I think that mother nature must have designed people for working at different times of the day.
Write Your Book in 2 Days
You are welcome to join the new writers on the 2-day workshop. When you plan how you will make the best use of the time. only pay attention to how you prefer to work and plan accordingly. You will see that every participant in the workshop has their way of working.
Some of us get up early in the morning make a cup of coffee write for a couple of hours and then are done for the day. Others spend a little longer in bed get up go to work come home cook dinner help the children with their homework do the washing up and then sit down and write for a couple of hours past midnight.
10 minute limit
Mother nature designed us all to work differently. Some of us sit down and work for hours and hours and hours and hours and hours. Whilst others find that after 10 minutes sitting down they have to get up and walk around. It is as though our bodies were designed differently.
Personally, I've tried getting up early in the morning. It doesn't work for me. Occasionally I have been woken by a powerful dream full of ideas which have compelled me to get up and get the ideas down on paper before breakfast. Occasionally.
The same happens later in the day, occasionally I cannot go to sleep because I haven't written down the ideas on paper. And when they are written down I fall asleep exhausted I noticed that it's past my bedtime.
I no longer hold myself to any particular routine when writing, I am in the position where I can choose to write when it's the right time. Perhaps if I was limited to writing early in the morning, or late at night the results would be better. I don't know. I don't keep to the plan, but I still plan.
I use Google Calender to plan my writing times. Easy, huh!
You might be surprised to hear that in this highly technical world that most writers write with a pen on paper.
I really enjoy that phase of writing because I like to cover my desk with paper, it looks like I'm doing something. Once I have got to a point where the desk or the kitchen table isn't big enough to cope with all the notes that I have written I then turn on my computer and pick up my favourite authoring program.
In the early days of my writing I used to Microsoft Word almost exclusively but as my books became larger I moved to Scrivner as a way of capturing ideas and organising them. I have a new program called Scribus, but I haven't used it very much, it's supposed to be very good at layout allowing authors to lay out the text in a way that is more complex than the multi column page layout that you can get in Microsoft Word.
What's your favourite?
When you start writing your book, you might start with the title, or you might start with the contents. In the end, what really matters is that you start.
For one of my books the title of the book came first. It came to me very clearly whilst I was talking to someone about the book I wanted to write. The title seemed to fit in with my mission and spoke to me in a way that was irresistible. I just loved the sound of it. Whilst I was writing the book I was able to refer to it by the title rather than saying "I'm writing a book" or "the book". It really helped me to focus on what I was doing. I could plan it in my diary by name. Having the title helped me to explain to other people what I was doing, "I'm writing a book called xyz, it's about..."
Title first, and second
For another of my books the title kept changing. Of course that might be partly due to the fact that I was writing the book collaboratively with someone else, who had different ideas to me. It helped to be very flexible about naming the book until we were both ready. At one time when we had written all the text for the book and were in the process of proofreading, we noticed that the heading on the left-hand pages was different to the heading on the right hand pages. We had named the book twice, and somehow had kept both names.
No need to over-think it
The contents of my earliest book came to me in a rush. I simply wrote down 12 titles of each chapter and that was it! Unfortunately that has never happened again. Nowadays when I sit down to write a book, the chapters seem less clear at the beginning and usually evolve over a period of time. Perhaps I'm making it difficult for myself? I know that a lot of thought goes into thinking of the best titles for each chapter and nearly all of those ideas get thrown out because in the end there can only be one title for each chapter. Often it was the first one I thought of which I eventually chose.
Write Your Book in 2 Days
Writing a book in two days forces you to make decisions quickly, to not overthink it. Usually what you come up with in those first moments of thinking is good enough. By moving quickly you will allow your intuition to influence the choices you are making. And that lends towards a better book.
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Martin Richards is a teacher, a business communication trainer and a certified coach.