DO AND DON'T OF WRITING
Thank you for visiting my blog. Today I have a quick read for the aspiring author of faith as you prepare to write your book. Below I expand upon the visual infographic. Let's dive into the do and don't of writing.
Don't try to write when you're tired. Writing is a purposeful act and requires attention and focus. So if you’re tired it’s best to take a nap and then write later from a place of rest.
Don't try to do everything yourself, such as editing and book cover design. I am an advocate of using the wonderful tools, technology, and writing apps available to fast-track your writing.
Don't give up. If you dream of becoming a published author, you can achieve your dream. Do not allow excuses. We are all busy, but when you're determined to write a book, you will rise above the circumstances that may distract you from your goal.
Don't wing it. When you're writing a book, have a plan.
Don't write too much. Yes, I said. Quality over quantity- and keep it simple. I recommend aspiring authors set a goal of writing a 120-page book to start.
Do schedule your writing. Good times are 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. or 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. These questions below will help you determine a writing schedule to fit your lifestyle.
What is the best time for you to write?
Are you a morning person or a night person?
Do you have children?
Do you work during the day?
Do stay diligent - I recommend a schedule of at least thirty minutes of writing a day, five days a week if you want to finish your book in thirty days.
Do get in the flow. The flow is when you start writing and it comes out with ease. You write freely without fear of perfect spelling. Time flies when you're writing in the flow.
Do get help. For example, consider help from a writing community, writing coach, or consultant.
Pro Tip: Do create an environment. A writing space can set the tone for your writing to flow. You help your mind shift into a writing mode when you set up a writing desk.