It has been a very busy week around my home…
As if yesterday, the book is now at 162 pages! I don’t expect it to be a terribly long book- I’m aiming for at least about 180 pages. But, it should be a very good one nonetheless. Quality of the pages over quanity, yanno?
Writing this book has become quite an education. I would like to share some of what I learned with you, Dear Readers, in case any of you also are writers, or are considering becoming a writer:
- Writing is work- never underestimate that. Just because you aren’t digging ditches for 80 hours per week doesn’t mean you aren’t working. Take care of yourself, & don’t work too hard. Learn your limits. Take breaks as needed to regroup- it will enable you to be more productive when you do write.
- Take you writing seriously. If you don’t, no one else will. It doesn’t matter if you have published 70 books or none- if you want to be a writer, it is a valid career choice.
- Set reasonable goals. I read somewhere once that Stephen King writes 2,000 words per day, every single day of the year. That is a very reasonable goal.. for him. I’ve learned that I don’t want to write every single day- some days, I want to goof off & go shopping with a friend or knit or just watch scary old movies. Some days, I have other things to do, like work on my car or clean my house or take care of a sick pet. Rather than beat myself up over that, I use his 2,000 words as a basic goal- on the days that I do write, I make myself have a limit of 2,000 words minimum. Some days, I write just that, & others, I write 7,000. Depends on the mood. If I’m only editing my work, there’s no goal for a word count.
- I also set reasonable goals for completing a book. When I first started writing my current book last year, I thought I could finish it fast. I had trouble with it, & became discouraged very fast. I couldn’t write for several months, & discouragement was partly why. When I started the book over again, & got a feel for how it was going this time, I set a goal to finish it by the end of this year. Realistically, I think it will be done much sooner, but if it isn’t, I’m still at my reasonable goal.
- Be patient & understanding with yourself. Don’t beat yourself up when writer’s block happens. It happens to everyone, even the greatest authors.
- Remember, quality over quanity. Better to write 2 great books in your career than 1,000 mediocre ones! Or, better to write books of 150 pages that are amazing, than 900 pages of trash.
- Be true to yourself- write what you are comfortable with writing. Fiction or non-fiction, if you are comfortable with the topic of your book or article, it comes through, & makes people interested in your work.
- Inspire yourself. Whatever inspires you to want to write, focus on it as much as possible.
- Lastly but most importantly, I pray before I write every time. I ask God to help me create this book for His glory & to help many, many people. I also invite Him to help me write. Doing that helps me write easier & better.
I hope these tips help enable you to become the great writer you can be. 🙂