As you know, I mentor writers. My aim during our mentoring is not only to help writers achieve their goals, but also to provide them with writing strategies they can use day after day, and year after year.
Although what you write may change, the fundamentals of writing don’t. Wherever you are in your career, if you’re not enjoying the success you want and deserve, the reason is always that you don’t have the right strategies that you can pull out of your toolbox.
With the right strategies, you’ll become a more confident writer, and you’ll eliminate years of struggle.
All the writing strategies you need
I created the first version of Angela Booth’s Top 70 Writing Tips: Write More, Improve Your Writing, And Make More Money 12 years ago, for my students. After watching their struggles, and realizing that I’d dealt with the same things, I created the program.
Over the years, I’ve refined the strategies, adding exercises to each one.
Here’s an example from the ebook, which helps you to manage resistance. Every writer encounters resistance. You need a tool in your writing toolbox so that you can manage it.
Break Through Resistance to Your Writing in 11 Minutes
You’re about to turn on your computer, and you hesitate.
You’re not in the mood to write. You’re too tired. You’re sick: you’ve got a sore throat, it feels all scratchy. And you should check on the baby again, before you settle down to writing.
Welcome to resistance.
Here’s the good news. The resistance you feel when you’re about to write is NOT resistance. Your mind is just switching gears. You’re changing states of consciousness (mind states.)
This change can be uncomfortable for several minutes – for precisely 11 minutes, in fact. That’s how long it takes to change from your normal everyday beta state of consciousness to a “writing” state. If you’ll flick the computer on, sit down and start to write, within 11 minutes you will be in your perfect writing state.
Stick it out for 11 minutes. You’ll be glad you did. And when you hear people talking about writer’s block, or being stuck, you’ll smile.
Exercise: Create a Writing Ritual To Eliminate Writing Resistance
Professional writers develop rituals to help them to conquer the 11 minutes it takes to switch mind states. Your personal ritual can be quite ritualistic – some writers light a candle, or say a prayer.
Other writers listen to music, or complete a crossword puzzle.
I like to do five minutes of personal writing. By the time I’ve found my notebook, have decided on a topic or a question, set my timer, and done my personal writing, at least 11 minutes have passed. Then I’m relaxed, and inspired, and am ready to begin my writing for the day.
Your writing ritual can be any activity you choose.
One writer I know has a collection of (expensive) fountain pens. He sorts out his pens, cleans a couple, refills another, and before he knows it, at least 11 minutes have passed, and he’s ready to write.
A tip: beware of activities like reading email, or surfing the Web – these activities tend to become too engrossing, and keep you stuck in a non-writing mind state. Your writing ritual should be relaxing, so that your worries and anxieties fade.
Create your own writing ritual, so that you can conquer resistance
As we’ve said, writing resistance appears when you’re stuck in a “non-writing” mind state. Some writers become so distracted by resistance, they wander off into discursive thinking.
Within a few minutes, they’ve convinced themselves that: they can’t write today, they have too much important work to do.., and besides, the project they’re working on won’t sell, and moreover…
Resistance will fade. Give yourself 11 minutes… 🙂
Angela Booth’s Top 70 Writing Tips: Write More, Improve Your Writing, And Make More Money
You’ll find writing tips to help you to write for the Web, write books, novels, articles — anything you choose to write, or must write. Become prolific, and eliminate procrastination.
- How to let your subconscious mind do the work of writing for you — tips which ensure that whatever you’re writing, whether it’s a short story, a novel, or anything else — you sit down, and have words flow from your fingertips, without even thinking about it. You can get into the “flow” of writing easily, so that you write FAST and well;
- Ways to structure your writing — you can use these forms to write anything you choose, including articles, short stories, novels, blog posts…;
- Five ways to turn off your inner editor — and three ways to bring him back when you need him;
- How to develop your imagination: see it, and believe it, so that you can achieve any goal you care to set. Discover how to change your self image as a writer — so you can become the writer that you really are…
And much more. Check out the ebook now.
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