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Writers Write

Writers Write

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At one point, a number of inquires had come in from people who have not yet written their book. So, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about how to get your book written in a relatively quick and straight forward manner. Here are a few bullet-points to help you get going:

  • Commit to writing a minimum amount each and every day (five, six or seven days a week). Stick to this. However many days you commit to � stick to it. I find that ONE-PAGE-A-DAY is a good place to start. It could also be one-idea-a-day or one-section-a-day. Whatever you choose - stick to it - and you will see the progress you are making in a relatively short amount of time.

  • Carry a pen and paper with you at all times. I have pen and paper at my desk, in my car, in the bathroom, next to my bed, in my brief case. If you are like a lot of people who really desire to write a book then ideas come to you all the time. WRITE THEM DOWN! Do not let a good idea go to waste. When you think of it - write it down. Use your PDA or smart phone to write down your notes - then email them yourself and print them out. The other reality is the often times those ideas that come to you - it is really the Holy Spirit talking to you about an idea.

  • Follow your passion. The best thing to right about is something that you have a passion for or are enthusiastic about as well as knowledgeable about. That could be why you think about your topic a lot - and why God consistently speaks to you about it.

  • Use a tape recorder. Whenever you have an idea that you would like to put into your book, speak it into a tape recorder. Then, transcribe it to a computer later. This can be very helpful when you are driving or just talking with someone (especially over the phone). Of course, if you are giving a presentation, workshop or seminar - you should always record your portion of the event so that you can transcribe it or have someone else do it for you.

  • Get (and use) a three-ring binder with tabs. Once you have starting writing (on a serious basis) it would be a good idea to organize your drafts. With a three-ring binder you can categorize the drafts into topics or chapters of your book. On the other hand, buying a three-ring binder and tabs could be the material motivation you need to push you to put something in it.

  • Commit to writing a minimum amount each and every day. Oh, did I say this one already? Obviously, it bears repeating. This is the single most important aspect of writing - CONSTANT PROGRESS. A friend of mine once told me a profound truth, "Writers Write!" That single statement helped me get out of constant procrastination and into constant writing. "Writers Write." Are you a writer? - Well, if so, then what to you do ...?

  • Turn off the television for at least one hour or for one program each day - so that you can devote that time to writing. This may not be the only way to get your writing done but it is one way to create the time that is needed. The key is to set aside some time for writing that is focused solely on your writing and/or research. But do not get so involved in research that you do not have time to write. Remember, "Writers write."

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