Enjoy a Happy Writing New Year with the Just Write it! Series
To borrow from the Nike People, this New Year has inspired me to Just Write it! And that is exactly what I am doing. I have promised myself and my subscribers to share my writing secrets! The reality is, I have not made it a priority to write a weekly blog! So the Just Write it! Series is my New Year’s Resolution. If your New Year’s resolution is to write or to write more, the Just Write It! Series is especially for you.
I have designed the Just Write it! Series to help new (and not-so-new) writers break through false impressions, procrastination, writer’s block, life’s distractions, personal insecurities, and perfectionism. I have faced these obstacles and still managed to write and publish 14 books in the past 6 years! In my role as writing and publishing coach I have also guided new writers to publish some 92 books during that time. I share my tricks, secrets, and fresh approaches for you to become a successful writer and published author in the Just Write it! Series. Feel free to make comments or questions below for further help and support.
How to Write between the Cracks of Life
Newer writers often envision a false impression of what a real writer looks like and acts like. We have all seen the stereotypical reporter on television and movies, which has influenced us with a certain idea about how to write. Maybe you imagine that a real writer sits down at a typewriter (now a laptop) and writes for 12 hours straight (or even all night). In my experience, this is the exception and not the rule. What you are most likely seeing is a reporter, who has done weeks or months of research and needs to finish the article the night before the deadline. People who work for periodicals, television, or online magazines are always up against deadlines and must write articles last-minute. These are writers whose day job is writing–but bear in mind not all writers write for a living.
True enough, many times I was super-inspired to write and resultingly spent multiple 12-hour days doing so. Luckily, I was on a writing sabbatical which supported that particular writing madness. But for the most part writing occurs between the cracks of life, my writing included. A friend of mine who was a best-selling author for one of her 14 published books, wrote as she describes it, “between the cracks of life.” For her, this meant an hour before work, half an hour a few days a week at lunch, and maybe several hours on the weekend, 3 or 4 pages at a time. Once you capture a vision of the book or article you are writing, and put together a rough outline (or not); writing 1-3 pages at a time is a very easy task.
Create Your Own Style
As a writer, adopt your own style. Do not let a writer stereotype keep you from writing because your writing work style does not fit into that writing fantasy. If you truly love to write, you will find your own style, that matches your personal idiosyncracies, scheduling, and work demands. Next week, we’ll be talking about how to overcome procrastination in writing.
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