To all writers and soon to be writers, Happy New Year & Welcome to 2020.
I’m starting this new year by engaging you in a mission to become a published author in 2020. Now don’t get nervous already. Sit up and take note of the simplicity at which you can get it done. You won’t get it done by spending thousands of dollars on a program, or by hiring a ghostwriter. This year you’ll take simple steps to get super focused on completing the novel you’ve always wanted to write in a few simple steps. Steps that I learned as I went through this process myself and experienced first-hand. Each month I’ll provide three new tips to implement so that your writing journey, is a smooth one.
- Choose the best time for you to write and schedule it on your calendar. I’m a morning person and I’m also retired so I don’t have any problem with getting up at 5:00 am to write. The house is quiet and enables me to write for a few hours undisturbed. If you’re not a morning person and need to prepare to go to work that may not be the time slot for you. But trust me there is a time, day or night within the 24 hours that we’re given each day that you can commit to writing. It may be your lunch hour, late evening, or night. Again, figure out what time that is and block it out on your calendar.
- Determine the location where you will write. This is important to figure out as soon as possible because the time and location will need to coincide, even if it’s at home. It’s difficult to write at home at 5:00 pm if its dinner time for the family and you’re the primary cook. Try to find a room in your home if that will be where you write, like a guest room, den or even the patio if the season is right. You may even want to have the location away from home. The objective is to find a location that is peaceful and will allow you to show up, pull out your laptop and write without interruption. Schedule the location in advance when necessary so that you maintain this practice. This is where shared office spaces, libraries, the local coffee shop or a conference room after hours come in to play.
- Write without Ceasing. Pull out that half-written novel, dust it off and get back to your writing groove. If you haven’t begun the novel yet, empty those thoughts about the story you want to write from your head onto paper. That will be your start to writing without ceasing. Set a goal each time you write of the number of words you plan to write. Use the word counter to keep you on track. A novel is usually around 70,000 to 90,000 words. Don’t let that scare you the way it scared me. Keep it in the back of your mind so you don’t forget the details while telling your story. Happy Writing!