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I partnered up with internationally renowned, award winning author and communicator Dr. Jeffrey Lant to bring, www.writerssecrets.com an exquisite online writing course to the world. I first joined Dr. Lant on his monitor and writing team and became a part of the creation of his memoirs “A Connoisseur’s Journey: Being the artful memoirs of a man of wit, discernment, pluck, and joy” as this very unique memoir was written live on screen. With completion of his memoir, Dr. Lant was now ready to offer all the crucial features of his near 7 decades of a very successful writing career and www.writerssecrets.com was created. A place for people to come together to master the art of writing.

[Deadlines] Like a timeline for your book!

Where are you at with writing your book?

Have you thought about it, maybe jotted down some notes?

Perhaps you’ve started outlining a couple of chapters.

Or are you stalled?

Has overwhelm set in?

Or maybe you got busy, and now your book idea is stashed away on your hard drive collecting virtual dust.

Maybe you never even got that far. Maybe you found yourself so confused about the whole process that you didn’t even start.

“The Book Brainstorming Planner” can help with that. It has broken down the writing process into manageable tasks.

Get a FREE copy – Go to: www.BringOutThePotential.com 

Another great way to prevent your book ideas from being delegated to the heap on your hard drive is to set a deadline, a time frame to get your book done.

Get our your Calendar & pinpoint these goals:

  • Outline Done
  • ½-way point
  • Rough draft done
  • 1st Read-through
  • Submission to proofreaders
  • Submission for endorsements
  • Editor chosen
  • Manuscript sent to editor
  • List publishing options to research

Even before you set your deadline or start your outline try envisioning your book and read the article on that at: http://writerssecrets.com/attention-writers-envision-your-finished-book/

There you go. That cuts out some of the excuses for not writing your book.

Go ahead and let us know in the comment section below, how your book writing is going. We’d love to hear.

[Attention Writers] Envision Your Finished Book!

Why do you need to envision your book?

Without vision, your project will perish.

Include when envisioning:

  • Cover Design ideas
  • Interior Layout ideas
  • Number of chapters
  • Target page count
  • Dimensions
  • Endorsements

Example:

12 chapters, researched covers and found the type of cover you love, 6” by 9”, endorsement by Rhea Perry

Now prepare yourself for the writing process.

Pick up a FREE copy of the Book Brainstorming Planner at: http://BringOutThePotential.com

Don’t forget about your body!

If you exercise for only 15 minutes without hydrating, you will have lost 10% of the water in your brain tissue.

That 10% decrease amounts to half your muscle capacity and is very dangerous!

When you’re using your brain, thinking and strategizing, you are exercising your brain tissue. It is the same as physical exercise. Keep hydrated and you will find your thoughts flowing freer. Hydrated means water or water-based, non-carbonated, non-caffeinated drinks. Carbonated and caffeinated drinks cause dehydration.

What are some bad habits you might need to overcome so you can get on with your writing?

Examples:

  • Caffeine
  • Not drinking enough water
  • Poor diet (not enough veggies)
  • Negativity
  • Not enough exercise
  • Poor time management
  • Addictions (smoking, etc)
  • Nail biting
  • “Free” syndrome
  • Cracking knuckles/nail biting
  • Gambling/Lottery

Find a spot of your own just for your writing and remove any distractions. Put up the do not disturb sign and have everything prepared ready to go before you sit down to start writing. This will save you from wasting time.

Checklist to get prepared:

  1. Writing tool in good repair that are reliable and accessible. Think pen, pencil and eraser. Paper, notepads and notebooks. Computer, Laptop or Netbook. What is your chosen way of writing – personally I prefer to sit down with a pen and paper, but perhaps you may prefer to type with your laptop or PC, while others may prefer to use a voice recorder. Whatever your preference make sure everything is set to go.
  2.  Clothing – Keep a sweater or shawl handy for if you’re feeling chilly, your favorite bunny slippers to keep your toes comfy or perhaps wear layers that you can take off if the temperature is rising.
  3.  Have your favorite drink handy and some water.
  4.  If you need munchies to keep you going have then at the ready.
  5.  Have all your research material together so you not hunting it down.
  6.  Gather your inspiration around you. Things that would start a story out for you – like photos, writing prompts, family heirlooms, your journal. Your memory is like a vault for your creation, dig in and pull out some childhood memories, places you have been or a funny incident that occurred. Pinpoint your inspirations and gather them up.
  7. Organizational tools – file folders to keep all your writing in, including notes (never throw anything out until your project is totally complete). This is for your hard copy and have each separate writing project kept organized in its own file and saved in Google Docs or whatever cloud storage you use, on your computer, flash drives. Make sure you have a backup file for anything stored on your computer.
  8. Have a dictionary and thesaurus handy? Online is fine. Personally I like to have both.

Check out “The Coffee Break Author” found at:   www.BringOutThePotential.com  which breaks up the writing process into a dozen coffee break size writing sessions and oodles of tips to get you all the way from your book idea stage to a fully written book with easy to follow steps.

 

6 Reasons You Need a Focus When Writing…

Why do you need a focus?

It makes your writing direction clear.

Without a Focus:

  • You’ll continually start new projects
  • Not be able to decide what to work on
  • Have multiple ideas with no direction
  • get frustrated
  • Make your family frustrated
  • Fight depression, anxiety, and more

So pull together all those ideas you’ve had in the past while, pick the ones you are most passionate about and make a decision on one of those projects considering:

  • Which one have you done the most research on
  • Which one do you have the most knowledge or experience with
  • What was your passion, your original reason, for starting it

Once you’ve made your decision stay focused on that and work through to get your project finished.

Pick up  a FREE Book Brainstorming Planner at: www.BringOutThePotential.com

 

5 Strategies – Bust through Procrastination…

Why is it people procrastinate in the first place –

Any of these sound familiar?

I’ll Do It Later

I’m Too Busy Working On Small Tasks Which Are Easier

Perfectionism

Fear of the Unknown

Not Sure How To Get Started

I Lack Motivation

I’m Easily Distracted

Laziness

“If you put off everything till you’re sure of it, you’ll never get anything done.”

So Start Where you Are

With What You’ve Got

JUST START!

5 Strategies to Bust through Procrastination:

  1. Procrastination-Busting Strategy #1: Write down, list your goals. Make them Achievable, Attainable and Meaningful
  2. Procrastination-Busting Strategy #2: Identify your procrastination habits. Examples: daydreaming, having another cup of coffee, pulling into your shell,  doodling or keeping yourself busy with small tasks.
  3. Procrastination-Busting Strategy #3: Designate a writing space specifically for writing or creating, with no distractions. Make it your sacred space.
  4. Procrastination-Busting Strategy #4: Leave your preconceived limitations
    at the door.Common limitations: It’s not perfect. What if I fail? What if no one likes my work? This has been done before.Replace with: It doesn’t have to be perfect! What if I succeed? What if people do like my work? I have a unique voice for someone to hear.
  5. Procrastination-Busting Strategy #5: Get support. Get it from friends, family, online, with a mentor.

Do you have other strategies for busting though procrastination? Let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.

[Writing Process Broken Down] 9 Short Simple Writing Sessions – Get Past Overwhelm – Get On to Writing Your Book…

Feeling like you don’t have enough time to write?

Let’s make time!

First with limited time it’s important to use that time wisely. So turn off any distractions, put up the do not disturb sign and have everything prepared ready to go before you sit down to start writing. This will save you from wasting time.

Below I’ve broken the writing process down into short simple writing sessions you could do in the time you have for a coffee break.

Ready to finally get on with your writing?

Session 1 – A Brainstorming session to start getting those book ideas flowing. Write everything that pops into your mind down with no censorship or criticism.

Session 2 – Review ideas and pick out the ones that resonate with you. Write each separate idea down on its own sticky note ready for organizing in a “Post It Wall” outline.

Session 3 – Build the characters for your story. Write them on your sticky notes. Give them special attributes and characteristics. Try to be as specific as you can to make them more believable and life like. Again this is a brainstorming session so try to get into your character and write down ALL your ideas to flesh them out.

Session 4 – This will be your actual first writing session to come up with a catchy opening paragraph. Include your setting, introduce your main character(s) and start the momentum happening. Most importantly come up with some kind of hook to capture your reader’s interest and draw them into your story.

Session 5 – Revisit the beginning of your book and enrichen it. Bring your reader right into the setting of your book. Make your characters come to life. Develop your style and let the story unfold.

Session 6 – As we move into the middle section of our book our plot and subplot unfolds along with the conflicts our character is working through. Now’s the time to put together an outline for your book. Got back to all your sticky notes and using the Post It Wall outline paste those sticky notes to a blank wall and start to organize them and create a direction for your story. Fill in any gaps and add descriptive words or phrases to start fleshing out your story. Revisit your Post It Wall outline as often as needed.

Session 7 – Now that you have an outline and some direction for your story you can get on to writing a quick rough draft to your book. This will be the first of many drafts. Doing it quickly will give you a clean trajectory following the outline of your story. If you blast your way to the ending this will give you a much better sense of what belongs in the beginning and middle sections of your book.

Session 8 – With your outline and the rough draft you should have developed the key principles, parts and milestones as benchmarks to move along within your story structure. When you did the strategizing and plotting of your main story points in your outline you probably have a pretty good idea of how your story will end. If you’re not quite certain here is where you’ll do some brainstorming to arrive at a strong ending for your story. Write down a few endings and read them with your whole story to see which one flows the best and is best suited to your story.

Session 9 – Time for revision – recite and rewrite. With a rough draft completed now is the time to get more critical and revise your work making sure each paragraph leads to the next. Each page leads to the next page. Reread your work (reading it out loud). Look for the flow. Ask yourself questions such as “What exactly is happening here and what effect does it have on my character? Have I expressed my ideas in a way that will give my readers the perspective I was hoping for, engaging them and guiding them on the path of my story? You the writer will always be controlling the direction of your story. Does each scene deepen your reader’s connection to the story?
This is where you will be doing your cutting or reworking of weak areas. Recite them once more and rewrite until you are happy with what you have created.

These tips were taken from my book “The Coffee Break Author”

Make sure to read the complete version of “The Coffee Break Author” by Patrice Porter found at http://bringoutthepotential.com It is full of tips and insights to help you through your writing process.

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Getting “Yes” from the Media – Ways Publicity Can Pay Off For You…

A lot of times people aren’t aware of all the ways that publicity actually can bring you money, bring you impact, and bring you influence.

Do you believe that you can have anything you want if you position yourself to be famous?

Publicity makes miracles happen for a few reasons.

  1. Publicity is free! When you’re on that radio show, when you’re written up on a blog, when you’re on a podcast, when you’re in a magazine, newsletter, newspaper, wherever. You are getting free exposure.
  2. Publicity is more credible than advertising. In fact, when PR people charge and give a sense of value, they’ll calculate out the cost of the ad.
  3. One more thing, publicity multiplies. So, have you ever noticed when the media are covering something? They cover a topic and then you just see it more and more in other places and they all tend to start to cover the same thing. But when you pay to run an ad, do they call you and say, “We love this ad. It looks beautiful. We’d love to rerun it in five other places for free”?

4 Ways Publicity Pays Off

One is, you get a chance. When you do an interview, usually, you will get a chance to give out your website, give out where people can buy your book or get on your list. There’s the direct invitation to the audience.

The other thing that happens from publicity is, as you get publicity, people also can just start discovering you on the Internet. So, for example, a gentleman who is an expert on storytelling was interviewed by a blogger on Forbes, and he’s just gotten booked.

People, when they have Googled the topic of “storytelling,” he shows up. That happened a couple years ago, but he’s still getting invitations to speak and do consulting and traffic to his Web site from that.

People may find you on YouTube. They may find a podcast interview that you’ve done, so when they Google your name, are they’re going to see interviews that you’ve done. Sure. It’s a great way of getting more traffic and getting more clients and customers.

The other thing is that when you do an interview, even if it’s a small radio show or something that might not have a really big audience, it gives you currency to share.

Let’s say you do a great interview on a small podcast that maybe you don’t get many direct orders for your book or what-have-you. You can now share that interview on social media through Twitter, through Facebook and things. So, people will now be experiencing you, seeing you, hearing you on the media.

The fourth thing — and I say this to you especially if you’ve been getting publicity — is, are you including it in your promotion materials?  A lot of times people say, “As seen on ABC.” People will be more likely to buy from you if they see that you’ve been in the media. You can have anything you want if you position yourself to be famous.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day, a day for unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action.
In celebration from the WritersSecrets.com archive I bring you –
 
10,000 (Wo)men of Harvard. Oprah Winfrey at Commencement, May 30, 2013 and I am proud to be there for “bye and bye” has come at last. – by Dr. Jeffrey Lant
 
Author’s program note. I knew I would go to Harvard Commencement this year after I read a disconcerting article in The Boston Globe some months ago. It cited the opposition of certain alumni to having Miss Oprah Winfrey as this year’s principal speaker and honorary degree recipient, Harvard’s chief honor. Their argument went something like this, some of it overt, some (the ugliest) not.
 
She wasn’t up to Harvard standards, she was not a woman of education, not a woman of merit, and most important, NOKD, “Not our kind, dear.” As these words, written and implied, rolled out, I knew in my bones that come hell or high water, I would be present, in full regalia, to honor the lady and what I knew would be her message of hope, inspiration and empowerment.
 
And so yesterday, on the unexpectedly hottest day of the year, I went back to Harvard, on the day of my own 43rd graduation anniversary… to show solidarity, support, good manners and discerning judgement. And no one cheered her more loudly and with greater sincerity than I did… for I recognized that this was not merely an event to honor a single woman, no matter how deserving of such honor. But far more important to honor the sisterhood and their gentle revolution, an epochal event that changed the world and liberated not just women but men, too, for the liberation of women has certainly meant the liberation of men, though not all such have recognized this yet.
 
Dramatis personae.
 
Before I go on I want to take this opportunity to introduce you to the principal players in yesterday’s production. First, there is Mr. Aime’ and Mrs. Mercedes Joseph, born in Haiti, two of the principal reasons why my life works so well and smoothly. I took them to Commencement to thank them, to show them an aspect of Americana they would not otherwise see, and, frankly, because it is easy to trip and fall amidst the undulations of such a huge crowd… and their support was very useful indeed.
 
Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University, Lincoln Professor of History.
 
Sandra Demson, ’58, distinguished attorney in Canada, veteran of the revolution.
 
Oprah.
 
Diane Neal Emmons, Ed.M., an old friend rediscovered, another soldier for the cause, her weapons of choice her wit, ebullience, and an optimism that will not waver, despite the provocations life throws at each of us, delighting to see what we will make of them.
 
Fate.
 
As a social scientist, student of the material world in all its manifestations, I should not believe in such matters as destiny, providence, or kismet. Should not. But when a day arranges itself as felicitously as yesterday’s did, the right things happening in just the right order, one is forced to consider the inconvenient notion that something other than random chance is present, “inconvenient” because unpredictable, though that doesn’t necessarily mean bad. Yesterday’s serendipities were anything but…
 
Security.
 
Since I arrived at Harvard in the fall of 1969, I have passed through the great Class of 1877 Gate thousands of times. But when I passed through it yesterday I was patted down by a female security officer. It is a sign of our times, a blip that tells us the world has changed, and not for the better. Once inside a recollection from “Gone With The Wind” came to mind. It was at the beginning of the film, where the newly engaged couple, Ashley and Melanie, stand on the balcony of Twelve Oaks and look out at their world of grace, luxury and privilege, a world they love, threatened with destruction whether the South wins or not.
 
I stood for a moment, just next to the president’s office in Massachusetts Hall and looked at the vibrant scene before me. It, too, is challenged, roiled by even positive change… I was determined to see, determined to remember what I saw this day and what was part of me: class marshals in top hat and cut-away; their female counterparts wearing bright red rosettes with bright smiles to match; academic gowns from every renowned and prestigious university on Earth; new graduates wearing the most desirable costume of all, their unflinching youth. They would shortly sing “Gaudeamus igitur, Juvenes dum sumus” (Let us rejoice while we are young.) They would not understand… but the alumni before them would… for the words, once just lyrics of a well-known song, gather their profound meaning with every passing year in an exercise we call wisdom and which we cannot approach unmoved.
 
Rubbing for luck.
 
Every alumnus becomes perforce a guide when escorting guests to Commencement, and so, hobbling, I lead the Josephs to the statue of John Harvard, the Founder. Only it isn’t. There are no extant images of the man whose gift of books, lavish as all gifts to Harvard should be, launched the greatest educational establishment on Earth (1636).
 
What to do? Improvise! And thus a suitably attractive young man of noble countenance from the class of 1884 was invited to pose for the famous statue by Daniel Chester French. It stands in the center of the Yard, the faceless Founder facing eternity in the body of flawless youth. Both have thereby been immortalized, and this is perhaps why one is advised to rub the shoe for luck… for seizing eternity is certainly worth the doing. This is something every Harvard student knows.
 
The President!
 
When you talk of The President in Cambridge, you mean the President of Harvard. It was my privilege to share a few minutes conversation with the current occupant yesterday, Drew Gilpin Faust, president since 2007. An historian herself, she is a person of history; the first woman to lead Harvard. Let me tell you this: she is well and truly on her way to becoming one of the most respected and beloved leaders of this historic institution and thus one of the great benefactors of the Great Republic and the wider world beyond, for Harvard is universal now and forever more.
 
When you think of President Faust think of what has happened to and in the world since her historic appointment. You will then understand she has presided over six turbulent years, years when even Fortress Harvard knew anxiety. If she never did another thing, she would find an honorable place in Harvard’s story. But at just 65, she is in her prime… ready to do battle for the light. What will she do? Here’s a clue to one of her projects…
 
In her remarks yesterday she drove home one essential point; that the impending massive cuts in federal research funding are short sighted, self destructive, ill advised in every way. Research is what gives us the improvements we desire; slicing any part of it gives us less. Does this make sense?
 
President Faust will ensure Harvard’s clout is used to avoid this folly. And she has my support in doing so. Just as she will always have my support in any and all endeavors to strengthen the liberal arts and humanities, always the great beating heart of Harvard.
 
“Is this seat taken?”
 
There were just three seats left in about the fourth row, and I knew we should grab them. But first I needed a positive response to the question asked through the ages: Is this seat taken? And so I came to meet a new friend, Sandra Demson, Class of ’58. She had come to participate in the 55th Reunion of the Harvard and Radcliffe Classes of 1958. I introduced myself and in just a minute or two we were chatting like a house afire, discovering one person after another we knew and had in common. Harvard meetings are like that.
 
However, the most important aspect of our conversation concerned my questions to Sandra about the differences she discerned in the situation of Radcliffe students in 1958 and the position of women undergraduates today. And here a pleasant afternoon’s smooth conversation became more than chat, an insight into history, something she wanted to tell… and I very much wanted to hear.
 
You see, Sandra Demson, smart, attractive, charming, was part of the generation which placed every aspect and feature at the foot of Man… and lived to regret it, like so many other women who not only discovered father didn’t know best; they discovered that father knew hardly anything at all… and this made for many problems, ructions, and difficulties, especially when Man continued to insist upon a superiority he clearly did not possess.
 
And so Sandra, like every “good woman” of her age and outlook learned to carry on, bite her tongue, and somehow keep the faith alive, that better days, and lasting love, too, would come to her. And, in due course, “this too shall pass” passed… And God granted her marital love, peace, and the easy, “woman of the world” manners which we have all erred in not insisting our young successors should have and which she graciously shared with me on this sweltering day.
 
Oprah!
 
It was Sandra Demson who looked at Oprah and said, “She’s nervous. She’s trembling”… No wonder. A poor black girl from the Deep South,had by dint of unceasing work, determination and an attitude of “must” not just “can” do had scaled the heights into the very citadel of American prestige. There she was, physically smaller than her outsized television presence, quivering just a bit but the crowed roared for her… and so the lady of embracements, hugs and love, was soon awash in the huzzas which must have been heard blocks away. In a very real sense, Oprah Winfrey had come home, and she was greeted accordingly.
 
The music.
 
When the tumult ebbed a bit, Oprah began. Soon, just in passing, she mentioned a tune she loved. I looked it up when I got home and immediately understood her better as well as why she’d referenced it, holding it close, a security blanket. It is “We’ll understand it better bye and bye”. Written by Charles Albert Tindley (1851- 1933), an ex-slave and “the Father of Gospel Music”, it is a rousing, barn stormer of a song, the lyrical equivalent of Oprah herself. Go now to any search engine and listen carefully…”We are tossed and driven/ on the restless sea of time… We will understand it better bye and bye.” I prefer the inimitable version by Mahalia Jackson. Listening to this mistress of godly soul, you can believe, deep in your heart, that better times will come as they came to Oprah Winfrey.
 
Then Oprah told us how they came to her, what she learned, what she had to do… and what she had to share with others. She spoke, like a female Polonius, of being true to thyself, of living your own life, not the life assigned to you or allowed by others. She spoke of the commitment one must make, the unceasing focus one must maintain. And she spoke of what must be done in the inevitable days when troubles come and one faces the reality of dread and defeat. This was not mere eloquence, though the lady excels at eloquence. It was not mere rhetoric, though the lady’s rhetoric is notable… no, indeed. Instead she was speaking from what the world knows as her great heart… so motivational, so inspirational, so uplifting that along with her massive crowd of the eminent, learned and well connected, I was on my feet, not just cheering, but shouting approbation and encouragement… yes, Oprah had come home…. and for the lady who loves there was ample love indeed.
 
Dee-On.
 
My day was, I thought, over and completely successful. Aime’ and Mercedes Joseph had given support. President Faust impressed and reassured. Sandra Demson gave charm and friendship. Oprah gave the formula not merely for success, but how to conquer failure. It was enough, more than enough, but there was more….
 
Leaving the Tercentenary Theatre, Oprah whisked away by the omnipresent security, I saw a face I knew so well… and it was Diane (always pronounced Dee-On), Diane Neal Emmons. And so serendipity continued, unpredictability its metier, for here was a long-lost friend, benefactor when I was a penurious graduate student, forty years ago, success in the future, but when? Diane and her legendary hospitality helped make waiting bearable. This time she invited me to her home for the 4th of July celebrations when the known world gathers in her front yard to extol the Great Republic. I may even go… for there is a story there… and I want to be the one who tells it, for only thus will we “understand it better bye and bye…”
Connect with Dr. Jeffrey Lant at www.DrJeffreyLant.com

NEW YEAR – NEW GOALS! How Being Grateful Can Help You Reach Your Goals

When we have a long-term goal we are working towards, it’s easy to be so focused on it that we start to believe we won’t be happy until we reach it. It’s important to have long-term goals, but not at the expense of your daily life. Staying in a place of gratitude for what you already have and what you’ve already achieved in your life can be a huge benefit in reaching your goals.

 

Gratitude Makes You Happier

Neurologists have learned that feelings of gratitude actually change the way your brain works. When you are consciously aware of all the wonderful things in your life, you are happier and more content. When you are happy and feeling good about your life, it’s easier to believe that more good things await you down the road.

 

Gratitude Lowers Stress

A life filled with the struggle to always be better will lead to a life of stress. Yes, you want to reach your goals. You want to unlock all the potential that’s inside you. But finding a way to balance this desire with gratitude for what you’ve already accomplished and what you have in your life today is also important. When constantly pushing yourself forward, it’s easy to believe you aren’t good enough today. Focusing on what you have to be grateful for today lowers your stress level and helps you enjoy the journey to your ultimate goal.

 

Gratitude Makes You More Optimistic

Believing the grass is always greener on the other side is a sure way to ensure your dissatisfaction with life. It makes you feel like you may never get the life you want. This pessimism just makes everything in life harder. You may even just give up on your dreams because you don’t believe you can attain them. Keeping a grateful mindset offers you a way to enjoy life now and look forward to the future, once your goals have been realized.

 

Obtaining a grateful spirit doesn’t take a lot of time and effort, but it makes a huge difference in your life. Start by keeping a small notebook with you or using an app on your phone to note the little things that happen throughout your day that you are grateful for. Some people prefer to keep a gratitude journal by their bed and add a short list of things that they are grateful for that day. Give it a try if you feel you’ve been too focused on a goal and it’s making you unappreciative for what you already have.

I’d love to hear of all you are grateful for and your goals too. Let me know in the comments below.

Writing Cheat # 10 The formula for writing faster than you ever have before.

Earlier, I talked about how important it is to create efficient systems in business. It’s best to have a streamlined process you follow for everything you do.

It’s time to create an efficient process for your writing life. This isn’t meant to crush your creativity, it’s to get the “what do I do next?” question out of the picture. You’ll have a process for what you’re doing next, leaving room for you to be more creative and better at what you do.

Here is an example narrative to help you figure out your process:

“First, I come up with story ideas. I generate story ideas by _______________________.

I write my story and book ideas as they come to me. Next, I choose the story I am going to work on next. When I can’t decide, I ______________________________.

Then, I research ideas to include in my book. I only look for relevant and specific research. I organize my notes as I go.

Next, I follow these cheats as I get ready to write my book:

____________, ____________, ____________, ____________, ____________

I am now prepared to write the book. I write during these times: ____________, ____________, ____________.

If I get writer’s block, I ____________ and ____________ to get back on track.

Then, I ____________________________________.

Finally, my first draft is complete.”

This example can become anything you want it to become. The important thing is that you create a personalized system for writing. You cover your bases and leave nothing to chance. You have steps and solutions for everything. Consider this both a contract and insurance policy for yourself– you’ll never have to get off track.

Putting These 10 Cheats to Use

Choose the cheats that are calling out to you. There was likely one that gave you an “ah ha!” moment.

Start by implementing that one.

Play around with the ideas, put them to use, and watch your productivity soar.

What’s more is that these tips should invigorate your writing. You’ll feel good about what you’re doing. You’ll be able to release more for Kindle than you could have dreamed before, and your readers will love it.

It’s all about being efficient, removing mind blocks, unleashing your potential, and letting your creativity shine through.

Don’t let these ideas sit here, unused.

Writing better and faster with less work? It’s a dream come true, and the gift is sitting here, waiting for you to use it

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Writing Cheats #9 You’re a Character

Writers psyche themselves out constantly. Maybe you’re about to write your first book and don’t even think you can call yourself a writer yet. Or, maybe you envy another writer’s style and don’t think you can measure up. Or, maybe you’re feeling so stuck and uninspired lately that you can’t complete your projects.

Whatever it is, it’s time to get over it. It’s zapping your creativity, output, and…your wallet.

It’s time to go outside of yourself a little bit. It’s time to think of yourself as a character. That might sound strange, but it really can help. Just as you would create a character sketch for someone in your books, create a character sketch for yourself as a writer. There are three steps to this:

  1. Invent yourself– Brainstorm who you are as a writer. What you look like, think about, and talk about as a writer. Now brainstorm who you ideally are as a writer. What is your process? What do people say about your work? Where do you work?
  2. Picture yourself– Next, close your eyes and picture yourself writing. See yourself smiling with confidence as you type away. See yourself finishing the piece. See yourself publishing it on Kindle, happy all the while. See the praise rush in as people read the words. Get a very clear picture in mind– create a vision board to really cement the images.
  3. Interview yourself– Finally, interview yourself. Create a list of questions you’d ask any writer you were interested in. Then, answer the questions, honestly and completely. Your answers may surprise you. They will also give you deeper insight into who you are as a writer.

This process helps you come into your own as a writer. It gives you the confidence and assurance you need to produce outstanding work, more quickly.