Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Be A More Productive Writer

If you're like a lot of authors, you might have a little trouble from time to time being productive during the process of getting your book written. It's a challenge that almost every author faces at one time or another, but you can overcome it with these three tips.

1. Have a goal
2. Have an outline
3. Have a writing schedule

Beginning with your goal: What is your big, fat, hairy goal? What's your compelling reason for writing this book in the first place? What do you want to get out of it? What do you want your readers to get out of it? What satisfaction will you have once you're done with this book? That reason or goal is what drives you through the difficult points. When you have a reason and a why that's big enough, compelling enough, and personal enough, you will remain driven and focused during the times when life gets busy, when challenges come up, and when you're faced with the dreaded writer's block.

The second thing that can help you be a more productive writer is to have an outline for your book. Oftentimes, authors think they have a great idea and lots of notes and that they already know what their book will be like; however, they get stuck in the process because they don't have an outline. Whether you're writing fiction or nonfiction you need an outline. Your outline can be rough. Of course, you can adjust it throughout the writing process, but you need to have some idea of how your book begins, what happens in the middle, and how your book should end. That is what an outline will do for you. It will help you be a more productive writer because you'll know what comes next and it will keep you from having to make up things as you go along.

The third concept that will help you be a more productive writer is to have a writing schedule. Some people cringe at the thought of a writing schedule because it sounds much too structured. Creating a writing schedule seems almost impossible for people who have busy lives, but who doesn't these days! You have a plethora of other things to do besides write your book. But you have to make your book a priority; schedule it.

I'm offering you a free, downloadable PDF of a simple weekly writing schedule. You can download it here for free. It helps you structure your weeks to determine how much time you have to get your content written.

You want to develop your writing schedule and stick with it. Sticking with it is the key to success. That is when you block out everything else on your to do list except for writing your content. This is not the time when you ask your family, "Do you guys mind if I take a few hours and write my book?" No! This is the time at which you tell your roommate or your family, "This is my writing time. Do not disturb me for the next few hours; I'm writing my book."

These are some strategies that can absolutely help you be a more productive writer.

What other ideas do you have for writing productivity?


Anita Paul, known as The Author's Midwife, coaches aspiring authors to write a phenomenal book and helps current authors use their existing books to leverage their business. She is the author of the-book Write Your Life: Create Your Ideal Life and The Book You've Been Wanting to Write, and is the creator of the Write Your Life program, through which she has created a dynamic system to Write Your Book in 90 Days or Less. She has owned The Write Image for 15 years, and has had her freelance articles featured in over 25 publications in the U.S. and Canada. Anita is also the host of "Book Your Success".
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