Last week I published a blog post about Increasing Writing Speed and Unlocking Creativity. In that article I encouraged you to write freely for a minimum of one hour each day without stopping to second guess word choices, grammar or punctuation; however, these things are extremely important during the revision and self-editing phase, which is the next step once you've completed the first draft of your work.Read More
While coaching writers and aspiring authors, a common challenge I hear is that of time management. It’s necessary to develop a daily writing habit in order to write a book or complete a writing project, but life often has a way of presenting obstacles. Before long, we resolve that we just don’t have enough time to write, so we put off the project until later...when the timing is right, but when will that be? Truth be known, the timing may never be just right to write your book. If your goal is to write and publish a book, you'll have to get creative with your schedule and create the time to write. Period.Read More
Have you ever experienced a time when you’ve been “in the zone” during a writing session, only to go back later to read your writing and find the words are almost unrecognizable to you? Ever wonder why that is? Well, it’s likely you tapped into the flow of creativity!
The goal is to get into that creative flow during each writing session and to do that we must resist the urge to self-edit as we write. Now, I’m not saying that we don’t need to be conscious of word choices, punctuation, and grammar. We certainly do, but there is a time and a place for self-editing, and it’s not during our dedicated writing time. That’s what the revision process is for, and that comes later.
When we allow ourselves to write freely and resist the urge to go back and make changes and edit as we write, we unlock our greatest potential, allowing our creative mind to express itself freely.
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Readers often decide if they will continue with a book or abandon it within the first few pages, so your opening chapter needs to engage or hook the reader from the start.