Actually I can write an award winning story in 3, but who’s counting
I love watching people’s faces when I tell them I wrote 34 books. The eyes widen, the mouth drops. And I nod, “yes, 34”. When he met me, Jack Canfield said “I never met someone who has written as many books as I have” and he laughed. And I thought, and we have over third years in age difference 🙂 I worked so hard to get it here, I guess it is OK to feel proud now and then -)
I write fast. I remember once hearing about writing fast, the faster the better. A french author that I was proof reading for had told me about the fact that he loved writing books as fast as he could. He said that if they were unsuccessful, he wouldn’t feel that he had wasted a lot of time on them and if they were successful, he felt even better finishing them that quickly. He had become a millionaire with his best sellers. I listened and I applied myself at doing the same.
Here are a few tools to help you out.
1- Use time to your advantage.
Set the limits in which you want your book to be completed and then, shorten that time frame. For example, I thought I would write my first book in six months. I decided instead to write in six weeks. I finished it in seven. Not too bad. seven weeks instead of six months.
2- When you write. write
Focus on writing. Do it for a few hours a day, or chose one day when you block four hours straight. Jump in. Don’t spend any time thinking about writing because that might cause you to procrastinate.
If you need to research before writing, do all of your research beforehand. Then, you can move on to digesting what you learned and using what seems essential in your work.
3- Create a skeleton of your story
Start by your table of content or your cheat sheet and write the main ideas on which your story (or non fiction) will build. Like having a skeleton on which you will later on add meat.
4- Never start from the start
Don’t start with your introduction. The introduction and the conclusion should be written at the end, never the beginning. You cannot know what your story is about before you complete it. Then you can introduce it properly.
5- Swiss cheese strategy
The best is to divide your story in many fragments and write portions of it where you feel it fits. You can create folders, 5X4 card decks… I love writing bits and pieces in chapters and then connecting them together. It feels like you digged wholes in a cheese. It doesn’t feel as big of a task.
6- Think small
Never think about the whole project at hand. If need be, separate each piece of your story into a different file or folder. You won’t have to write 400 pages but only 20 times 20 pages. This helps enormously motivate you to move forward as you endorphin will increase every time you finish a section of your project.
7- Write without reading
When you write, do not read what you are writing. If you start editing, correcting, reading, … you will lose your train of thought. You will have plenty of time to go back and edit your work after it is completely completed.
8- Visualize daily
I believe any effort is pointless without the proper intention. Imagine your audience reading your book, screenplay… Imagine people loving it. Imagine yourself as successful. If you can’t do that. Drop your pen and build yourself esteem first. It would be useless to write if you feel that you will never be acknowledged for your writing. It is not necessarily the best who win but the most confident.
9- Remember who you are
Be the best you can be, now. The better you are, the more you will feel that you deserve the reward. You are ever changing and improving. Every time you open your work, and start at it, you are already a different person, with more experience, more knowledge, different skills and mindset. Do not judge what you wrote a month ago. It will never have the quality of your thoughts today. You need to give the world what and who you are in this transitional phase you are experiencing while writing. This leads me to 10.
10- End it
You can spend years improving and correcting. You need to decide beforehand that you will give it 5 drafts and that’s it. Perfection is the enemy of excellence, definitely a friend of procrastination. It will never be perfect but it will get done.
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