I am busy preparing to launch my coaching and writing program soon. However, I’d first like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable end to 2009. I hope you are looking forward to 2010 as much as I am!
During the course of the year, I’ve had the pleasure of working with many of you as I coached and, or edited your books. I’ve also shared thoughts, hints and tips that I know, from your emails and testimonials have benefitted you. I’ve developed friendships that I also know will continue for a long time. In addition, I’ve met a few of you personally and enjoyed our time together. So second, I’d like to thank you for trusting me with your work(s) and tell you it has been a privilege working with you. Yeah, I know I’m corny, but it’s from the heart:)
Third, I’d like you to sit back, curl your feet and take a sip of whichever beverage takes your fancy, and imbibe the following tips that will assist you in realizing your writing dream in 2010.
If you want to be a Writer, you must be prepared
If you want to be a Writer, you must be properly prepared with your approach. I personally do not see writing as ‘hard work.’ Yes, it takes conscious effort and energy to think and write, but if you have a proper strategy in place, it becomes a challenge rather than hard work. As such, here are some tips on how to prepare for the task of writing.
- Once you’ve decided on your idea, it’s time to develop it.
- To develop your idea, you need to research. Brainstorm what angle/shape your book will take, what is the theme, where is the setting, outline your plot and sub plot, create profiles for your characters, decide what back-story you will include that will enhance the plot etc. If need be, go to the library, read similar books to get your creative mind in gear. Create a chart, vision board, or any other physical element that is relative to the story.
- Next, create a plan/strategy on how you will approach your writing. Will you write fifteen minutes each day or 1 hour? Will you write 1, or 2 pages each week? Will you write in the mornings, evenings, during your coffee/lunch break? If you’re writing a non-fiction book, will you have to fit time in to interview people, research places, collate facts and, or case studies. It’s essential to have a strategy in place to achieve your writing goal.
- Action your plan/strategy i.e. start writing.
- Measure your writing – are you where you should be according to your strategy. You may have gone on holiday or due to circumstances beyond your control, you were unable to keep up. By measuring, you are able to keep tabs that will steer you back on track should you meander. What gets measured, gets managed –Peter Drucker
If you want to be a Writer, you must Write
If you want to be a writer, you must write frequently. That is, write every day, whether it’s on a particular project, your blog, comments, emails, newsletter etc. the practice of constantly writing daily will hone your skills. The simple motion of putting pen to paper, or keystrokes on your computer will strengthen your resolve to get your book done.
If you haven’t yet downloaded my free Report, ‘Discover The 3 Simple Steps That Will Help You Start And Finish Your Book’, I urge you to do so here. In the Report, I note many areas where you can find content you can use in your writing.
Have a Writetastic 2010 and make it the year you realize your writing dreams.
© 2009 Cherry-Ann Carew
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