Well, 2013 is running out the door and 2014 just weeks away. Have you started that writing project yet? You know, the one you promised yourself this time last year. The book you were definitely going to write in 2013? If you have, well congratulations! If you haven’t, well don’t let 2014 get away from you too. Time for you to kick start your writing career, take control and make a plan for 2014.
Here are my 7 top tips to get you started…and finished.
1: What do you want to write about?
You’ve got to own this decision. Do you want to write an eBook on how to do something? Share knowledge that you have about a topic? Do you want to write a crime thriller? Fantasy? Horror? Erotica? You’ve got to make a decision and own it. Then go for it!
2: You need to create a writing project map
It doesn’t matter wether you a writing fiction or non-fiction you still need a map. You wouldn’t disappear into unknown territories without a map or GPS would you? You’ve got to know where you’re going, how you’re going to get there, wether you’ve got lost and how to get home. Map out your project. If it’s fiction, write a story map. What happens? What happens next? Why does it happen? Need some inspiration? Look at my post about the heroes journey. If you are writing non-fiction, download my free copy of How To Write an eBook in only 30 days.
3: Productive writers have a schedule
If you want to be a writer you’ve got to write every single day. You’ve got to schedule your time effectively. You need to block out a time each day that just works for you and stick at it. Every day. And every day you will get better. With a map in hand and a schedule you will start seeing rapid progress.
4: Creativity has a time of day
We all have times of the day when it’s much easier to be creative then analytical. Look at your own life for guidance. When is your best time for creativity? Is it early in the morning? Late at night? Tap into your creative time. Lock it into your schedule.
5: Start blogging…now!
Every writer needs to have a blog. A blog will do 2 things for you. Blogging regularly means you are writing regularly. The more you write the better you’ll get. It’s a great tool to fend off writers block. Nothing like having a deadline to publish fresh content once or twice a week to keep your writing chops up to task. The other spin-off is you can start to grow and nurture your audience. Doesn’t matter wether you are writing fiction or non-fiction, use the blog to grow your tribe. My friend Bruce Langford, author of Cracking The Success Code, has some great blogging tips I highly recommend. You can sign-up to Bruce Langford’s blogging tips mailing list right here. You can also setup your own free blog on wordpress.com in 10 minutes.
6: Writers Block is a myth
It really is a great big romantic myth. ‘Oh, I can’t write, I’ve got WRITERS BLOCK.’ Rubbish. There is no writers block. There are just lazy wannabe writers. Sure, you may be stuck on where to go next with a project and the words may come with more difficulty then usual, but the answer to writers block are my top 3 points. You’ve got to understand what it is you want to write about and OWN that decision. You’ve got to make a MAP so you know where you’re going. You’ve got to make a schedule and STICK to it. You’ve got to have a plan. If you have a plan, the answer to writers block is write to your plan. Steve Martin put’s it best.
7: Good writers never stop reading
To write well, you’ve got to read well. Never stop reading. Reading will give you inspiration and show you again and again that there is no one ‘correct’ way of writing. Follow your interests. Keep an eye on the style, the prose, the language used, the way dialogue, atmosphere and place is conveyed. Reading is writings great teacher. Try writing in the style of your favourite writer. Always pay attention to how the pros do it. Learn. Reading will definitely make you a better writer.
So, are you ready to kick off your 2014 project? Writers just write. There really is no other way. If you want to be a writer own it. Say it. When people ask what you do, tell them ‘I am a writer’. What are you waiting for?
What are you going to write about in 2014? I’d love to hear about it.
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