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[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.

 

Ready to Get Writing Then “Oh Darn I Need My …” Checklist of What Writers Need.

blue room preparing to writeWriters #1 priority should be having a space just for writing.

When you go there you want to let it be know that you are there to write and you want  no disturbances.

That would include disturbances from the phone ringing, notices of messages coming in, etc.

Once you have that all taken care of and you settle down to start writing there is another thing that would disturb your writing –

Not having everything you need handy.

Remedy –

Checklist of 7 things to make sure you have handy when preparing to write. You may consider writing out your own personal checklist to go over before you get down to writing.

  1. Writing tool in good repair that are reliable and accessible. Think pen, pencil and eraser. Paper, notepads and notebooks. Computer, Laptop or Netbook. Let’s not forget our dictionaries and thesaurus.
  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. Here’s a nice list that Writing With Mom put together “What starts a story out for you? Is it a conversation with a cousin? Seeing old photos? A daily prompt from a book or webpage you like? How about your journal, or the writings or possessions of a family member–an heirloom that you admire in a case, or use everyday. For some it’s a place, a date or an occasion. Others write methodically from a task list. They have a neat outline of what they want to say and can go down the list working one subject at a time and feeling a great deal of accomplishment. Some look for contests or open calls for submissions and can write inspired by the given topic. Maybe it’s something you notice on the ground, the funny title of a book, or a childhood memory. Pinpoint your inspirations and gather them up.” See more of her list of writer’s needs at the source: Writing With Mom
  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 it’s 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.

Okay there’s a beginning for you now get your own personal checklist together for disturbance free writing.

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