End Procrastination with One Click

“The thing all writers do best is find ways to avoid writing.” ― Alan Dean Foster

“It’s coming along!” I always answer when asked about my current book.

Coming along? I then think. What, are the chapters on a journey across the Sahara Dessert? There they are, a caravan of words, footprints behind them, getting lost by a mirage, hoping to find water, hoping to make it out of the desert alive!

My book is only on its way when I am actively writing it. The rest of the time, I suppose it’s taking a nap, or worse, dying in wait.

Whatever you’re writing, chances are you are waiting for it just as much as your readers are.

The key is to think not of your work as coming one day but as existing already, existing inside you, just waiting for you to deliver it.

It’s time to deliver your writing to the world. You can, and you will. So what’s stopping you?

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Writing the Paths: Peek at Lesson 7

I write because I want to impact someone. Really I want to impact a lot of people, to improve their mindsets, give them quality of life, to make the world a better place.

My writing is useless though if the reader can’t absorb the message, take it in, make it part of them, and at least, have the seed of change in them before they read the last page. Whether or not they get that seed depends on how well I write the paths to it.

Authors who write for the Kingdom of God understand both the destination and the path. The destination is the author’s message. It is the take-home information, the nutritional value, the bottom line. But the path is so much more. The path is the meal packaging all that nutrition. It’s the flavors and aromas, the colors and textures, the conversation and ambiance that aid the process. The path is that extra touch that makes readers forget they’re being taught.

Learn to write the paths with Author Development!

Love when I find great tip!

These tips from professional writers are bah-rill-yant! Especially “Edit, Please!” My best work is its best when I edit (only after writing it, that is).

Live to Write - Write to Live

When I worked in the ICU as a resident, one of my daily tasks was to write a detailed note on each patient after I had seen, assessed, and come up with a plan of care for him or her. The attending doctor of the ICU had a saying that stuck with me through the years and I’ve applied it to many types of writing, not just the chart notes that he referred to: “Your note should be long enough to be good, short enough to be better.”

As a writer, I do not want people to skim my words. I know that people do it—I do it, too. But my goal is to make my writing succinct enough that my readers read every word I write, and don’t feel that I could have left something out.

Lately, I’ve been paying more attention to editing myself as I’ve been creating…

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Writing to the goods…

Authors can write junk for years before finally getting to the goods. We have so many reasons for not getting there: from ambiance to time to simply having a bunch of “junk” in our heads that has to come out first.  Somehow…. we must get to the goods. I address this in Author Development Lesson 5:

So how do we know the goods? The works that impress us now may have seemed like nothing at the time they were written.  What sets a work apart is its ability to keep its meaning through the years… As Dr. Pernell Hewing said to me, “Revelation breeds revelation forever.”  The [goods] you write will live longer than you, the messages staying true even as cultures change.

Get to the goods!

Some basic tips in getting to the goods:

  1. Write constantly, for set amount of times in set places. Make a date several times a week, daily if possible, with your writing, and then keep your date!
  2. Ignore your inner-editor. You can learn more about him or her from Natalie Goldberg‘s Writing Down the Bones or by signing up for Author Development.
  3. Undress your soul. Open up. Write from the rhythm of your heart rather than clanging machinery of your brain.
  4. Write without stopping, editing, laboring. Do all your writing first. Then go back and make any changes or edits.

If you really want to get to the goods, I can help. Author Development will not only mine the wells of your soul to produce a book as unique as you, it will also strengthen your confidence in yourself as an expert at all-things you, supporting your value and identity as the unique sound in the earth that you are.

Sneak Peek: Lesson Four in Author Development

To understand meaning more than words, to get to an experience greater than just a story, an author has to engage the theater of the mind.  Lesson four helps authors peel away the outer layer of words to reveal what they’re made of:

Something of the sounds, pictures, sensations inside us are richer than life itself.
That inside reality is what shapes a person, determines viewpoints, memory of events, pleasure or displeasure, friendships or rivalries, successes or failures. Most of what comprises a person begins inside. Most of what comprises a person is lived once, twice, or over and over inside them before it’s expressed externally… before it becomes words.

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Sneak Peek: Assignment 3 in the course Author Development

Today one of our authors-in-the-making is completing the third assignment in Author Development. The entire assignment and the context of lesson three is contained in one simple phrase:

Let your soul undress, and write from your vulnerability.

-Author Development Course