Don’t Write Like You Talk
What I learned from agents & authors, publishers & poets
Clients often ask, what are the steps to writing a book?
There are steps and there are steps. Writing is personal and interesting and quirky. That is why there are so many books about writing, that is why there are so many suggestions, that is why I’m part of the problem.
When you are stuck writing – and if you’re reading this, you are, mosey over to Pinterest. There are countless Pinterest boards devoted to writing – from pithy quotes to fabulous infographics on how, what, who, colors, better words that “said”, better words that “you”. A nice selection of information and help. I have Pinterest Boards on writing so you can check them out. But I’m not the only writer on Pinterest.
In case those nifty infographics do not inspire – here is the first basic writing step.
(Just to continue the metaphor – no one learns to walk without falling down. A lot.
Remember that as you take those steps towards your writing project.)
Step 1 – start small with embarrassingly low stakes, goals and expectations.
I’m not kidding.
Examples of good first step goals.
- Today I’m going to think about my writing for ten minutes while standing in the shower
- This month I will write for 1/2 hour.
- I will stop talking about my novel (since I suspect my friends are bored with the plot already) and instead write down all the ideas that I like to discuss when well into my fourth handcrafted stout.
You may think, that’s just insane, those aren’t real goals, I have never seen an infographic listing goals like that.
Yes they are. Any activity that gets words out of your head, out of your summary speech for the academy awards which you know by heart, and onto paper, is a good activity.
Start there – take an initial step, clutch the back of a chair for support. Then tune in for additional steps right here.