Write It, Work It, Publish It™

I just wrote a book, but don’t go out and buy it yet, because I don’t think it’s finished yet.
— Lawrence Welk


As always, the end of the first month of the New Year ends as quickly as the holiday season. And so too, do lofty goals and New Year resolutions set by many of you. Actually, statistics show that by January 15, most New Year resolutions are a distant memory.

I can generally tell from the voluminous calls and emails I get from people at this time of the year that are eager to get started on their writing, or resurrect a manuscript they have yet to finish. Then they fade into oblivion until the next year.

Time has taught me that many of you are not properly prepared for the task of writing; hence you lapse back into thinking about writing instead of doing it. Because you jump in blind and don’t have an organized and well thought-out plan, of course, you become overwhelmed. You will be more productive if you sit down to write with a plan in place.

I’d Love to say that I would much rather spend my time with those who have made a commitment to get on with the job of writing instead of those who are digging their heads in quick sand. But, I have been there, so I understand. I understand that it takes a great deal of mental energy and effort to face a new undertaking. As such, I will strive here to motivate and inspire you with 6 tips to get you back to your goals.

Focus on what you want to write

Get your head sorted by clearing your mind of unwanted clutter. Get a clean writing pad and write down all the wonderful ideas that are dominating your thoughts. Highlight those ideas that jump out at you. On another piece of paper, rewrite your highlighted list, only this time, write down the ones that you believe have legs, as we say in the journalist industry, meaning those ideas that you can build and expand upon. Call them ‘Priority.’ In essence, you are prioritising ‘Priority. Take your time and focus to make sure you are excited about your ‘Priority’ list. Being enthused about writing on a topic is a great motivator and this will lead you to action. Now, select your first idea/topic and make that your goal to start and finish.

Find your comfort zone

Find a comfortable place to write. It could be the kitchen table, or a café; be comfortable.

Write every day

Commit to writing every day, whether it’s one sentence, twenty pages, or research notes. Getting into this habit will unleash your creativity, make you accountable and productive.

Associate with like-minded people

Writing has its place and time, but don’t neglect other writing communities, forums, blogs, workshops or other social networking mediums. Associating with like-minded people online is a great resource and can enhance your writing.

Study the craft of writing

Attend writing groups (or create one) and frequent writing workshops to learn the craft of writing. Set a goal to attend a writer’s conference.

Get feedback

We writers have a hard time sharing our works. We hug it like a new born baby, because it’s so… personal, but it’s so much smarter to have your work in progress critiqued. This is where that writing group or writing workshop can come in quite handy. Some of the criticism may be harsh, but it’s part of your learning curve. Take it on the chin, and rewrite, rewrite, rewrite.

In order to be successful as a writer, and indeed, in every aspect of your life, requires levels of discomfort and inconvenience. Like it or lump it, sacrifice is necessary. So the sooner you accept that inconvenience and discomfort are part of the equation, or rather, the building blocks of success, meaning get into the habit of doing things that you may not like to do, the sooner you will accomplish all the goals you set.

Now, motivation and inspiration is a great help, and you can get them in many forms and fashions, and from many people around you. However, it is only when you take action that you will write that book right out of your head!

Write It, Work It, Publish it!

© 2010 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.


Comments on: "Thinking About Writing Instead of Writing? 6 Steps to get you Started" (5)

  1. I am constantly searching for valuable information and wisdom and this is it. Currently Im writing my first book and by planning ahead and setting goals, I’m actually having a pretty good time writting. Thoughts and ideas are flowing. Thanks, if this is your normal I’ll be back.

    • Well, hi there, nice to meet you, and glad you found the article informative.

      Congratulations on writing your book. How refreshing to hear you are enjoying the process. Most find it ‘hard’ (I’m beginning to dislike that word);)

      Have you signed up for my free Special Report – Discover The 3 Simple Steps That Will Help You Start And Finish Your Book’? I think you will find it useful. In addition, you will receive my free 7-day mini course, ‘The 7 things to research before submitting your manuscript proposal’ and automatic subscription to my monthly ezine that you just missed by 1 day! This article is in it any way. You can subscribe at: http://www.writetasticsolutions.com

      Please let me know if I can help in any way, and you have a Writetastic weekend!

  2. Thank you very much. You have been very helpful.

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