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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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3 Steps To Write A Book With The “8 Hours” Strategy

3 Steps To Write A Book With The “8 Hours” Strategy

Looking for a side hustle? Self-publishing is hot, so perhaps you’ve decided to write a book. Sadly, books can take months and years to write.

What if you could write a book within hours?

Can you write a book in eight hours?

We’ve just released a brand new training program to help you to write your book within hours: 8 Hour Ebooks Video Training.

Once you learn the process, you can use it to create anything you like.

To give you an overview, let’s look at the steps you take.

1. Decide on your audience: what do they need?

Before you do anything else, even before you go idea hunting, it’s vital to consider your audience, and what your audience needs.

A tip. To make creation easier, and cut down on the research needed, the audience you choose should be much like you. Although it’s possible to relate to almost anyone, getting familiar with an audience you don’t know takes time. In eight hours, most of your effort goes into creation, rather than research.

Once you’ve chosen your audience, think about what your audience wants and needs. If you’re writing nonfiction, what challenges do they have?

On the other hand, perhaps you’re writing fiction — a short story, novella, or a serial — in your eight hours. With fiction, you consider your audience too. You want to entertain them, so think about what movies and TV your audience watches. What books do they read?

2. Develop the framework for your project, and write

A “framework” is an outline, but it’s much more, too. With the right framework for your book, you’ll zoom through your project quickly.

As well as helping you to develop a framework for your project, 8 Hour Ebooks Video Training helps you to write fast and well.

3. Create your cover image — and SELL

You can hire a designer, or buy a premade cover design, if you like. However, 8 Hour Ebooks Video Training shows you how to create a pro-quality book cover in minutes, for free.

While hiring a designer is wonderful, the hiring comes with costs, not only in money, but also in time. When you know how to design a good cover quickly, you save on both money and time.

Get started on your 8 Hour project today

8 Hour Ebooks Video Training covers everything you need. And as a bonus, personal coaching is included too. I look forward to writing with you. 🙂

Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

Blurbs Sell Your Books: Craft Irresistible Blurbs, And Sell More Fiction And Nonfiction Today

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You can, when you discover the secrets of writing blurbs (book descriptions) which sell.

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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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5 Productivity Tips: Avoid Distractions And Write More

5 Productivity Tips: Avoid Distractions And Write More

In our Team Up writers’ sessions, we’ve been discussing productivity, and our biggest challenges in writing more.

Productivity is a challenge for most authors. We can be busy, without being productive — we write and write, but we can’t seem to meet our deadlines.

Productivity: focus and write more

The biggest challenge? Distractions. No one in the group found concentration and focus easy. However, without focus, there’s little chance that we’ll write as much as we could.

Of course, some things are more distracting that others. It’s hard to turn off your phone; it’s a little easier to avoid Facebook. Various apps help you to avoid distractions, but goals work better, so that’s our first tip.

1. Set overall goals and daily goals for your project (Scrivener, and other writing apps help)

Scrivener makes it easy to set word count goals for a project, as well as for each writing session. Ulysses offers a similar feature; I know that other apps do too. Check the Help files of your favorite writing app.

When you know that you need to write a certain number of words in your session, you avoid Facebook and similar distractions until you’re done.

2. Sit down in a chair, open the document you need, and write 50 words

The hardest part of writing is getting started. So, as the old saying goes — place your butt in your chair.

Then write 50 words. You can write 50 words even on your worst day, when you have a blinding headache.

Keep up this process until it becomes a habit — it’s easier if you schedule your sessions, and sit down in the same place every day.

3. Handwrite or dictate your first draft (or choose a writing method that’s fun for you)

Few things are scarier than a blank computer screen.

Get some words onto the screen, any way you can. I either handwrite or dictate my first drafts.

On days when I’m feeling resistant to writing, I handwrite several pages. It helps that I have a fountain pen addiction, and enjoy writing with pens. Think about what you enjoy when it comes to getting those initial words.

I know one writer who writes her first drafts on her phone. She’s very productive, writing several books a year. I couldn’t write on my phone, but it works for her.

4. Know what you intend writing each day before you sit down

Not an idea in your head? Yep, this happens to me too.

However, over the years, I’ve learned to avoid this disaster by outlining several scenes ahead. For me, and for other writers too, this scenario, in which you’re trapped like a deer in the headlights, leads to procrastination… and your productivity dies.

By nature I’m a pantser. I’m happy to start writing when I know the basic story question of a novel, and my main characters. Then I create a mind map or two, and a rough outline of the next four or five scenes.

Unfortunately on some days I realize that — oh no… I’ve nothing outlined. My mind maps suddenly seem dreary and uninspiring.

On those days, I drop back two or three chapters. I reread those chapters, and then I’m good to go — I’ve got inspiration for the next several scenes.

If I’m in a panic because I know that I need a major plot twist (if the midpoint’s coming up, for example, and I realize that I haven’t laid the foundation for it); I might go back to the beginning of the novel, and reread until I’m inspired again.

5. Back yourself to success: no one else will, until YOU do

Without a doubt, the biggest productivity killer for authors is a lack of confidence. Sadly, self-confidence ebbs and flows. No matter how many books you’ve written, every book is a new experience.

One way to gain self-confidence (maybe the only way) is to back yourself. After all, no one else will, if you don’t.

Backing yourself is a decision. I’ve no idea how an author gets to the point where he makes the decision: I will succeed.

Whenever I’ve asked an author when he decided that he’d back himself to succeed, he said something like:

  • “I don’t know…” (sounding surprised);
  • “I decided that I would succeed, no matter what…”
  • “I got sick of my doubts — so I decided to ignore them…”

Decide to back yourself. You don’t need anyone’s validation. It’s your decision, and you need to make it for real productivity.

Onward. Happy writing. 🙂

Discover how to sell more books every day (in just 15 minutes a day)

You love writing books, but marketing them is a challenge. You’re not sure what works. You do know that you would sell more if you had a strategy for writing, publishing and marketing…

Here you go: Ebook Dominance: Market and SELL Your Ebooks In Just 15 Minutes A Day.

Selling Writer Strategies
Short Fiction Secrets: How To Write And Sell Short Stories

Short Fiction Secrets: How To Write And Sell Short Stories

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Want to write short stories? If you answered yes, that's excellent… Here's why. Today, you can make money writing short fiction.

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Cash In On Article Writing: Selling Writer Strategies 1

Cash In On Article Writing: Selling Writer Strategies 1

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Want to build a great writing career? If you're a writer today, you can: work the hours you choose; work anywhere you like; write (almost) what you like; AND make as much money as you like. There's no ceiling on your income. A great writing career can start with simple articles. Here's why. Marketing today is all about content, and content means words, and those words are often in the form of articles. Wordsmiths have it made.

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Plot Hot-Selling Fiction The Easy Way

Plot Hot-Selling Fiction The Easy Way

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How To Write Novels And Short Stories Readers Love: You're about to discover the easiest, fastest, and most fun plotting method ever. You can use it for all your fiction, whether you're writing short stories, novellas or novels. Take control of your fiction now, and publish more, more easily.

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Master Fiction Writing: Craft A Novel in 31 Days

Master Fiction Writing: Craft A Novel in 31 Days

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Genre: Writing
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You want to write a novel. Perhaps you can't get started. Or maybe you got started, and then you stopped.You need a plan, broken down into easy steps. This program began as a 30-day challenge which I organized for readers in 2010. Hundreds of writers joined the challenge and completed it. They wrote novels.

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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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Plan, Write, And Publish Serial Fiction In Four Weeks

Plan, Write, And Publish Serial Fiction In Four Weeks

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Why write serial fiction?

Everyone's busy today. A serial is by its nature, faster to write, and publish, than a novel.

It's a quicker read too, and many readers appreciate this. While a reader may hesitate before committing hours to a novel, he can read an episode of your serial in minutes.

If you’re a new author, a serial serves to introduce you to readers. A reader may not be willing to commit to a novel by a new author, but be willing to read an episode of a serial.

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Planning And Writing A Hot-Selling Series: Selling Writer Strategies, Book 7

Planning And Writing A Hot-Selling Series: Selling Writer Strategies, Book 7

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When you write in series, you're giving yourself more chances to sell with every novel you write.

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