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I just got done writing more than 4,000 words of a novel.
Now some of you out there might be thinking: My God, 4,000 words. How does anyone write that much in a week, let alone in one sitting?
Well, boys and girls it’s easy if you just allow yourself to do it. Repeatedly, I’ve pounded on this theme of writing fast and from the heart.
That’s really all it takes. You can let loose with a torrent of words and still be writing a story of some kind. Yes. You really can, and I don’t mean a garbled mess of words and phrases that really don’t add up to much.
So what’s stopping so many authors from taking this route to writing? Why don’t more people who aspire to write books sit down and surrender to what’s waiting to come out them?
Are we reluctant to give up a couple hours or so a day to something we fear will turn out to be a vast waste of time?
I think so.
You know, fear constricts us in so many ways. And yet, this is such a minor fear, one certainly easy to push past. Once you overcome this fear, you’ll have won half the battle toward becoming an author.
Grab a piece of paper or sit down in front of that computer and let the words come. Don’t stop and think how to proceed. Don’t edit, for God’s sake. Just write, in a free-flowing natural state.
It’s the best way to write.
Look for my upcoming book, “How to Write a Book Without Going Crazy.” This book helps aspiring authors learn to write that novel or other work that’s long been simmering inside them. It’s full of advice and inspiration and includes stuff from my own writing life. Look for it on Amazon. More details to come.
So. Someone said your book sucks and you bought into it. You’ve spent the last few days picking up the pieces of what’s left of your ego. You’ve allowed a single person to sit as judge and jury of your talent, of all your hard work.
First of all, is the criticism legitimate? Chances are, it might be the result of some deep-seated loathing that person has against you. It could well be that the person firing off the shot at you is doing it out of self-defense. In other words, his work sucks. Maybe he’s never even written a book.
Remember, someone can only make you feel as bad as you allow them to make you feel. And what is one person’s opinion anyway? The fact is, there are books out there that suck, and yet they still get published and even praised by people.
If you truly like what you’ve written, stand by it. Sure, there might be some things wrong with it, but that’s when you go to work to improve those problems.
As the old saying goes: Opinions are like butt holes; everyone has one.
What is it that drives you nuts?
What makes you want scream at or punch someone in the face?
Stay with me here. This is a writing blog. We don’t want anyone committing violent acts, shooting up towns.
My point is this: We all have things that drive us bonkers.
Maybe it’s right wing Republicans for some of you out there. Others may loathe liberals to the very depth of their souls.
You could be one of the those people who just can’t tolerate sloppiness or co-workers who don’t pull their share of the load. What is it your husband, wife, or significant other does that really gets on your nerves?
How about some of the stuff that really matters, like all the injustice in the world? The many people who go hungry every day. The war veterans who don’t get proper health care. The destruction of the environment.
Pick a topic and run with it. It just may be your next book.
Remember. Tapping the emotions, the very soul, can be like pricking a bubble that’s been waiting to burst. Go ahead and prick it. Let the writing pour out.
Anger can be a good starting point for a story. But so can hope, passion, sadness, and even fear.
Find your story. Run with it. You just may have a book.
Are you one of those authors who spend far too much time checking your rankings on Amazon or Barnes & Noble?
Fear not. It’s perfectly natural.
We all want to be successful as writers, make a lot of money and so forth. But try not to become obsessed about how your book or books are faring.
Easier said then done, I know.
But think about this. You check the rankings, and the next thing you know, you’re looking at other books on Amazon. And then, forty-five minutes or an hour have flown by – time you could have spent writing that next book.
Ah yes. Writing. Why weren’t you spending that precious time doing that, or perhaps, marketing one of your books?
Have a great day.