If you are anything like I was, you’ve been saying to yourself that you were going to write your book this year, but 5 years have passed. I am a published author now, and with these 3 quick tips, you will have your book complete faster than you thought.
Keep a Binder or Notebook
One of the biggest challenges of writing a novel is keeping all of your ideas in one place. With a binder or notebook, there is little to no flipping through to hunt down information. Your notes are intact in one place. Plus, when you know your material is in one place, it motivates you to write more and faster.
Join a Writing Community
As I mentioned in one of my earlier blogs titled 5 Myths about Writing, There are some aspects of writing you should do internally, but having a group helps with the writing process. Writing groups provide accountability and feedback. With this process, you can become a better writer faster than learning alone. And this is the premise of Ignited Pens. We are a community that encourages, inspires, and motivates you through writing.
Write Without Editing
According to Anne Lamott, everybody’s first draft is messy. The goal is the process and not the product. If you worry about editing, it slows down the writing flow because you switch between writing mode and editing mode. You can’t be creative and critical. Just writing keeps you focused on the main thing, finishing your book. Also, in Lamott’s book Bird by Bird, “…the first draft is the down draft — you just get it down. In the second draft, you fix it up. You prove to say what you have to say more accurately. And the third draft is the dental draft where you check every tooth to see if it’s loose or cramped or decayed, or even, God help us, healthy.”
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