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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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Writing Cheats #7 Reading is the answer.

It’s impossible to become a good writer if you aren’t an avid reader. There are so many amazing writers out there. Their books will change your life as you’re reading.

Some writers, however, get so caught up in getting their own work out there that they neglect to feed their mind with the words of others.

Right now, you’re studying a book about writing better and writing more efficiently so you can cash in more by writing amazing Kindle books. I’ve given you some great tips so far, but this is absolutely the most important one.

Read. Read. Read. READ.

It’s amazing what happens when you read. Ideas will come to you. You’ll be infinitely more creative. Words will flow easily, and in the perfect order. You’ll be inspired, alive, and changed.

Read fiction and nonfiction. Read spy novels, romance novels, and horror novels. Read historical fiction and nonfiction, biographies and self-help books. Read everything.

Figure out how to get Kindle books from your local library and fill your Kindle with everything you can get your hands on. That is the best writing course on the planet.

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Writing Cheat # 6 – Know exactly what you’re doing, and when.

Do you write haphazardly? I know some writers who “write” all day long. I know some business owners who “work” all day. They’ll claim to spend 16 hour days working or writing and are at their breaking point. They definitely give their blood, sweat, and tears to the craft.

If you’re that type of writer or worker, I want you to look hard at what you’re actually doing.

  • How often do you check your email?
  • How often do you visit news sites?
  • How much time do you spend on Facebook?
  • How often do you find yourself getting into debates on Internet forums?
  • Do you check celebrity gossip sites?
  • Do you find yourself getting up for a drink, to use the bathroom, to get a snack, to check on the cat dozens of times in your work day?
  • Do you find yourself at the end of a work day, wondering what in the world you did all day and why you don’t have more of your project done?

I’ll be the first to say that I work long days. But, my days are pretty tightly focused. I frequently check in on my forum members and my Facebook group members. You’ll rarely find me flittering my days away doing nothing. It takes dedication to get to this point and I won’t say it’s always easy– the Internet is an endlessly distracting place with any number of rabbit holes.

I want you to give yourself a maximum of 3 hours a day to work at your computer over the next three days. That’s it. You’re not allowed to be on your computer, for any reason, longer than three hours.

These 3 challenge hours will include the following activities:

  • Writing
  • Marketing your Kindle books
  • Checking email
  • Spending time checking news outlets, gossip, and funny cat pictures

Yes, you have big projects to complete. You have goals and deadlines.

You still have those goals and deadlines…but you now have much less time to work on them for three days.

Don’t worry– I’ll wager that you’ll get a lot more done than you usually do. There are two things at work here:

  • You naturally work better, faster, and more efficiently when you’re crunched for time. You don’t have 16 hours a day to work during this challenge, so your conscious and subconscious will find ways for you to work smarter.

You’ll neither have the time nor the inclination to check out time wasting sites. You only have 3 hours– those dancing cats aren’t that interesting. You also won’t feel the pull to do something fun while you work so hard because

  • you won’t feel like you’re missing out. You have 21 hours to do whatever else you’d like to do (assuming you don’t have an outside job– even then, your “free” hours truly become your own). Read a book, go for a walk, or watch tons of trashy TV if you want. The rest of the day belongs to you.

Do a self-evaluation after the experiment. Did you get more done than normal? You probably did– working a fraction of the time. Adjust your work day from there and think about what you have to do and what you really want to do. Those low-value time wasting websites are sucking away your productivity and time away from activities you really want to do.

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Writing Cheats #5 Change where you are.

Writers are creatures of habit. They do the same things the same way. Sometimes, this works well– maybe you have a lucky chair or desk you write in. Sometimes, though, this sameness causes things to go stale– and it shows up in your writing.

If you’re feeling stuck, bland, or uninspired, you need a change of scenery. Here are some ideas of things you can do to jumpstart you physically, mentally, and emotionally:

  • Do something you’ve never done before.
  • Go to the beach and brainstorm or write there.
  • Go to a busy Starbucks or local cafe and write there.
  • Go for a walk through the woods by yourself with no electronics.
  • Take an entire week off with no access to electronics.
  • People watch for an entire afternoon
  • Read something in a genre you’ve never read before
  • Re-read your favorite book from childhood
  • Call someone you haven’t called in a while
  • Apologize to someone you need to apologize to
  • Pay the toll for someone behind you
  • Spend the day on a farm
  • Visit the “poor” section of town
  • Volunteer in a homeless shelter for an afternoon
  • Visit the ritzy section of town
  • Dress up like someone you admire
  • Read about the life of a writer from two centuries ago

… you get the idea. It’s time to break out and do something completely unexpected. You may have heard this advice before, but you likely haven’t seen anything like this list before. One or more of those ideas stood out to you. Now, do them.

You’ll come back to your writing with a new perspective, a new jolt of creativity, and total freedom to write something awesome much more quickly than you would have had you just stared at the blinking cursor for hours on end.

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Writing Cheat # 4 Take away all questions before you start

Some writers try to write with only a vague notion of what they are going to write about. That can work for some writers, but you might not be one of them if you struggle with writer’s block, inconsistency, plot holes, and a number of other issues that will sink your Kindle book.

Many writers “interview” their characters before they sit down to write. They pretend to have their characters tell them about their lives, past, present, and future. This is a really great technique, but let’s take it a step further. You are going to ask your characters how they feel about everything that happens in the story.

At this point, you likely have your major plot points figured out. But, every writer has experienced the frustration that comes along when they just don’t know how to move the plot forward or how to solve a plot hole that doesn’t make sense. Stewing about these problems can put a giant kink in the works. It’s almost impossible to move forward if these questions are hovering over you, unanswered.

Here’s what you can do instead– answer these questions ahead of time. No, you can’t predict every question or issue you’ll have. But, you can be way ahead of the game and can be prepared to solve any issue that comes your way.

List the major plot points you have planned. Then, interview every character who will be affected or even present at the time of the event. “Ask” your characters what they saw, who they saw, what they felt, what happened (for them) before and after the major plot point. Remember to do this for each character in turn-even minor ones. This helps you see the plot from all angles so you can plug up any holes. This can be as quick or as detailed as you want to make it.

Now, when you run into questions or aren’t sure what to write next, you can just look at what your characters told you. You’ll never get stuck and your writing will be even more powerful and creative.

You can also do this with non-fiction, to some extent. It depends on your topic and your goal.

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[Video] Must See For All Writers – Ray Bradbury on The Joy of Writing

I was totally blown away from this video of Ray Bradbury giving important tips of the joy and wonder of writing. You can see he had a total love of writing and is very inspiring to bringing out that love of writing in others, perhaps you too. Check it out and please let me know what you think in the comment box below. Wonderful advice from a truly amazing and gifted writer. Feel the love…

 

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5 Things Writers Can Easily Re-purpose, Getting More Mileage From Your Work.

How to get more mileage out of that good stuff you know is good…

Your work doesn’t have to be used just for one thing. Re-purpose.

Your blog post could be recombined into articles.

Take your articles and combine them into new books,

Take fragments of your books and use them for posts or articles.

Those articles could be turned into podcasts.

Out of print books can be scanned ( I used Bound Book Scanning but do a search for book scanning) and put into digital copy to publish on Amazon etc,

Other things to look at for re-purposing is interviews you may have done, power points you created.

Get the idea?

Share some of the things you re-purpose in the comment box below. We’d love to hear your ideas.

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Writer’s Secrets Vol. 2 – Writing About Famous People You Don’t Know

INTRODUCTION
Lucky you! You have arrived at the rest of your life. What you
learn in this chapter you can use and profit from every single
day you remain alert and willing to learn. In short, we here
today begin your great adventure.

Barbra Streisand has a signature tune that goes like this…
“People who need people are the luckiest people in the
world” (from the film “Funny Girl”, 1968). And this applies
especially to writers, for everything we write will be almost
entirely, if not exclusively, about people.

In this chapter, I’m going to give you the essence of what it
takes for you to rise high and triumph as a writer. Let us begin
at the beginning, as a writer about people and their multifarious
activities.

To begin this chapter, I suggest that you read the five portrait
articles I have written and included in this book… about Abigail
van Buren, Arthur Godfrey, Jacques Brel, Elizabeth Taylor, and
Pete Seeger. If you do, my comments will be more
understandable and useful to you. I have written hundreds of
profiles, ranging from the completely unknown subjects, to the
household names. Indeed, I am one of the major profile writers
of my generation. I want to pass on my mantle to you. It is worth
having.

To begin at the beginning.

As I have said to you before, the actual physical act of writing
should be the last thing you do to succeed as a writer. Good,
solid preparation skills are required. Start by reading each day,
a standard metropolitan newspaper. In it, you will discover
thousands of names and stories. Some are obscure, some of
transitory interest, others of cosmic significance.

Your job is to be totally at ease with humanity, to the extent that
you are bold, and even audacious. Your job is to understand
completely all aspects of humanity in all of its manifestations…
good, bad, but never indifferent.

Make it a point, each day, and I do mean every day, to read
through every kind of story and determine which ones would be
of the greatest interest to the greatest number of people, and
which can benefit from your peculiar “eye”.

You may ask, ‘What is an eye?’ Simply this: it is the inner
compass that enables you to immediately determine the value,
standing, and significance of any particular person or subject.
In short, what is worth writing about, who is worth writing about,
and what or who deserves to be dismissed, without further ado.

In any given day, by following this methodology, you will find
one to ten new subjects you can write about. I have a scientific
way about dealing with these potential leads. I take a pair of
scissors and a big box. I put my newspaper page over the box,
and cut out the articles which promise to become, in my
practiced manner, my next articles, hence, my next successes.

My aim at this point is clear and simple: which people and
subjects are of the greatest importance and value, interest, and
excitement. In other words, how can I influence the greatest
number of people, get the greatest possible response, and let
us not forget, the most money. For one way or another, there
must always be that.

Your job is to keep looking for subjects every day of your life,
until your box, no matter what its size, is overflowing with
possibilities. And when I say overflowing, I mean precisely
that. I have drawers in my office filled with ancient clippings for
articles which are still (mostly) relevant to write.

Next, review your clippings and prioritize the subjects you want
to write about. I advise you to write about subjects which have
a long shelf life. For example, presidents of the United States
and other high political figures of nations worldwide, movie stars
with proven careers, or ones that look likely to succeed.

Write too, about legislators of note, and scientists who are
engaged in momentous tasks.

Write too, about sports figures, particularly those who look like
a good long term investment. Think also of authors, and your
fellow writers. Think of people who are on the cutting edge of
any aspect of human affairs. Who is looking out for aliens in
outer space? And who is rushing ahead with a microscope and
a microbe, destined to change the world?

Keep in mind, that any individual person, given the precise set of
circumstances, is worthy of your pen. Remember, writers do not
merely report, we are visionaries. We see beyond the present
realities, and hoist our colors to any significant mast. We do not
merely report the news, that is for lesser souls, we explain the
news and the people who make it.

Now let us look at aspects of the five articles I have provided in
this volume on –

Abigail van Buren, Arthur Godfrey, Jacques Brel and Pete Seeger

 

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The New Writer’s Secrets Series Vol.1 is Released

Just Published Writer’s Secrets Vol.1…

“How to write About Famous People You Know”

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant

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This may seem like a strange topic to open this series with so why did Dr. Lant do it?

He choose this topic because as he writes

“I have started with what could be construed as an advanced class
because once you master this, you will be able to gain
access and commendable results from any famous person
in the universe.

You will never say, if you have ever said, and might truly say,
that you have nothing to write about… like a woman going to
a closet full of gowns and saying “I have nothing to wear”. You
will never say again, having mastered this chapter, that you have
nothing to write about. Master these guidelines, and fly high…”
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