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Be A Confident Writer: 5 Strategies

Be A Confident Writer: 5 Strategies

Want to be a confident writer? Confidence is a mindset, a mental switch if you like, so any writer can be more confident.

Confidence has real benefits:

  • You believe in yourself, so you’ll write, rather than procrastinate. Confident writers know that once you’ve written something, you can sell it, and there are always multiple ways in which you can do that;
  • You’ll enjoy writing more;
  • You’ll get better ideas: you won’t be afraid to tackle big ideas; and
  • Chances are that you’ll make more money from your writing.

Let’s look at five ways you can become more confident.

1. Make writing the center of your life

Writers are always writing, no matter what else they’re doing.

This is a good thing, because writing takes study, and practice. Writers never stop learning. Not only do you need to learn how to write, you also need to learn about psychology, and business. And a million other things too.

Good writers understand themselves, other people, and life. And they write about what they learn. No matter what happens to them, a small part of their mind is thinking: “how can I use this?”

2. Find writing heroes you can model

What kind of writer do you want to be? Perhaps you want to be a copywriter. Or a novelist. Or a screen writer. Decide what kind of writer you want to be, and find models you can emulate.

3. Commit to enjoyment

Do you enjoy writing? If you don’t enjoy writing, it’s much harder than it needs to be. Discover ways in which you can make writing fun.

For example, let’s say you’re writing series of Internet ads for a copywriting client. You’re not enjoying it. Start a small side project, of writing you do enjoy. You might write a blog, or a short story. While all writing can’t be fun, you should aim to have some part of your writing day devoted to writing you do enjoy.

4. Self-talk your way to success

What you say to yourself matters. If you say: “I can’t finish this project. I have no idea why I started it…” You won’t finish it.

On the other hand, if you say: “I enjoy writing. I will complete this project and publish it”, chances are you’ll do exactly that.

5. Eliminate fears of rejection and failure forever

Why should failure, or success, frighten you? Neither success nor failure will make any difference to what you do each day. You write. Whether you do it in a sumptuous villa in Tuscany, or in a humble shared apartment in the town you grew up in, you write.

Stephen King (or whoever your writing hero happens to be — mine is P.G. Wodehouse) wrote every day. As you do. No matter how many successes or failures you have, they can’t affect your writing, unless you let them.

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Confused About Publishing? Your Future Is Up To You

Death for Mr Big

The world of publishing is changing. It won’t go backwards. Where does that leave you, the author?

If you’re confused, consider this. It leaves you with POWER. Authors have never had it before. What you do with that power is up to you.

Be aware that change is HARD. Publishers don’t like change, and writers don’t care for it either.

Here’s how to end the confusion:

* Figure out where you are;

* Decide where you’re going.

How to work out where you are

Kris Rusch’s The Stages of An Indie Writer is an excellent read. It may help you discover where you are:

1. Denial (Traditional Publishing Version)

The writer refuses to acknowledge that traditional publishing has changed. She refuses to act any differently than she did five or ten years ago, whenever she came into the business. She trusts her agent implicitly (while acknowledging that there are scam agents out there), believes she wouldn’t have a career without the agent’s support, and never reviews her financial statements (often doesn’t even review contracts). She lets her agent market her work, believing there is no other way.

Once you’ve figured out where you are, let’s look at where you’re headed.

Where’s publishing headed? Mark Coker offers 10 trends

Your challenge is that publishing’s changes are on-going. Mark Coker, of SmashWords, offers you 10 Trends Shaping the Future of Publishing.

Here’s his presentation.

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Write Your Book, Even If You’re Blocked

Write Your Book, Even If You're Blocked

The biggest challenge in writing your book is finishing it. Many writers find themselves starting book after book, and for some reason or other, they get blocked. They don’t even realize they’re blocked. They give themselves one excuse after another for not writing, and before they know it, weeks pass.

The result? Another book which will never be published.

I cam across this post on my writing blog’s archives, Angela Booth’s Writing Blog: Get started writing when you’re blocked – roundup. It gives you many ideas for kickstarting your writing:

“* Free writing – this always helps. No expectations. 🙂

* Brain dumps – get it out of your head and onto the computer screen. You may be blocked because you’re trying to do too many things at the same time. Remember to separate planning, writing and editing.

* Try write-thinking – plan it.

* Are you an inspiration addict? Writers write. Inspiration is fickle – and it usually shows up AFTER you start writing, not before.

* Chunk large projects. Whenever I get blocked, it’s always because I haven’t chunked a project right down. You can also chunk tiny projects too.”

Notice we said that Inspiration is fickle – and it usually shows up AFTER you start writing, not before. That’s a big clue.

No matter how great the temptation to procrastinate, and write “tomorrow”, write SOMETHING today, even if it’s just a 50-word bit of dialogue, or a description of the ancient abbey which houses the ghost… A little bit of something on your book, every day, keeps you writing, and sooner or later, inspiration will kick in.

If you have an iPad, try Drafts. You can write anywhere, anytime. Drafts is so easy and quick to use, you’ll no longer have any reason to procrastinate. If I’m stuck on anything, I forget about it until I can get out of the office. Then I think about the problem while I’m shopping, or at the gym. Something always comes to me, and I jot it down in Drafts.

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