So you’ve shrugged off criticism.
And writer’s guilt? Gone for now!
But someone approaches you with a profitable offer and, freed of fear and doubt, you say, “Yes.”
Here are a few tips on tackling a big writing job…
On the fiction side, try some prewriting strategies.
There is prewriting. That’s good.
And then there’s prewriting hysteria. Not so good.
Create a basic framework as a starting point and let inspiration and imagination fill in the blanks.
However, if you’ve signed onto a previously promoted two-month ‘finish this!’ program, well, just ignore the first draft suggestion above.
Hey, it’s the writing life! No one said it would make sense.
The voice is back.
Today’s message: “Forget this aimless pastime. Spend time with family, friends, pets, yard work…fill in the blank. Something constructive, something that leaves a mark.”
[Notice I didn’t mention the dirty dishes.]
Hang in there. Today’s haunting is just another version of resistance, another creeping doubt meant to undermine your creative work.
Suggestion: write a quick note to ‘the voice’.
Other than this brief authorial detour, make it clear it won’t deter you. [Nice that you’re engaging in the very activity the voice wants to inhibit, by the way.]
Use a large font size. Print it out. Post it above the computer.
Some folks even name the voice and put a face to it. Sounds like a hint at the next entry…
You’re feeling a little lost. Your efforts have been disjointed and erratic.
You don’t want to bother your writing buddies who are busy with their own projects.
A little inspiration, a little guidance would be nice.
Enlist Honoree Corder.
Her notable work You Must Write a Book ** will inject enthusiasm and purpose to your projects, whether non-fiction (her specialty) or fiction. Within a page or two, her sincere, almost urgent, style and salient points have me reaching for a notebook. [Like I said, ‘a notable work’.]
Need any more encouragement? Check out these Goodreads testimonials.
Sample the book here.
**No affiliate links here!
I’ve added two new components to the prewriting mini-course.
- Using Images to Add a Visual Element to Your Prewriting
- Conversing with Your Characters
Here’s the link…https://wordinventions.blog/prewriting-course/
In the next week, all components will be assembled in a Teachable course.
If you’re interested in joining that version of the still-free course, just fill out the form below or email me at the address below.
Yes, I want to take the prewriting course!
Any questions, suggestions, or requests? firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve been sharing components of my prewriting mini-course and will continue to add to this page. So far, I have posted the ‘using a concept list’ video, with two samples, and a 23-point ‘James Patterson on outlining’ PDF.
I will be combining them all with additional resources in my Teachable course, but for now, if you’re interested…
This page can also be found by clicking ‘Menu’ in the upper right corner of this page.
Let me know if you have questions: email@example.com .
For now, it’s time for: