Writing Schedules: Tips On Creating One

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Creating a writing schedule is tougher than I thought. I have been struggling with this for a while now. Our busy lives at home can create a huge obstacle for us when it comes to our writing. Daily responsibilities can hinder our writing time in more ways than one. I’ve discovered a few sites that offer tips and suggestions on creating a writing schedule and how to be more productive with the little writing time you may have. Check out this Book TV video on how some writers schedule their writing. Happy writing!

Check out these 6 steps from R.A. Evans on starting out small and keeping motivated.

If you want to be a writer, you have to write. Sounds easy, doesn’t it? The hard part isn’t knowing what you have to do so much as it’s finding when to do it. Sure, you have to write, but you also have to pay the bills, spend time with your family, and take the occasional shower. There’s no shortage of things you want to do, either, from catching up with friends to watching Game of Thrones on HBO. It can seem impossible to fit writing in amid all your other priorities.

What’s a busy writer to do? Don’t give up! Follow these six simple steps, and you’ll find there’s time for writing in every single day. Read more here.

Linda Clare shares tips in regards to the seasonal you.

Writing Tip for Today: Your writing schedule will depend on the “season” of your life. Whether you have a day job, a gaggle of children to care for or you’re working on a college degree, these endeavors obviously drain a lot of your time. And published writers have deadlines to meet, meaning they’re crazy-busy at times. Yet it IS possible to create a writing schedule and stick to it. Here are a few thoughts on writing schedules at all stages of your writing journey: Read more here.

Writers Go For The Gusto!

I often wonder why I sometimes hesitate when it comes to writing. I want to jump right in and go for the gold, but there is this little thing that creeps up inside me and screams HALT! I get jittery because I am not sure that I am ready even though I am achieving so many wonderful writing goals. So what is it? Are we waiting for a pat on the back or perhaps someones permission to dive into the writing pool? Well, maybe. I came across and article from Cathy Stucker that helped me feel uplifted and ready to jump right in and go for the gusto! Enjoy!

Stop Waiting for Permission

March 17th, 2011

How do successful people become successful? They do things. Instead of sitting around waiting for the Permission Fairy to whack them upside the head with her magic wand, they just go out and do what they need to do.

I get a lot of questions from clients, students and others about how to do various things. Sometimes these questions are about the technical details of how to do something, but often the question is about how they go about getting permission to publish a book, become a consultant, create a course, etc. They want to know what course they need to complete, what group they need to join or who needs to give them a title before they can do what they want to do. While that is necessary if you want to be a doctor, in the world of entrepreneurs you do not need a license to succeed.

When someone is waiting for permission it is often because they do not have confidence in their ability to do something. The way to get that confidence is not to look to someone else. The way to get confidence in your ability to do something is to do it.

In the corporate world there are people who hand out titles and job duties. As an entrepreneur, you are the one who decides what your title is (if any) and what responsibilities you have. Want to be a published author? Write a book and get it published. Want to be a professional speaker? Get to the front of the room and start talking. Want to be a consultant? Start lining up clients you can help. It’s up to you.

There are people and educational resources to help with the things you do not know how to do or that you do not want to do on your own. However, there is no one who can give you permission. No one but you. Read more here.

Book Review – How To Write A Book Proposal

Writing a book proposal for the first time can make a writer‘s head explode. It’s that serious. Larsen does a great job of explaining the process. Although there are a lot of pages the book is a quick read. Writer’s can use this book to make an irresistible proposal, it shows you how to use models to make your book successful and helps you set literary and financial goals that will help you build a platform just to name a few.

Larsen points out how to hook a reader, how to search the market and look at your competition, how to build a platform and promotional plan and how to outline your book and so much more. Each chapter is filled with Hot Tips and quotes from professional writers. Readers won’t feel alone while going through this process. Larsen covers things to avoid and information for writing any type of book.

The back of the book has a Resource Directory which gives readers a list of agents, marketing sites, podcast directories, media lists and so much more. All of the links found here are a great resource to get a writer down the road to publication. Other resources include publicist and partnering your book. Readers will find sample proposals so that you can make sure you are on the right track.

Larsen has done an outstanding job of giving writer’s the help they will need with the long journey to publication.

Research Is A Part Of Writing!

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Research is a necessary evil. If you don’t like it then chances are your book will be drab. Just don’t go there. Research the area, scenery, and accumulate interesting facts about your characters. It’s true we all should be doing some research before, during and after our writing projects.

I came across a blog today that was really informative about this very subject. Check it out for yourself.  Mary Carroll Moore has some great insight http://howtoplanwriteanddevelopabook.blogspot.com/2011/04/researching-your-book-how-to-do-it-when.html

Happy Writing & Researching!

The Writer’s Life with Nicole Weaver

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Nicole Weaver

 I base all of my writing on personal experiences. Once I get an idea , I sit down and write. I do the bulk of my writing when I am on summer break from teaching. My second book which will be published by Guardian Angel Publishing in 2011, was written in one day. I got the idea after meeting my half- sister from my father’s side. 

After meeting her, I began thinking about what it would have been like if we were raised together. I sat down and began writing the story. After a few revisions , I was given a book contract.  

For me, once I get the idea in my head, the words basically flow freely from my mind onto the paper. If I struggle with finding words to write, I usually do not pursue the writing of the script. I never write an outline before writing, I feel too constrained with an outline. On several occasions I tried to outline, but it really stifled my creativity.

Learn more about this book at http://outskirtspress.com/webpage.php?ISBN=978-1-4327-2377-4