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This ‘Demon’ Alone Will Do More Damage to Your Writing than Any Other ‘Villain’

As writers we are often assailed by numerous  false feelings that seem so real that we make them part of our belief system.

These ‘demons’ do more damage to our writing progress than any other obstacle we face in the writing process.

One terrifying demon is voice that tells us that our thoughts and words aren’t important enough to be published.

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Failed at Blogging? 3 Comeback Strategies You Could Put Into Action Now

Have you tried blogging and given up after publishing a few posts? Take heart. You’re not alone.  It’s generally accepted in the blogging world that 95% of blogs started are sooner or latter abandoned.

Listen, there’s no need to pack your bags and steer clear of blogging if your initial efforts have taken you nowhere.

Just because you couldn’t get a blog off the ground, you aren’t a failure. You simply weren’t ready for the game, when you thought you were.

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Don’t Make This Mistake If You Want to Write Faster : Learn from DJs

We would like our work to be as perfect as possible on the first attempt. Sometimes the words come out right. More often than not, they aren’t to our expectations.

We react to the ‘imperfect’ words’ and then set about  changing them.

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Avoiding Distractions: No More Detours in Your Writing Journey

Dive in Immediately
One way to avoid distractions is to dive in when the time to write arrives. Don’t delay even for a few seconds.

While your computer is powering on, you may want to check out a file you see on the desktop screen. Resist the temptation. Better still, have a clear sky screen except for the recycle bin and your word processing program icon.

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5 Myths That Will Guarantee Your Failure As a Writer

Anyone embarking on a writing career is often told what it takes to be a writer. Advice is aplenty. But are they valid?
The thing is if you believe some of them and treat them as gospel truths, you may be shooting yourself in the foot.

Don’t be surprised if you don’t make much progress as a writer and even give up on writing if you give more than a passing glance to these half-truths.

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Turn Up at Your Page With This Daily Goal for Writing Success

Unless you’re writing for fun you should set writing goals to achieve any measure of success in writing.

Here are examples of goals you could set yourself.

If you’re just setting out writing, your goal may be to finish what you write, whether you’re writing stories or articles.

If you’ve articles and stories written, your goal would be to get them published, whether in print or online.

If you have published sporadically, your goal would be publish consistently. You could aim to publish a short read eBook a month.

If you have published short stories and articles, then your target may be to publish a book or novel.

To make writing meaningful and worthwhile, you’ve got to be constantly thinking of the next level you could climb to. A writing life without a goal is like traversing a desert without a compass, leading to disappointment and frustration in the long term.

You must, however, be careful when it comes to setting your goal.  Make a wrong move and you may sabotage or hinder your writing progress.

Here are a few guidelines to observe when setting your next writing goal. .

Don’t Compete With Others
You should not set your goal in such a way to compete with others. If someone you know has achieved more writing success than you, don’t try to outdo the person just to prove a point.

Don’t be jealous of the other person’s success. Instead be inspired by the person and try to learn how the other person got where she is. What’s the system? More often than not, you’ll find that the person got whee she is through hard work and perseverance.

Are you also willing to go the same route, more often than not starting from scratch?

There are no shortcuts to writing success. Everyone has to pay his dues, usually in the form of time and effort. So, don’t treat yourself as someone special and expect success overnight.

Even if you try to you’re bound to meet with failure and give up writing altogether. So, direct competition is not an ingredient you want to include in your recipe for writing success.

Shortcuts to Writing Success 
Good, old hard work seems to have gone out of fashion these days. A good number of people want success as quickly as possible. With such a huge market of such people out there, there is a proliferation of books and other learning materials catering to their desires.

Some books make unrealistic claims of being able to make you a successful writer in the shortest time possible. These claims help sell books. At best they are ear candy designed to give the uninitiated a feel good boost.

Most of these books avoid mentioning hard work and persistence. Simply because they can’t teach these two things. They have to be acquired by the writer on his own.

A good book will remind you of the qualities needed to succeed as a writer and share the author’s writing system.

Choose This Goal That Never Fails You
If you’re to avoid competing with others and shortcuts to writing success, then what goal should you aim for?

Here’s the one that always works. Write according to your capability and keep on with it. Allow yourself time to grow as a writer.

Unrealistic goals will only drive you to give up writing faster.

If your goal is not to give up on writing no matter what, then you’re on the right track.

Aim to show up at the page every day, even if you have only a few minutes to spare.

Aim to try your best to improve every writing day.

Keep this goal close to your heart and you’ll see light at the end of the tunnel in the near future.

“Today I must write a paragraph or a page better than I did yesterday.”  Earnest Gaines

 

Inspiring Quotes on Beating Resistance and Getting Started With Your Writing

The only thing harder than writing is starting to write.” Susan Shaughnessy in Walking on Alligators

No matter how long you’ve been writing, you’ll find that the toughest part is always getting started.

Getting started means putting yourself in the mood to write, which is not easy if you’re tempted by other interesting or less painful things.

Then when you get into the mood, you have to show up at the page. Whether you’re starting a new piece of continuing an existing piece, it takes a great amount of mental strength and courage to just show up at the page.

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This Weapon Will Never Fail You When It Comes to Writing Faster

Would you like to increase your writing speed to the speed of your talking? It’s easy. Write about what you’re passionate about. Write about what you’re knowledgeable about.

You talk faster on topics  that you know or passionate about, whether they make you laugh, cringe, angry or surprised.

Similarly, when it comes to writing, you’ve to choose topics or subjects you’re passionate about so that your excitement will drive you to write faster.

 

Passion Equals Curiosity
Writing about something you’re passionate about doesn’t mean you’ve to be an expert. It means you already know something about the subject, and would not mind exploring it further.

 

In other words, you’re curious about the subject.You already know much. But there’s also much more you would like to know.It’s not enough that you like something. You need to be super excited about sharing it with others. You may like eating but may not be excited talking or writing about it.

 

Curiosity is the Guaranteed to Produce Writing
So, trick is to write about topics you’re curious about.

 

I’m curious about many things. But lately, after starting to write for the web, I have an inclination to find out more about self-publishing digital books.So, here are some questions that often play in my mind.

 

  • Can I earn a full-time income self-publishing digital books?
  • What’s the fastest way for your eBooks to reach your target audience?
  • What systems do prolific eBook writers  use?
  • What techniques can eBook writers learn from pulp writers of the 50s to write faster?

 

Each of this topic could be turned into a whole book.

 

  • How to Earn a Full-Time Income Self-Publishing eBooks without Resorting to Vanity Publishing
  • The Writing Systems of 5 Prolific eBook Writers
  • The Speed Writing Secrets eBook Writers Can Steal from Pulp Fiction Writers

 

As I’m curious about these subjects, I’ll actively look for answers to these questions. The answers will pose more questions and I’ll be diving deeper. The deeper I dive the more ‘pearls’ I’ll be bringing up which I can then later share with readers.

 

So, it’s pertinent to pin down what you’re curious about which will lead you to writing extensively about it.

 

It’s not about what you know. If you’ve been working as a storekeeper for the past twenty-five years and you don’t talk about it although you know a lot about it, it means you’re not curious about about your job. No curiosity means no excitement.
Action Plan
So, in order to write faster, list down the topics you’re curious about.Write down all the questions you would love to have answered, no matter how silly they sound.

Then go all out to find the answers.

 

You will find that it will easier and more fun  to share what you’re curious about with readers who share the same curiosity.

So, focus on what you’re curious about.  You’ll be on the road to writing faster.

 

How Not to Lose Momentum on a Writing Project After Starting It

“I’m pretty disciplined to keep the momentum of a story going by writing everyday, even if it’s only a couple of paragraphs or a page or two.” James Rollins

Recently I had to call a rescue service to move my unused car to another spot. The car had not been driven for many months and the battery had gone weak.

The mechanic who came to jump start the car said, “Don’t stop anywhere and turn off your engine. If you do, you won’t be able to start the car again.”

So, I drove the car, keeping the foot firmly on the gas pedal, taking extra care not to let the engine die especially when I was going up a slope.

Even after I reached my destination, I was not hasty to turn the engine off. I made sure I got a suitable parking spot. Then I turned off the ignition.

As I was walking back home, I thought,”Maybe I should approach writing in the same manner. I shouldn’t turn off the engine until there’s nothing more to do.”

Not that I don’t already have momentum. The first thing I do daily after jumping out from bed is sit down and write. I do this 7 days a week just to keep my writing machine well-oiled. 

 But then I have to keep reminding remind myself to keep rekindling the fire. Why? In the past I had shot myself in the foot by letting  momentum die on some writing projects when the going got tough. All the initial work and effort gone down the drain for want of courage to continue.

If you’ve been writing for a while especially on big projects – novel, play, screenplay – which needs to be worked on over a period of time, you’ll appreciate the need for maintaining momentum.

So, here are some pointers that can assist and inspire you  to keep moving until you see your writing project to completion.

Remind Yourself of The Effort to Get Started

Remind yourself the amount of time you put in to prepare and get started on the project. Are you going to let your hard work go to waste? 

Tell yourself that all you have to do now is keep the engine running by pouring as much fuel as possible into it  the form of words. Never mind if you can’t write pages every day. Just a few paragraphs or a short scene would do on each day if the situation allows it.

Reignite the Initial Spark

It’s easier to maintain momentum if you’re charged up to write. How do you do it?  Play the movie of your excitement when you first started the project. This was when you had no obstacles or blocks to contend with. Imagine you are back in such a state. Done right, it will give you the needed inspiration to maintain the momentum. 

No Excuses

In my experience failing to maintain momentum comes as a result of giving the excuse of having something more important to do. A priority project. As you get sucked into it, you find your self sailing farther and farther away from the  project and then completely losing sight of it.

Then one day when you feel like going to it, you have to make great effort to get started because you’ve completely lost touch with it. Since you have to start from scratch, you find it difficult to get into the flow again.

If you like most writers, you’ll come to the conclusion that it’s not worth spending all the energy on the piece and you decide to give up on it.

Even if you’ve to go away and work something else, keep the project top of mind. Even if you can’t continue, read through it to keep it fresh in your mind. While reading something may click in your mind and lead you to writing.

My Experience

I wrote a 20-page children mystery story a long while ago. When I was on page 17 or so, I stopped writing to concentrate on other projects. 

Now more than a year later, as I seek to complete the series, I find myself being a stranger to the story I’ve written.

Although I have an outline and could have written the remaining three pages in one sitting, I didn’t. It was a terrible mistake. I could have written a paragraph a day and finished it a long time ago.
 
The experience taught me a good lesson – never to let anything hanging even if there’s one page left to conclude the piece. For all of my other projects, I vow to keep the momentum going until a first draft is completed. Then if I lose the momentum, not much harm is done.

So, take a leaf from my experience. Whether your work is going well or not, promise yourself not to lose track of it. Keep at it until its done, no matter how dissatisfied you’re with it. Embrace this challenge and you’re a different breed of writer.

This Simple Tweak Will Dramatically Improve Your Daily Writing Productivity

Don’t have enough time for writing?

If only you weren’t working full time and have family commitments, you would have put much more into  writing, wouldn’t you?

Well, you wouldn’t have,really. The grass is always greener on the other side.

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