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[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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

Writing Cheats # 8 Zippy research is within reach.

Research.

What came to mind when you read that word? How did you feel? What was your body language?

If you’re like many people, you cringed. You made a face and felt a knot in your stomach. That’s because so many of us are taught (and experience) that research has to be this difficult, boring, time-consuming thing.

Okay, maybe it used to be those things, but it doesn’t have to be anymore. This is the best time in history to be a writer. Not only can you publish anything you want to (within reason) on Kindle, but you can access anything you need to make it happen.

You can use Google Earth to visit faraway lands. You can access untold numbers of public domain books. You can Google anything you want to know. You can ask people from all over the world whatever you’d like to ask them. You can find experts to interview on any topic, with a few clicks of the mouse.

Everything you need is out there and it’s easily accessible. You just have to know how to find it and organize it. Sometimes, having too much information can be just as scary as not having enough.

Here are three tips you need to know to take away most of your struggle with research before you write:

  1. Learn how to read only what you need to-This is the biggest trick to research there is. Be very specific with your research and read only what you need to. Use the ctrl+f function to drill down and find specific words and sections. Be very specific with Google and database searches. Don’t waste time taking notes or even reading things you don’t really need to know. You aren’t hoarding information– you’re reading and using only what you need.
  2. Organize your research as you go– Be very specific about what you need to know. Create notes files for specific topics. Organize yourself now and you won’t have to spend hours doing it later. Don’t just have a giant file for a topic-have many smaller, very specific files that you can access in a stress-free way while writing.
  3. Know exactly where to get the best information– Don’t waste time using sources that can’t back themselves up. Look for primary sources and scholarly sources. Use more than one source to verify information.

Scholar.google.com is a great starting place as is books.google.com. Use those databases to spark additional research in the right places. Go to the right spots the first time around and you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches.

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