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Achieve Your Writing Goals, Even If You’re Not Doing NaNoWriMo

Achieve Your Writing Goals, Even If You’re Not Doing NaNoWriMo

Want to achieve your writing goals? NaNoWriMo can be a good first step, because the 50K-words-in-30-days process teaches you to produce. I suspect that for many writers, that will be the greatest benefit of NaNoWriMo. You can’t achieve your goals without action.

Not every writer wants to write a novel by doing NaNoWriMo of course. However, you can still put the “write every day” process into action.

In my first decade as a writer, I did a lot of writing exercises to build my writing muscles. From memory, the first edition of the Top 70 Writing Tips: Write More, Improve Your Writing, And Make More Money, which includes many of the exercises, was released in 2009. Over the years, the program has grown.

ACT to achieve your writing goals

When I started writing, just like every other writer, I had lots of bad habits. The worst was procrastination… 🙂

Needless to say, this didn’t endear me to publishing and magazine editors. I pulled myself together by doing writing exercises, each and every day, for 365 days a year. I made a commitment to myself: I didn’t have to work on my paid writing projects if I didn’t want to. However, I had to do at least ONE writing exercise a day.

Baby steps: consistency is key

As you might imagine, it was a challenge to go from someone who thought that you had to be “inspired” to write, to someone who just wrote, no matter what.

Here’s the thing. I soon discovered that inspiration comes from action. I got more and better ideas when I was writing, rather than thinking about writing.

I know that many writers have a big challenge: self-doubt. Here’s an excerpt from the Top 70 Writing Tips: Write More, Improve Your Writing, And Make More Money to help you to eliminate your doubts.

(Excerpt) 11. Turn off Your Internal Editor, and Just Write

Writing is thinking on paper. It’s more effective than ordinary thinking, because when you write you use both left and right brain. When you think without writing, your thinking is strictly left-brained, and not as smart.

If you find that when you’re free-writing, or write-thinking, or writing a first draft, your internal editor chirps up with: “that’s rubbish, how could you write that? It doesn’t make sense. You can’t write that, you must be brain-damaged” you need to turn OFF your internal editor.

Here’s how. Imagine a dumpster. Now imagine your internal editor. Kick your editor into the dumpster and slam down the heavy lid.

You don’t need your editor until you have something on paper, or on the computer screen that you want to revise. And even when you’ve invited your internal editor to help with your revision, you don’t need carping. Warn your editor that if he makes rude or unkind remarks, he goes back in the dumpster!

(Note: this imaginative exercise works. Try it.)

Exercise 11: Find an Image of a Dumpster

Go to Google Images and find an image of a dumpster.

There’s a mile of them. Find one which resonates with you, and download the image to kickstart your imagination.

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Angela Booth’s Top 70 Writing Tips: Write More, Improve Your Writing, And Make More Money

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Writing Nonfiction Ebooks When You Don’t Know What to Write

Writing Nonfiction Books When You Don't Know What to Write

You’re considering writing nonfiction ebooks for the Kindle. We discussed that in Kindle publishing, you can write something once, and sell it forever. Experienced writers always have stacks of material on their hard drive which they can use to write many nonfiction ebooks, quickly.

But what if you’re a new writer? You don’t have a stash of material you can publish. You’d love to self-publish, so how do you get started?

Writing Nonfiction Ebooks: Easy Ideas

Getting started is easy. Let’s look at the easiest way you can develop ideas: just focus on your readers. Your readers are all-important. Focus on them, and you’ll make sales.

Here’s a fast way to brainstorm ideas by focusing on readers.

  1. Choose a topic.
  2. Is your reader new to the topic? Write introductions to your topic. What challenges will this reader experience? Examine pitfalls.
  3. Is your reader experienced in the topic? What could he do more quickly and less expensively? Share insider secrets.

Brainstorm Ideas for Each Group of Readers

Let’s say you chose the topic: healthy cooking for non-cooks. You selected the topic because it speaks to your life experience. You have two young children and a busy life. You know that nutrition is all-important, and the easiest way to make sure that your family’s eating well is to cook yourself.

To get started, you divide your readers into several groups:

  • Readers completely new to cooking — they have no experience in shopping and cooking at all;
  • Readers who have some experience in cooking, but no experience in healthy cooking;
  • Readers who want to cook healthy food for children;
  • Readers who need to lose weight and want to learn to cook healthy meals which will help them to slim down.

Once you’ve segmented your readers in this way, it’s easy to write ebooks which will appeal to your audience. The more you can target a specific group of readers, the more easy your ebooks will be to write… and the more copies of each ebook you’ll sell.

Vital Tip: Don’t Brainstorm in Your Head, Write It Down

Writing always begets writing. Once you’ve found a topic, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can brainstorm ideas. Just write everything down. 🙂

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Writing a Bestseller in Nonfiction: Get a Hook

You’re writing a bestseller in nonfiction – you hope it will be a bestseller, and you’ve got your fingers crossed. Forget about luck. If you pick the right hook, your book will sell.

I talked about the importance of hooks here, and I can’t emphasize your HOOK enough. If you want your book to sell, and sell well, your hook is everything.

Your hook gets attention: it’s the first thing people read

When I’m working with my ghostwriting clients, we look at the hook first, before anything else. In a real sense, when you’re writing nonfiction, and fiction too for that matter, your hook is all that counts.

Check out Amazon’s top nonfiction books of the month. Each and every one of the them has a hook, otherwise it wouldn’t be there. Your hook gets attention, and ideally, it targets a specific audience.

What’s your hook?

When I’m discussing hooks with writing students, we look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Years ago, an editor said to me: “Write about diets and dating, and you’ll sell.” She’s right. Diets (physiological) and dating (love/belonging) are vital needs.

Think about where your book’s subject matter fits in Maslow’s hierarchy.

Let’s say you’re writing a book about job-hunting. Your topic fits into safety needs, which is the second highest need. You could create a brilliant hook out of that.

Self-publishing? Put your hook in your book’s title

Occasionally a student will try to cream his book’s title with keywords. I suggest that he leave the keywords for his description, and also use them as they’re meant to be used, in the keyword tags. As Amazon indicates, don’t use keywords which repeat: “Information covered elsewhere in your book’s metadata—title, contributor(s),  category, etc.”

Your title is the first thing people read. It may be the only thing they read. So put your hook in the title, rather than cramming it with keywords. If you hook enough readers, you’ll have a bestseller.

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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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