Show Up, It’s the Secret

[found on writing.ie; by Carol Tallon]

“Turn up, keeping turning up and don’t forget to breathe!

While this may not sound original or particularly enlightening, struggling writers should focus on this as a first step.  Turn up and keep turning up until it no longer requires any conscious effort.  You might not be in the mood to sit at the computer, and you may even feel that it is a waste of time if your mind is blank, turn up anyway.  The ego of a writer is a great thing as it means we will not tolerate a void, regardless of whether that void is in our mind, in conversation or on the screen in front of us.  Our aim will be to fill that void.  It’s a compulsion. Give into it. Over time, with discipline, your words and ideas will be transformed into concepts that can be shared with the world.”

For more tips from Carol Tallon, click here.

[found on http://www.writing.ie/resources/tips-for-writing-non-fiction-from-carol-tallon]

Schedule…or Never Make It

[found on authormedia.com]

“How to Make a Writing Schedule That Works For You

Pull out one of those giant calendars from Office Depot (or use a Google Calendar to sync with your smartphone). Start putting your deadlines in red on the calendar and then place the calendar somewhere next to your writing zone. Consider these deadlines sacred; the world will stop if you don’t make them.

If you don’t have a deadline, get one. Writers wither without deadlines….

Once all the deadlines are on the calendar page, see if there are any recurring themes within the articles. If there are, consider making that your theme for the month. This will not work in every scenario, but if a theme appears, take advantage of it. Think of it as the foundation of the platform you are developing that month.

Creating an editorial calendar may take a few hours, but it will save you time in the end.”

For more great tips on writing from AuthorMedia, click HERE.

[found on http://www.authormedia.com/how-to-creat-a-writing-schedule-that-works-for-you]