writing a book

Discipline and Writing: One of Many Resolutions for 2015

One of my resolutions for 2015 is to write more.  This is a huge goal because I have to do a ton of writing. A ton. No, seriously, a ton.

In addition to working on my nonfiction education book (for my business), I need to write more for my professional blog, my personal blog, a blog I write for a friend’s comedy show, various articles I publish, recaps and articles for DarkMediaOnline.com, and personal writing (including the novels I’ve been writing for years now).  Some of it overlaps, but most of it is 100% fresh and unique.

In sum, it’s a ton of writing on a regular basis.

To get it all done, I need discipline.  I need to focus on whatever I’m working on and not let myself become distracted by other things.

Of course, it’s easier said than done…but it’s still early in 2015. I have high hopes ūüôā

The Writing Bug

I keep seeing signs for flu shots. I can’t remember the last time I had the flu (which is why I avoid the shots).  Right now I have the Writing Bug.

I can’t stop writing. Last night alone I wrote three articles for a website.  Earlier in the day I wrote a week’s worth of blog posts.  Today I have a dozen ideas for things to write next, and new ideas for my book, which has stalled since Comic Con.

The Writing Bug isn’t a bad thing. The only time it poses a challenge for me is when I don’t have the time to write, when I’m driving, and when I’m supposed to be doing something else.  Clearly the Writing Gods have a sense of humor.

Even now, I’m writing this post and I have at least 6 more that I want to write.

I guess I should get on that….

On Writing: From Page to Screen

I think I’ve mentioned here that in writing my book I haven’t been able to really focus on writing when writing on my laptop. ¬†I’ve had far greater success writing things out by hand in my pink notebook with my pink pen. ¬†(Pink is very important!)

I’ve blown through more than one pen and I just finished filling a notebook, so now it’s time for the transcription to begin. ¬†I’m sure some editing will take place during the transcription, which is good. ¬†I’m still figuring out a system to get things into order given that I didn’t write anything chronologically in my pink notebook. ¬†However, I’m sure that system will come organically as we undertake this…ah…undertaking.

On Writing: Productive Procrastination

Sometimes my procrastination can be productive. ¬†Today I wrote a few blog posts (business and personal), Tweeted (again, business and personal) and sent a dozen business emails. ¬†I got a little writing done, and I’m mostly satisfied with it. ¬†Perhaps procrastination isn’t so bad when it’s done in a productive way.

Of course, if I keep procrastinating, I’ll never get the book done. ¬†*headdesk* ¬†The vicious cycle never ends….

On Writing: The Author’s Bandwagon

I think I’ve fallen off the bandwagon. ¬†Lately I’ve been so pressed for time that writing has taken a backseat to everything else. ¬†This is not good. ¬†

I’ve considered things like daily page goals, or word count goals, but generally I feel that with writing nonfiction, trying to work toward a word or page count goal could lead to a bunch of crappy writing. ¬†Instead, I’ve tried to write something solid, and if I’m satisfied with the quality, then I’m happy with the progress. ¬†However, I suspect that I’ll never get done if I keep this system going.

Perhaps there is a happy medium that I’m not seeing. ¬†For now, I’ll consider any progress to be good progress.

An Ode to my Coach

I have a business coach. ¬†As you might have read, I’ve been having trouble getting my book done. ¬†My book is tied to my business. ¬†I explained my challenges to my business coach, and by the time we ended our conversation I had much more clarity, along with a clear vision of how to proceed. ¬†My business coach is now my writing coach.

The benefit of having a coach is that he won’t hold back. ¬†He told me to refocus my efforts and head in a different direction, which is exactly what I needed. ¬†

A writing coach can be anyone, from a friend to a relative to a trusted colleague. ¬†The important thing is that you find someone who won’t be afraid to push you or challenge your ideas. ¬†The idea is to help you, not hinder you. ¬†Having someone who will keep you accountable and focused on your goals will only move you toward your end goal even faster.

So…many thanks, Coach. ¬†You’re the best!

Now…back to writing….

Reading to Help the Writing

I ordered a book last week and it arrived on Thursday. ¬†I’m almost done with it, and so last night I ordered another one so that I have a new book to start when I finish this one. ¬†They’re both business books by Alan Weiss and Marshall Goldsmith. ¬†(This is the third book I’ve read by Weiss and the 4th is due to arrive next week) ¬†The book I’m writing is nonfiction, and it centers around a philosophy I developed. Reading their books helps me to get my own book done.

I don’t think reading falls into my procrastination trap. ¬†I think this is more like research. ¬†However, I do find that I get lost in the books, to the extent that I’ve devoured several hundred pages in a few weeks. (I can read fiction much faster; nonfiction requires a different area of my brain, which is why I developed my own personal writing process)

On the one hand, I have tons of new ideas floating around my head. ¬†On the other hand, I haven’t done as much writing as I should have.

Again, this is why it’s a process for me!

Over the Writer’s Block/Procrastination Hump: Inspiration Strikes

All of a sudden the words are coming.  My trusty pink notebook has been within arms’ reach so that I can record whatever pops into my head.

The system is working.  Procrastination as a form of mental warm-up.  Write things that have nothing to do with the book so that the brain is tricked into doing nothing but thinking about the book.

Silly brain.  I have you figured out now….

On a Roll…The Words Are Pouring Forth

It’s funny how much writing I’ve done today. ¬†I laugh only because I am writing a little bit of everything. ¬†I have a solid outline that is my backbone, so I find myself writing a little bit here and a little bit there. ¬†I suppose that after a while, I’ll have everything done and none of it will have been done chronologically.

Is there any harm in this? ¬†I’m going to say no. ¬†

While it’s true that I eventually have to transfer all of these random pieces into the computer in some semblance of order, I’ll consider that part of the editing process. ¬†Indeed, I think that this will allow me to tighten up certain areas because I’ll throw some of it out and add new material into it as I go along.

Again, this is all part of the process. ¬†My process. ¬†As long as it’s working, why would I change anything? (That’s rhetorical…there are tons of things I could change about this nonsensical process of mine…I’m just not going to do it!)

Quick Musing on Writing

This morning I realized that I’d probably have a dozen books completed if only I wrote down all of the things I think about that never make it to paper.

Sometimes I’ll sit and think about what I’m working on, and I’m lucky if I can capture half of those ideas on paper.

This is why they say writing is a process!