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Getting to the Business of Writing

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You should be creating  content on a weekly basis to keep your audience coming back to your platform, to keep your brand fresh in their minds.

Creating  Content

You should write daily in order to find your voice and improve your writing technique. You will be creating content for your blog and you should schedule that into your writing time. If you’re looking for ideas for what to write about, turn to what you know. If you’re a writer than chances are you’re learning new things every day, and not just things related to writing. What you are experiencing, what you’ve seen, and what you’ve heard are all great content inspirations. You have an endless amount of topics to choose from to meet your daily writing challenge.

Writer’s Block

Writer’s block does not exist. You can write about anything, including your inability to write. Your failure to put words on paper stems from your expectation of what you may produce or the subject you want to write about. You should eliminate distractions so you can focus on your writing when the scheduled time arrives. Carve out a good time of day for the task and prepare your environment beforehand.

By writing every day, you exercise your ability. So when it comes time to write things like a scene for your book, it will flow almost effortlessly from you and you’ll experience no writer’s block at all.

Editorial Calendar

You want to take the time to step away from your writing but have a set schedule to get to the task of editing it. You have taken the challenge to write every day, regardless of what it sounds like so you should also be committing to a strict schedule to edit.

It won’t all sound amazing after you’ve taken the time to get a fresh perspective. But now with a fresh set of eyes, you can rework your words into usable content.

Writing Well Consistently

Once you make a habit of writing every day, the ideas just come. You get into a flow state where the words just come naturally. The more you write, the more you’ll have to say. If you make that commitment to show up then your writing will consistently improve. Eventually what you have to say will become more compelling and more persuasive.

It’s true that the writing will be difficult at first, but your commitment will pay off by bringing you the success in writing that you’re aiming for.

Give yourself the liberty to write like crap. Remember that writing is something you learn by doing.

Must Have Writing Tools for Story Outlining

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Tools and Templates for Your Story Outline

As a writer, I am a planner. I am a huge fan of outlining a story or book and find the process extremely enjoyable.

Brainstorming

Planning your book with a story outline is a great way to break it down into small writing goals, each with a focused idea.

What I love about brainstorming an outline: I can think up an idea, break it down into major scenes, and get an overall feel for the story I’m wanting to write. I can follow a general story arch and make sure that my major scenes are occurring where they need to. It’s a fun exercise that allows me to see the whole story idea come together before a word of it is actually written.


Tools

Scrivener is the number one tool writers use to write their books. It has great options for storyboarding/outlining. It formats your book for uploading to your publisher. Go check out everything this program has to offer. Honestly, if you don’t have Scrivener, I strongly suggest you make the investment. Below is my affiliate link.

Buy Scrivener for Windows (Regular Licence)

If you have Scrivener, another great tool you may want to try is Scapple. Scapple is an easy-to-use tool for getting ideas down as quickly as possible and making connections between them. It isn’t exactly mind-mapping software—it’s more like a freeform text editor that allows you to make notes anywhere on the page and to connect them using straight dotted lines or arrows. If you’ve ever scribbled down ideas all over a piece of paper and drawn lines between related thoughts, then you already know what Scapple does. Plus, you can drag your notes right into Scrivener.


What’s Great About Outlining

  • Outlining breaks down your story idea into small enough segments that you can write about them in one sitting.
  • You can focus on one scene at a time and know where the story is heading so you can really dive into the scene with confidence.
  • You can add details concerning character development to the story arc. I actually add to my outline, about a paragraph on what’s going on in each scene, or what needs to happen, and what’s changing or coming to light with the characters.
  • You can set a milestone goal for each scene and reward yourself each time you’ve finished one. Rewarding yourself along the way will make you more apt to continue with a writing routine.

Books

Here are some great books I recommend if you’re looking to learn more about outlining.

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Templates

For those of you who are wanting to get started right away, here are some templates that you can post up as references to help you as you work through your outline. Although there are several different plot themes you could use and many different methods of outlining, in these templates you’ll find a basic outlining method that works well for most works of fiction. However, I highly recommend reading one or more of the books above before you begin.

*Right-click on the template to save to your computer and print. Images should print as 8.5 x 11 inch or you can choose your own printing options if you’d like them smaller.

Step One: Some basics to consider before you start your outline.

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Step Two: Some pre-outline questions that will help you get started.

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Step Three: A layout of a basic story structure for reference.

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Step Four: A story outline template with the story structure highlighted where it should appear within the story arc.

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How to Strengthen Your Writing With This Proven Ability

Some of you may think today’s blog post doesn’t really fit with the business of writing, but I couldn’t disagree with you more. I honestly wouldn’t have thought of taking this approach to improve my writing and just happened to by accident. It has worked well enough that I believe it’s a method worthy of sharing, and I’m actually super excited about it.

You Are What You Think

Do you suppose it’s possible that you’ve programmed yourself to be the way you are today. That you may be not as healthy as you’d like, not as happy as you’d like, or you’re just not living the life of your dreams.

We all know that we are supposed to be optimistic and positive because it is better for our state of mind, but I don’t think we always realize just how much that inner voice effects our quality of life. We tear ourselves to shreds with self judgement, we are a constant judge and jury to the world around us as well. It is easy to get taken over by negative thoughts, it’s as if positive thinking requires diligence. So we suffer because we have accepted our thoughts as our normal way of life.

Today is not a good day to suffer. There is no time like the present to begin to change the way you think and to change your life.

The brain can physically and chemically change as you do this. It’s scientifically proven that you can rewire your brain. This can extend to any health and fitness related issues, and your overall happiness.

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Lucky Charmed

I did an experiment and tried thinking differently for two weeks. I was just feeling stuck in the same old rut and I knew my life was due for a change. So I figured it couldn’t hurt to try and I know I naturally feel better when I’m more aligned to the positive.

And something happened, I am noticeably happier, I’ve written a ton, I have lost ten pounds. I built up my business to a level I only dreamed of as a child and founded my publishing company. I signed the author I wished I could sign. I got a new computer and a top of the line graphics program that I needed for free from my computer repair guy. It’s a $2500 program and he gave me the license and everything. This was perfect timing because my graphics program just took a nose dive and it won’t even reinstall.

I just can’t believe how lucky I am recently and I swear it’s from changing the way that I think.

And there’s more! I was upset that an old jacket of mine didn’t fit anymore and I need a leather jacket to go on a motorcycle ride this weekend (also something I’d been wishing for). And abracadabra! I look in my closet, and hanging there is this beautiful leather jacket that I vaguely remember arriving in a free bag of clothes months back. So I pull it out and it’s absolutely beautiful. I try it on and it fits like it’s tailor made, very flattering. I’m in shock, I can’t believe it.

In the space of two weeks my life has totally taken a turn for the better and I truly believe it has to do with what I’m broadcasting out into the universe. It’s like magic.

I believe our thoughts really do become things. I believe that by changing your mind and beginning to think more positively, and by showing gratitude, the world around you improves and miracles begin to happen.

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Use This Ability to Improve Your Writing

So what I propose is this. Use this ability to improve your writing, not only it’s quality, but for quantity. I am getting bombarded with new ideas every day and it is so incredibly invigorating. I can hardly keep up with myself. I’ve been hand writing and going through tons of paper.

I think what changed is this: Every day I write a note to myself that says “I am a writer”. And I am more than ever as of late. I learned this trick recently from Jeff Goins who I’m sure you’ve heard of. But if you haven’t you should definitely check him out. He is inspiring and his advice and books are very helpful.

So you do the same, just try it, it can’t hurt. Write down at the top of a blank page every day “I am a writer”, and see if it doesn’t move you to write more and even write better. Just be sure to spend at least 30 minutes every day writing about whatever you want while you are thinking your positive thoughts.

I will do a poll in two weeks, for those of you that are willing to try this challenge, and see how  you believe it has affected your writing. This will be fascinating.

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The Method

So here’s what you do. Start journaling every day. When you first wake up in the morning, before you do anything else, write down three things you are grateful for. It’s important to be honest, don’t be grateful for the things you are supposed to be grateful for, be thankful for the things you really feel grateful for, like chocolate milk for breakfast, the crazy dream you had, the fact that your not so tired today, whatever you can think of.

Throughout the day, pay attention to the thoughts your are thinking and the things you are saying, how you are reacting to the world around you. The thing you want to accomplish is to take all of the thoughts that are no good and replace them with thoughts that make you feel good. So if I was angry that some jerk cut me off on the freeway, instead of thinking all those hateful thoughts, I sent out a prayer that they wouldn’t get hurt or get busted for speeding. That made me feel good. Screaming and cussing at him, or grumbling about it wouldn’t change the situation and would put me in a bad mood. So you see, I’ve already changed my future. Just by doing these two things I am putting myself in the right mindset for miracles to occur.

Choose not to watch the news or your regular programming and instead do some reading , writing, or watch something educational or enlightening. The news is just about the most depressing show on television and can actually make you think negatively, which can have a negative effect on everything around and inside you. Some of the shows you watch, they are just mind numbing programming to keep the sheep pacified, they aren’t promoting your personal growth or improving your health and well being.

If you want to change the way you think, then you will have to change some of the things you do as well because they may promote negative energy. You don’t want that screwing up your good vibes.

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Make Your Dreams Come True

By thinking new thoughts you are actually forcing your brain to produce chemicals in a different way and you are actively rewiring your brain. Your brain tells your physical body how to behave, when you rewire your brain, you rewire your body. This is how your thoughts affect your overall health. Maybe that’s why I finally lost ten pounds, I wasn’t pissed off about my weight for awhile, I took a break from that negative pattern of thinking. Every time I was thinking how fat I am, I did my best to remember how I felt when I was in shape so that I could feel that happy feeling in the now. I think it worked. What am I saying, it did work! I lost ten pounds!

The energy you put out into the world comes back to you because everything in the universe is vibrating at a certain pitch. This pitch is like music that has a natural need to harmonize with what is around it. So negative thinking produces negative results in your body and in your world. Just as positive thinking will attract something that resonates with it both physically, and in the world around you.

If you think I’m crazy that’s fine. But when was the last time you walked into a room and felt someone staring at you, or got an awful vibe from someone, or maybe felt good just being in someones presence. These feelings and experiences are due to the energy being put off by those individuals, and your energy responds in a like manner. So it’s true that we are vibrational beings who resonate with the world around us.

Here are some great shows you can get for free over the next two weeks that will help keep you in the right mindset and will hopefully inspire you if you can keep an open mind. Why not right? Really, what have you got to lose, and you’ve got everything to gain: Personal-Development

Remember to change your way of thinking when you catch yourself being negative. Talk nicely to yourself. Think happy thoughts, like how it feels good to love, or how much it makes you want to laugh when someone else is laughing. I know it all sounds like Peter Pan and fricken fairy dust, but it works. Thinking happy thoughts will produce feelings which will trigger those chemicals in your brain. You should notice a difference in five days, and notice some magic happening by two weeks.

Don’t forget to come back for the poll 🙂 Here is some research for further study. The third article in the list is worth checking out, it has loads of vital information.


The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science

An astonishing new science called “neuroplasticity” is overthrowing the centuries-old notion that the human brain is immutable. In this revolutionary look at the brain, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Norman Doidge, M.D., provides an introduction to both the brilliant scientists championing neuroplasticity and the people whose lives they’ve transformed.


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What can you do to improve the way you think about writing? Let me know in the comments.