Started my next book on writing, which is is more interactive than the last. Decided to share my responses to the questions at the end of the daily lessons.
There are two main camps of writing styles, plotting and pantsing. Seems there needs to be a third that combines the best of both worlds. Let’s call it plotsing. Seems, in a weird way, I’ve been doing it for a while now.
Since I learned to see by watching for patterns, I often misjudge the universe’s intentions and compile all the negatives that enter my life into one huge warning or stop sign. That is until it steps in and drops a golden apple on my head.
Back in July 2016, I thought I had found the perfect method for writing a book.Then I realized it didn’t take into consideration the difference between one paragraph ideas and those that turn into a couple of pages, if not whole chapters. Jeff Goins’ 5-draft method doesn’t compress things and has the flexibility to accommodate existing material. It also has cool words that actually describe how to treat something.
What if we could set the competition aside and use each other’s knowledge and experience to create a better place for everyone? Idealistic and naive, maybe. Still it’s something we all need to consider, especially in the divisive and uncertain climate we all seem to find ourselves in.
Asking yourself if you need to start or continue a blog when thinking about your author platform is definitely the wrong place to start. It creates excuses. You and your blog need a purpose.
Who we spend time on is as precious the seconds that pass through our hands. Who is more precious than oneself? If we don’t invest in our health and well-being the time we invest in other things isn’t going to matter. Feeling like we don’t have enough time for things is a major cause of stress. Here’s a few things I am doing to build my time portfolio.
Someone asked me this question over New Year’s dinner, questioning the motivation for doing something that wasn’t selling, or making any money. I gave them the simple answers of needing at least two books to start the name-building process and wanting to finish what I started. Here’s the more complicated ones.
What determines if someone is a professional or amateur writer? In his post, Jeff Goins outlines seven points (and an eighth, if you look real hard at the intro) of what differentiates one from the other. After reading the article, I decided I’m somewhere in between.
“You put a lot of popcorn kernels in and you heat it up,” Kevin J. Andrews said in an interview on The Creative Penn, “But you never know at any one time which popcorn kernel is going to pop or which direction it’s going to fly.” For authors, each kernel is a book. Which one is going to pop is the biggest question.
How I Started (And Kept) Writing Every Day stuck a chord in me because the author has the same struggles and thoughts about his incomplete writing as I do. To him, writing every day is about managing expectations, self-accountability, and low-stakes writing.
I have to fight my brain every day. It tells me I should concentrate on making money, forget about writing. It’ll say that writing is nothing but a waste of time. To that, I saw oh contre. It’s helped me express myself in time of great grief and tragedy, it’s given me the ability to vent when I couldn’t yet. It’s let me be me to complete strangers when personal interaction gives me trouble cause I’m worried about how they are judging me.