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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.

 

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7 Reasons Why You As An Author Should Be Blogging

Many people see blogs as a great place to express their opinions.

Now let’s take that one step further and look at the many other benefits blogging has for authors or want to be authors.

7 Reasons For Authors to Blog

1. You develop a following. Your new content given on a regular basis gives your readers a reason to stay connected with you and your topic.

2. You create tentacles. Write content that engages people and brings them to your website. Make sure to include your share buttons to make it easy for people to spread your content around.

3. Earn better search engine results. Google and other search engines love fresh content to categorize. The more active and relevant your blogging is the higher ranking your search results.

4 Hone your craft. To become a good writer you need to be writing and what better way then to apply your craft with your weekly blogs.

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6. You will get to know your industry. You’ll want to position yourself as a resource for your topic which will make you always on the lookout for news, trends, and fresh ideas relatete to your subject matter. This makes you even more of an expert and a go to person!

7. You will create interaction and community with your readers. With blogging you can have a space for people to leave comments. Your blog posts are excellent for sharing on your Facebook page too to have people sharing it. ( you do have a Facebook page right! Follow Writers Secrets at http://www.facebook.com/Writerssecrets )

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