Writing is hard work. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Anyone who says it is easy—is delusional—and probably not writing.
“I just sit down at the typewriter and bleed.” – Ernest Hemingway
Let me tell you a story.
I’ve been writing fairly consistently since 2006. Before that time, I wrote strictly in my journal. Nothing fancy. It was one of those marbled composition notebooks you can buy at Walmart for 10 cents around the start of the school year. I wrote to make sense of all the mixed up thoughts in my head and to try to combat the depression that threatened to overtake me. It didn’t go any further than that. I never thought of myself as a ‘true writer’ until probably about a year ago.
What set me on the path of thinking this way?
The Kindle I received for Christmas.
I began searching out all the books I could find to load up my Kindle. Free and not so free. Books on fiction and non-fiction. I realized some of them were pure junk, and I knew I could do better.
I began writing with a goal in mind.
Self-publish to Amazon.
I now had a goal.
A goal to achieve.
A target to hit.
I began with non-fiction, and just this year I’m making the switch to fiction. There is quite a learning curve. Instead of learning everything there was to know about publishing an e-book to Amazon, I made the switch to learning everything there was to know about writing.
This is not a post about learning all the ins and outs of self-publishing. Suffice it to say, that it took about two years of dedicated study before I felt that I knew enough to publish my first book on Amazon. If you are interested in learning self-publishing, promotion and cutting down on the learning curve of writing fiction, these are the courses I recommend:
This course is a clearinghouse of practically anything and everything there is to know about writing and publishing to Kindle. Geoff Shaw continues to improve and consistently add more into the course for his members.
This course will teach you how to write fiction, and write it fast! I’d been slogging through book after book on writing, and getting more and more confused. This book will cut through the confusion to get you published quickly. You can start with non-fiction, but when you are ready to make the switch–check out Michelle Spiva’s course.
Two Books That Boosted my Writing
After I had learned about publishing to Kindle, then I set a goal to learn how to write better–and faster. There were two books that really stood out, from the crowd of writing books that jammed my Kindle.
These two transformed my writing.
This book, 2K to 10K, by Rachel Aaron was a book about how to write faster. What I gleaned from this book was this: Plan out what you are going to write about BEFORE you set down to type it up on the computer. I went back to my morning pages. I love the free flow of the pen to paper. It seems to help my thought processes to break it down that way first. I tried it. Voila!
Ideas began flowing again.
Then as I’ve been writing my first romance novel, I found myself stuck at 24,000 words. I was stuck and had to analyze what was happening with my writing.
I stopped writing on this story for a couple of months.
I saw a recommendation from a fellow writer on Facebook for Show, Don’t Tell by James Lofquist. This is a short little book that can be read in one sitting. What did I glean from this one?
Just as I have been doing in the morning.
Write, let the ideas come, don’t stop them, and if you don’t know what to write, then make a list! (Tweet)
How freeing was this?
I gained the confidence to begin writing again.
I had to learn to stop being a perfectionist while writing. The time to correct and fix and polish is after a first draft is written. You must first get the story out in whatever means possible.
To make it easy to remember, I’ve summed up what I’ve learned in 11 simple tips:
- Don’t let the blank page intimidate you
- Write morning pages
- Plan out what you’re going to write BEFORE you head to the computer
- Make up a quick outline
- Show, Don’t Tell
- Don’t self-edit as you write
- Write everything you know about a scene
- List it if you’re not sure what to write
- Revise later
- Write consistently
- Write daily
Remember, it only takes an ant picking up and placing one grain of sand to build an anthill.
To write an entire book, it only takes the first word, then the next, and the next. (Tweet)
Be obedient and set an appointment with yourself to show up with pen in hand to write on the page or the computer. Make your appointment to write consistently, one word at a time, starting with the first one.
What helps you to write faster? What writing goals have you set for yourself?
Leave me a comment and let me know!
Penelope Silvers is founder of PhilosBooks.com,
where “Independent Authors are introduced to the World!”
She is a freelance writer, publisher, and radio host of
Penelope’s Book Chat on Blog Talk Radio.