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.
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Martin Richards is a teacher, a business communication trainer and a certified coach.