“Just remember, writing is easy. All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead.” ~ Gene Fowler
#1: INTENTION COUNTS: Successful writers understand that singleness-of-purpose is a potent force. There’s no room for wishy-washy: “I have several books in my head, now if I could only find the time to write.” One never FINDS time to write; one MAKES time and commits to the grind of it all.
#2: CLARITY IS POWER: Be specific in your mission for your book. If you can’t write even one-page précis or a simple paragraph of what you’re hoping to communicate, you may not be ready to write a manuscript just yet. Ask yourself, “What do I need to share with others?” If nothing arises, just make your first move.
#3: WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW: Think of giving a talk on your favorite subject or sharing a fascinating story to an interested audience. Talk to them in a relaxed way and let them in on the little-known facts and insights you have garnered about your subject matter.
#4 SEPARATE THE CREATOR FROM THE CRITIC: Our creative, even prolific, writerly-self will not emerge if we’re impatient, scowling in judgment, or trying too hard to sound like our favorite author. What helps me is to give my “inner eighth-grader” a chance to express herself first.
#5: WORK TO CONNECT NOT TO IMPRESS: As a lodestone attracts metals, “like” attracts “like.” Instead of pretending to be impressive or charming in your storytelling—remember even a memoir is a story you tell—know that you are most readable to your readers when your humanness is showing.
I say, “A writer is one who writes.” So don’t wait to be a great writer someday, just begin!
Jennifer Manlowe (PhD) is an author, educator, and Self-Publishing Advisor with over 20 years of experience helping people create their first book. Her joy is to help you launch your heart’s desires in your writing, publishing and marketing your book.