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Stuck in a writing rut? Try these easy exercises to Jumpstart Your Lethargic Juices. And there’s more to come later this month.
Exercise #1 – Just Book It!
Start an “inspiration” notebook. Purchase a bound notebook that’s small enough to carry with you. If necessary, store it in your car. It’s perfect for those occasions when a thought crosses your mind that you don’t want to forget. You can also make use of the “Notes” feature on a smart phone to track your ideas.
Exercise #2 – Talk About It
Here’s a quick fix for getting unstuck. Take out a sheet of paper and write out the topic of your project. Use a tape recorder or use your cell phone’s recording app to talk about the topic. Transcribe your recording and add it to your text.
My favorite use of these exercises is to print them out on card stock and placed one on the cork board near my desk when needed. It’s an easy boost when my hands work better than my brain. Feel free to use them in any manner that works for you.
Make use of these tips to keep your writing flowing. It’s normal to get stuck sometimes; it’s not normal to stay that way.
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You’ll find these and other tips in First Steps and Quick Tips, a part of the Ready to Write Template available on our website.
Authorship is a word you don’t see very often. It’s usually presented in its short form—author. Authorship is used for someone who has written a book.
What exactly is authorship? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it as “a person who has written something; especially, a person who has written a book or who writes many books.” It seems quite simple, doesn’t it? Yet this definition can’t possibly convey the many shades and nuances it takes to be an accomplished author.
The book you create will be completely different from what another author writes. It will be uniquely you! Regardless of how many people have used the same subject or title, your book will still be different. This means there is room for the fresh perspective you bring to the world.
Very soon, your new status will be “Author.” It will encompass all of the skills you bring to drafting your book, such as:
The finished product doesn’t always reflect the time and dedication put into a writing project. How could it? There’s no measurement for passion or devotion. Yet you wouldn’t have it any other way.
Authoring a book takes courage. It takes commitment and a desire to reach the finish line. Anyone can quit but only the committed brings the project to the expected end. It takes commitment to go from a blank page to a manuscript, regardless of the time investment.
Writing a book can be a delightful yet complex journey. You’ll want to commit to the writing process from start to finish. The finished product—the completed manuscript—is what seals the deal.
Don’t just write… take time to smell the roses. Don’t rush the process. Don’t get bogged down with in any one chapter. Keep moving. There’s more ground to be covered so take a deep breath and dig in.
This excerpt is taken from “Publish Your First Book NOW! available at Amazon.com.
Image by © Jose Luis Pelaez, Inc./Blend Images/Corbis
Every author has a place that inspires great writings. On a good day, the office does it for me. My desk faces the east window. When it’s cleaned off, it’s a perfect workspace. In addition, the early morning chatter of the birds creates a serene setting. It gets even better if I can make the early rising (5 am) and start off with a favorite cup of herbal tea (Tazo’s Passion or Wild Sweet Orange are favorites).
If I need a getaway, I plan a day at a friend’s office. Several of them have conference rooms that offer an inspiring space as well as quiet. Other colleagues have empty offices that I use on occasion. Once we set the ground rules (not visiting except as agreed upon), I find it quite easy to pen a few thousand words.
Occasionally, the public library provides a place of solitude and quiet. Planning ahead is often rewarded by my choice of meeting rooms within the facility.
What about you? Where do you find inspiration? Share your favs with us and I’ll list them in a future post.