its wheels.” Rather, it should read, “Jimmy washed his car, shined her chrome and her wheels.”
Once we replace the offending pronoun with the same kind, the clearer the sentance becomes. If you do this one thing, your writing will sing like the song it’s meant to be. Remember, just be consistant.