This is the mainstay of my author events discussions: How to start and finish your book in 2018
1-Write every day at a set time that works the best for you.
2- Keep a diary for notes, take the diary with you wherever you go. It can be a paper diary or on a device. I use OneNote & a paper diary. Bookmark content that inspires you on the computer.
3- Set a certain quota of pages per day you want to write.
4- From the get go, have an end in mind as far as finish date, and a visual picture of the final product.
5- What do you want to accomplish with your project? In other words why are you writing your book or screenplay?
6- Go with the evolution of your plot and/or character. It will surprise you, but go with it.
What do you do when you get a writer’s block?
You continue to write. It’s the only way to fight it. Maybe you write about something else, and then come back to the first writing project, but you write.
Picture yourself as a long haul truck driver, who’s taking a load of avocados from Mexico to Michigan. It has to make that distance to the store before the produce rots. You can stop along the way, but eventually you have to deliver the avocados to the store.
So, you start out with really hard not ripened avocados, and on the way they ripen, just like your plot and/or character. Maybe along the route you add-on asparagus, and pineapple.
But, you really can’t stop that truck, right?
7- On that long lonely route, you will doubt yourself and so will others. But, in the end it’s the deliverance of the produce that really matters.
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My next event is the Calvin College Festival of Faith & Writing from April 12 through April 14.
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