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How To Make Writing Easier: Free Writing Classes

How To Make Writing Easier: Free Writing Classes

Want to make writing easier? Even if you love writing, writing can be a challenge. On bad days, the temptation is to write “tomorrow”. Before you know it, a week’s passed, and you haven’t written a word.

We’re offering free writing classes to make writing easier.

By “writing” we mean anything and everything: fiction, nonfiction, social media content, advertising… For example, I know many writers suffer when they try to write marketing content to promote their books. As you’ll discover, with the right processes, it truly is easy.

In Write More: Free Writing Classes Coming Next Week we said:

Free writing classes, with free reference material, to make writing easier

We’ll work with the writing programs which we’re no longer selling. You’ll download them completely for free, and each week, in the ezine, and here, we’ll create some exercises to help you to get to grips with the material.

In essence: free writing classes, so you can build your skills, make more income, and be a much happier writer.

Consider this. If you learn and USE just one new strategy a week, for  three months, that would make 12 new strategies. Do you think that those 12 would increase your opportunities? I know that they would.

Our first strategy is discovering yourself — how to put yourself into your writing, and write more, more easily. We’ll do that using Authentic Writing: Develop Your Writer’s Voice, And Sell as our reference text.

Your writing will improve too

You don’t need to slave over your writing to write well — discover that you can increase your writing speed, and the quality of your writing too.

You’ll need to subscribe

The free writing classes are for members of our writing groups. You can join here if you’re not already subscribed.

It doesn’t matter what you’re writing; you’ll learn processes and strategies which make writing much easier.

Join us — your receive your first lesson next Tuesday.

Wondering how much time to budget for the classes?

Your free writing class is simple, practical, and powerful. If you have 20 minutes a day over three days, you’re golden.

Eager to get started? Join here.

Writing Process: Words, Words, And More Words

Writing Process: Words, Words, And More Words

I know that consistent production is hard for many writers. So let’s look at a writing process which ensures that you produce more words. This process works for both fiction and nonfiction.

Key: KNOW that you can do it. If you can talk, you can write. I write around 1000 to 1500 words an hour.

If I’m writing fiction, most of that is fairly good, for first draft material. But it’s nevertheless first draft material. It needs editing. If you can only manage 200 words an hour, that’s more than fine. You’ll get faster as you go.

Here’s your basic writing process:

  • Idea generation (know what you’re writing)
  • First draft writing
  • Editing

1. Know what you’re writing when you sit down to write

Never, ever sit down at your computer to write, without knowing what you’re writing, and exactly how much you expect yourself to produce.

Consider your creative self to be the genie in the bottle, if it helps. You need to give your genie orders.

For example, yesterday I needed to do the final edits on a novella. I wanted to publish it yesterday, and I did. I had notes on what I had to cover in the final edit, and I just followed the notes.

This morning I did just 1000 words on a new fiction trilogy. I’d done zero planning, so a lot of my fiction writing time was fiddling around, creating characters. I knew before I started that my goal for that project today was a thousand words, so I wrote them.

To repeat: give yourself instructions. Know what you’re writing before you sit down to write.

2. Get uncomfortable: try Write or Die (your word count per hour will go up)

Every month or two, I use timed writing sessions to force myself to write more words per hour. This is challenging. But it works. You can get too comfortable.

Get uncomfortable. I’ve started using Write or Die 2, because I heard good reports on it, and it keeps stats. Write or Die has two sliders, one for the minutes in your writing session, and the other slider is a word count goal for those minutes.

You don’t need an app. Use a kitchen timer, and set it for a time — half an hour, if you like. Then decide how many words you’ll write.

Forcing yourself out of your comfort zone works. Your productivity will increase.

2. Focus on scenes: write the dialogue first

When you’re writing fiction, focus on scenes.

Here’s how to write scenes:

  • Decide on the goal you want for a scene. What changes? What emotion do you want?
  • Write the scene’s first line;
  • Write the scene’s last line;
  • Write the dialogue between the first and last line;
  • Go back and fill in the extras: emotions, characters’ thoughts, movements, and so on.

The above process works for me, because once you’ve got the dialogue, everything follows from that. I tend to worry too much about characters’ emotions and thoughts. I put in too much, and slow myself — and the scene — down.

Focus on your scenes, and write the dialogue first: try it. You’ll write more, and more easily.

Have fun. 🙂

Ebook Dominance: sell more copies of your ebooks, every day

Ebook Dominance: Market and SELL Your Ebooks In Just 15 Minutes A Day

Discover the marketing secrets of bestselling authors — you can market in minutes, from the comfort of your sofa…

How would you feel if your sales doubled, then tripled — and then YOU hit the Kindle hot sellers’ lists?

Ebook Dominance helps you to turbocharge your marketing, and sell more ebooks today.

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Earn while you learn, with Angela’s Writing Classes..

Power Up Your Writing: Just Write

Power Up Your Writing: Just Write

If you want to turn your writing — whether you’re writing books or something else — into a full-time career, there’s a huge pitfall you MUST avoid.

It’s this.

When your writing doesn’t work (or sell) — write anyway

You know that I’m always encouraging you to write, write, write, because when you do that, you will improve. You’ll sell, and then you’ll sell more, because you’ll know that it’s all about the time you spend writing.

Important: it doesn’t matter what you’re writing, Markets go up and down. Business is always cyclical, just like the rest of your life.

The only writing “trick” you’ll ever need to develop a satisfying career

Think of your writing as… writing.

It’s all just writing. If you’re looking for tricks, you may find them, and if you devote too much time to a trick it could be disastrous, because everything ends. What sold yesterday may not sell tomorrow. That’s OK. It doesn’t mean you stop writing.

Markets always change

Way back in the late 1990s, during the dot com boom, I was writing tech articles for magazines. It was a golden age, and it shut down FAST. From one day to the next. Everything was rolling along, and then it rolled right over the edge of a cliff.

For many writers, ebooks have rolled over a cliff too. Because they focused on tricks, rather than on writing. Apropos ebook sales declining, from Business Musings: The Hard Part:

”It always comes down to writing a lot of good material, be those serials or linked short stories or large novels. Fans like what fans like, and will follow those series or those writers as long as the entire project remains fresh.”

Kris Rusch’s article about the “troughs” of writing is spot-on. Your writing career goes up and down. This is also known as the “feast or famine” syndrome of the writing life. Take heart. Famines always end, just as the feasts do. The only trick to making consistent money writing is knowing that after a famine comes another feast, during which you prepare for the next famine.

When the dot com boom went bust, I pumped up my copywriting business, and kept writing.

Keep writing: diversify now

I’ve always been a “writer”. Rather than classifying myself as a novelist (as I did when I started writing), or a copywriter, or a magazine writer, or a blogger… or anything else, I just kept writing.

Over the years, that’s paid off. I’ve always got another string to my bow. I encourage my students to diversify too. Just keep writing.

Write what you WANT to write

Recently, a reader told me she wanted to know what to make the “most money” in writing. Although I was tempted to respond with the old “ransom notes” gag, I suggest that she write what excited her most. She’s a new writer, but that advice works for professionals too. Go where your energy is. If you force yourself to write something, and hate it, it will be the hardest money you ever earn.

You have the power: it’s writing. Use it

I always tell my students that their writing will take them wherever they want to do. I’ve just published How To Win YOUR Writing Game on the freelance blog. You will find it useful. It’s always Self 1 which gets in the way of doing — Self 2.

When you integrate both Self 1 and Self 2, you’ll win the writing game. Our new program, Authentic Writing 2015, will help.

Win your writing game: make winning automatic

Writing Process: Authentic Writing

Everything you need to win the inner game is packed into Authentic Writing 2015. It includes two programs you’ll love, my Top 70 Writing Tips — essential to making winning automatic, and our upcoming Journal Dynamite workshop. (Your entree to the workshop is included free.)

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