Read my Book Writing Project (BWP) update 7. How I was stopped from doing something I loved - writing.
Published by Nigel - 15/10/2018
1. I gave myself weekly / monthly targets of how many words to write so I would treat it seriously and push myself along.
2. I added to my policy – “Do not write and edit at the same time”.
|Chapter||Word Count||Date Started||Date Finished||Time Taken|
|One||3066||5/7/2010||9/3/2011||8 Months 4 Days|
1. Set up a nice quiet space you like to be in (with no interruptions).2. Make sure you’re not tired and have eaten well. Having a dull mind will spoil your writing flow and your book. I write when I feel rested regardless of how many hours sleep I’ve had, just as long as I don’t feel tired. I also eat healthily, eat protein, take vitamins, and drink sugarless drinks. All this helps me to stay alert.3. Don’t write if you feel stressed or exhausted. If you feel stressed or exhausted go out and take a walk for a while. This can help you de-stress and unclutter your mind.5. Use a computer. This may be way too obvious but I have to say it in case it does get overlooked. I would definitely not attempt to write by hand. I have a laptop with a robust keyboard as I’m a little heavy fingered when typing so don’t want to ruin my laptop keyboard. Replacing a new desktop keyboard is cheaper.6. Don’t worry too much about grammar at this stage. I’m not a grammarist and I don’t worry about whether or not an apostrophe is in the correct place or not. I just get the story down.7. Check the meaning of words. When I write, words pop into my mind that I’m a little unsure of their meaning, so I always check in a dictionary to make sure my understanding is correct. I find if I don’t check them I get a little stuck and slow up. So making sure you look up the words you are uncertain of helps speed up your writing progress. Get yourself a good dictionary.8. Don’t listen to complex theories on how to write. I’ve looked on the internet about “how to write” and some of the university and college courses are so complex and pedantic you would actually never get any writing done. My tip for you; is just write and let it flow. Keep it simple and enjoy!