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Write A Novel: How To Write What You Really Want To Write

Write A Novel: How To Write What You Really Want To Write

What if you want to write a novel, but you’re frightened of the struggle?

Several months ago I coached a novelist who was terrified of beginning another novel. She’s written three novels, and is pleased with the sales, but couldn’t face writing another.

“I want to write, but I can’t,” she said. “I’ve been putting off starting for six months. Maybe I should give up, and write a nonfiction book?”

Write a novel from your heart: what do you REALLY want to write?

Writers write. Writing may not always be comfortable, and at times you wish you were doing something else — anything else. Sooner or later however you realize that writing is just something you do, and you’re happier writing than not writing.

So, I asked the novelist to dig into her subconscious to discover what she really wanted to write. What if she kept a dream journal for a week?

Dream journal to access your creative self

Your creative self is part of you; a powerful part. If you’re not writing, chances are that your creative self is putting blocks in your way.

A dream journal is a simple way mine your subconscious mind, and uncover your creative blocks.

Funny story. A few years back a client commissioned me to create a plan for a series of horror novels, with the main characters, and the first three books in the series plotted out. He was targeting the Young Adult market.

Problem: generally speaking, I avoid horror stories. My favorite horror tale is Casting The Runes, by M.R. James.

So, I decided that I’d better leave generating ideas to my subconscious. I kept a journal beside my bed, and each night, I imagined myself waking up in the morning, with the perfect idea for a horror series.

This worked rather too well. (I’ve often thought that the subconscious mind has a sense of humor.) For the two months I that worked on the series, I’d wake up at least three times a week, shaking from a nightmare. It got so bad that I slept with the light on.

I’ve used dream journaling since, without any drama, so I’ve no idea why the nightmares occurred. 🙂

A dream journal exercise to help you to write a novel you really want to write

The dream journal exercise is simple. Before you go to sleep, write in your journal: “I need a plot for a story that I’d love to tell.”

When you wake up, scribble a sentence or two about any dreams you remember. Keep your notes brief, there’s no need to analyze your dreams, you’re just nudging your creative self.

If you wish, and if you enjoy drawing, draw or paint any images from a dream.

The blocked novelist I was coaching started writing a new novel three days after she began dream journaling, so that process worked for her. I chatted to her after Christmas, and she’s still using her dream journal. She says that the process has helped her in many areas of her life.

Resistance is common when you write a novel

“Resistance” is the feeling that you want to write, but you can’t. Unfortunately, resistance is common when you’re writing a novel.

Here’s the thing — it doesn’t matter why you’re resisting writing. You don’t need to know why. You just need a way to prime the pump of your creativity again. Try journaling, dream journaling, or even bullet journaling — the process may work for you too.

Yes, You’re Creative: How To Unlock Your Imagination And Build The Writing Career Of Your Dreams

Yes, You’re Creative: How To Unlock Your Imagination And Build The Writing Career Of Your Dreams

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Writing Success Secrets: How To Conquer Self Doubt, And Achieve Your Writing Goals, Starting Today

Writing Success Secrets: How To Conquer Self Doubt, And Achieve Your Writing Goals, Starting Today

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Today, the opportunities for writers have never been greater. Back in the day a writer who was making six-figures a year seemed a creature of myth. These days, highly successful writers are making six figures a month.

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Write And Sell Nonfiction Books: Hot-Selling Trends

Write And Sell Nonfiction Books: Hot-Selling Trends

I often get this question about writing nonfiction books: “But what will I write about?”

Usually, I respond with something like: “write about what you enjoy — as long as that’s something that will sell.”

Writing nonfiction books on current trends

One of my favorite ways of finding topics is exploring trends. It’s far from guaranteed that a book you’ll write about a current trend will sell, of course. But if it does, and if you’re one of the first people to write books on the topic, you’ll make good sales.

Let’s look at some tips which will help you to become aware of what’s trending.

1. Explore social media for the latest trends and fashions

You can use social media networks to discover trends. Most of the networks have a “trending now” feature.

You can use social media networks to discover trends

Of all the social media networks, Pinterest is the most focused on fashion and trends. Here’s Pinterest’s predictions on what will trend in 2019:

It’s that time of year again—welcome to your sneak peek into the official 100 Pinterest trends for 2019! Pinterest is its own positive corner of the internet, where more than 250 million people around the world come to discover new ideas to try.

2. Amazon: the global marketplace, ranked and reviewed

Amazon offers its bestsellers which are updated hourly.

Amazon offers its bestsellers which are updated hourly

Click a department link in the left sidebar, as in the image above, and you’ll discover the top sellers in each department.

3. eBay: discover what people are searching for most

eBay offers eBay Trends, which shows you what’s hot right now on the website.

If you’re into hobbies and crafts, it’s worth exploring Etsy.

Consider writing nonfiction books for sellers on the big online retailers

Here’s something to keep in mind. Millions of people sell on Amazon, eBay and Etsy, and hundreds of thousands of people are professional sellers on these mega online shopping sites.

Years ago a client commissioned me to write a series of books for professional sellers on eBay and Amazon. Those books sold well. So, if you’re currently selling on Etsy, why not compile a book of your favorite tips and tricks?

Speed counts when you’re writing nonfiction books on trending topics

As you may know, with nonfiction books I’m all about speed. Check out Nonfiction Ebooks Goldmine for more.

Nonfiction Ebooks Goldmine: Write and Sell Nonfiction Ebooks In 24 Hours Or Less

Nonfiction Ebooks Goldmine: Write and Sell Nonfiction Ebooks In 24 Hours Or Less

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You're a writer. You need to make money from your words. What if you could create AND sell a nonfiction book in just a day?

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Yes, You’re Creative: How To Unlock Your Imagination And Build The Writing Career Of Your Dreams

Yes, You’re Creative: How To Unlock Your Imagination And Build The Writing Career Of Your Dreams

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Writing More: 3 Essential Strategies To Write Your Book

Writing More: 3 Essential Strategies To Write Your Book

Whatever happened in 2018, the year’s almost over. A new year offers a new beginning, so perhaps you’re thinking of what you’ll do differently next year. One of my students has decided that she’ll focus on writing more in 2019.

She’s making that her primary New Year’s resolution, because she wants to write and publish two books in 2019. Her challenge is that she’s struggling to find time.

She asked for some tips to help.

Writing more: habits, time, and enthusiasm

Unfortunately, writing more longterm isn’t just a matter of clearing time in your schedule. If it were simple, you would be doing it already.

To write more, consider:

  • Your current daily habits: do you write every day? Could you develop a writing habit?
  • How much time do you have to write each day, or each week?
  • Can you generate enthusiasm for your writing?

Let’s look at habits, time, and enthusiasm in a little more detail, so that you can build a strategy.

But wait… Are you thinking that “writing more” sounds a lot like working more? You can write way more than you do now, and work less, when you develop a writing habit.

1. Develop a writing habit so that writing more takes less work

Charles Duhigg’s book, The Power of Habit, offers some amazing insights. One insight is this: once you train your brain to do something, you can do that task faster, and with a lot less effort.

Duhigg tells the story of scientists researching what happened to rats which were running a maze. At first, when the rats were unfamiliar with the maze, the rats’ brains lit up completely, all over. The rats were working hard to learn the maze. But things changed once the rats had learned the maze.

As each rat leaned how to navigate the maze, its mental activity decreased. As the route became more and more automatic, each rat started thinking less and less.

It turns out that brains (both rats and human) like to create routines, and habits. These habits are then replayed automatically, using a lot less brainpower and energy.

That’s the reason that you can drive, and arrive somewhere, with no memory of the journey. Your brain has formed a routine for driving that route. It’s become a habit — you no longer need to think about it.

If you want to write more, aim to write every day. Sit down in the same place, at the same time, and write. This routine may seem a challenge initially, but when it becomes a habit, it will be automatic, and not like “work” at all.

2. Make your available time work for you

Writers who’ve gone full-time, and still find consistent writing a challenge, often say that they were more productive when they had a day job.

When you’ve got hours of time, it’s tempting to think “later.”

Whatever time you have to write each day, sit down and write. Ten minutes is enough time — you don’t need to wait until you can spend an hour or two hours writing.

Pack a little writing kit: a notepad and pen. Or write on your phone. Writing in small amounts of time is a habit too, so train yourself to do it until it becomes automatic.

3. Enthusiasm makes writing more possible

When you’re enthusiastic about your writing, it’s easier to sit down and do it.

Enthusiasm tends to ebb and flow. You’re enthusiastic about a project when it’s new. Over time, doubts set in. Enthusiasm fades.

At those times, try to regenerate your enthusiasm. If you’re tired, take a day off. Try approaching your writing in a new way: if you’re writing fiction, write from a different Point of View. If nonfiction, do a little more research.

It’s worth firing your enthusiasm, because enthusiasm brings creativity with it.

Writing more: a habit YOU can develop

Willpower takes energy. Instead of forcing yourself, trying building a writing habit. Once daily writing becomes a habit, you’ll automatically write more.

Try it in 2019 — and Happy New year. 🙂

Step By Step To Fiction Which Sells: Plotting And Scene Magic

Step By Step To Fiction Which Sells: Plotting And Scene Magic

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Your readers want to enter your novel's world. They want to experience your book -- they want to live your book with your main characters.

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Map It: For Writing Success — Fiction And Nonfiction Outlines Made Easy

Map It: For Writing Success — Fiction And Nonfiction Outlines Made Easy

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I developed the tactics and strategies in this book to help myself. My students have found them essential to producing both fiction and nonfiction almost effortlessly.

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