Writing a book is a challenge, you already know that? There’s no running away from it – so much needs to be done: expanding your idea, plotting, researching character names, setting, actual writing, rewriting, editing, etc.
Then there are other essentials outside of the writing process that you need to put in place before you even publish your book, i.e. writing your pitch, synopsis, chapter breakdown, press release – all of these require a different level of writing. Then there’s marketing, more research and on and on.
Overwhelm yet with all the details that are required for the process of writing? And that’s not all. I know. I also know it’s a test of your sanity to keep focused to make everything gel… so much to do, so little focus.
So how do you create a plan of action and stick to it? More importantly, what can you do when you meander away from the plan, because being human, you will, whether due to circumstances beyond your control, or you’re just plain distracted?
How do you do it? How do you pace yourself so that you can get to the finish line? Here are 3 Easy Ways To Fight Off The Minutiae That Surrounds Writing Your Book that will help kick you into gear:
1) First, I invite you to read an article I wrote titled: Thinking About Writing Instead of Writing? 6 Steps to get you Started.
2) It’s common to become fixated on the minutiae for varying reasons. In my experience it’s usually during the planning process where many aspiring writers get bogged down. When this happens, take some time out along with deep breaths then ask:
a) What is blocking my progression?
b) What am I avoiding?
c) Am I fearful that no one would be interested in my book?
d) Most importantly, What do I want to accomplish?
If you know what the problem is you can do something about it. Pinpointing what those blockages are will allow you to move forward.
If you’re still stuck, it’s good to talk. Speak with someone who can relate to what you are working to achieve. It could be a writing coach or a group of like-minded writers or readers. If you are besieged with marketing tasks, farm them out to free yourself from those undertakings that you do not enjoy, or don’t have the time to do so you can focus on your writing. The point is you don’t have to go the journey alone. Get all the help and support you can.
Take note of question ‘d’ – it’s powerful. Once you understand what you intend to achieve from your writing labours, you’ll become inspired and step up your productivity.
3) Continue to trust in your belief that you can do it because you are unique and you have what it takes to get your message out. Whether you are writing to inspire, motivate or entertain, believe that you can, and you will.
Write It, Work It, Publish it!
© 2012 Cherry-Ann Carew
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Cherry-Ann Carew, aka The Power Writing Coach, Editor, Best-selling author and Founder of Writetastic Solutions is passionate about helping aspiring fiction and non-fiction writers bring out their creative expression to write their books. Learn how her coaching and editing services can help you at www.writetasticsolutions.com.