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!
Writing your first book? How is it going?
Before we tackle the 'You Don't Have the Structure' Critic, look to your heart. What is driving you to write? Is it the benefit to other people? Is Is that why you are writing the book? Or is it the joy and pride you will feel when it is done. Is what is driving you the skills that will be learned along the way? What's your heartfelt reason? What's in it for you?
What is the beating heart of your story? The story is inside of you. It wants to come out into the world to be seen and heard. Why does it want to be heard?
You are going to give birth to the story. Are you prepared for the pain of birth? And what is that pain? Part of it comes in the form of imaginary, critcal voices in your head. They will tell you that you don't have the structure for writing a book, they will whisper, they will laugh, they will scorn and scoff. There are ways to prepare yourself for that.
Use the critical statement
You can change the critical statement to a question
When your Critic says "You have no structure," it means "You would benefit from having some structure." That's all. Do some research and find out what structures look and feel good to you. Go to the library and look out some books in the same genre as you wish to write. What structures do they use? You are free to choose any structures you feel like, try some.
You will not know which is best until you have tried the rest.
You must kiss many frogs before you find your prince.
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.
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Martin Richards is a teacher, a business communication trainer and a certified coach.