Girls Write Out
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
There is always an excuse to not write.  Sitting down and allowing your imagination to work takes being still.  And in this day and age, being still is not easy since we all want to accomplish so much.  Writing a book takes commitment or you will never get to the end. If you don't get to the end, all  you have is a dream.  Making it happen takes drive and time in the chair.

Here are some ideas to make it happen for you:

1. First, decide if you're a plotter or a pantser.  Do you want to plot out your novel?  Or do your characters speak to you and tell you where to go?  That's the first step.

If you're a plotter, you need to sit down and plot the entire book.  Go ahead, you can fix it if it doesn't work, but this will tells you what your protagonist wants and what's he/she's up against.

If you're a pantser, you need to decide who your character is.  What does she want more than anything in this world?  What gets in her way?  How will she overcome it?

If you're either, write a one-liner that tells you what your book is about.  You can fix it later.  You're not married to it.

2. Next:  Set a word count.  On a good day, how many words can you get to screen?  Know your rate, and commit to an amount per week.  If you can write 2,000 on a good day, commit to 10k for the week.  That way, if you're short one day, you can write a little extra.  The important thing is that you keep going no matter what.  Life will always get in the way.  Maybe you'll have to get up earlier.  Maybe you'll have to take a pad and paper in the car while you're waiting at the dentist.  Whatever you do, COMMIT to that word count.

3. Write that word count even if you don't have anything to say in that chapter.  Because you know what?  The best way to know what to write?  Is to know well, that wasn't it.  Trust me, fixing something and even ripping it out is better than having nothing to fix.

4. Get a writing buddy:  Find a friend to challenge to say, 1,000 words in an hour.  You'll be working at the same time, and the competition will ignite you.

5. Get a kitchen timer.  Set it for fifteen to twenty minutes.  Maybe thirty if you're feeling really creative.  Do NOT do anything but writing until that timer goes off.  No email.  No phone calls.  No laundry changeover.  You are writing!

6.   Guard your time.  No writer can do it all.  Say no when you need to.  Take your dream seriously.  Go on, get busy.
posted at 5:49 PM  
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At 6:18 PM, Blogger Tonya said...

#3 was my favorite part if this! I've really hard to learn thatc doesn't have to come out perfect
"  Because you know what?  The best way to know what to write?  Is to know well, that wasn't it.  Trust me, fixing something and even ripping it out is better than having nothing to fix."

There's a lot of things I'm not very good at but I CAN knit & I've heard people say "if you're not ready rip. You're not ready to knit". The same is true of writing!

I've been really good about sticking it out the past few months & it's gotten me a rough draft that's resting before editing right now :)
I'm brainstorming a new story sort of. I'm a little stuck on the plot. But I have the beginnings of a character that I think you would actually find interesting, Kristin :) now if the rest would come to me , I'd be in good shape!

At 6:58 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Well, I'm not ready to knit, so that's good to know. LOL

At 9:19 PM, Blogger Mary-Louise said...

This was really interesting to read. Thank you.

My favorite part is about asking your own characters questions. I could go on in my head all night with that.

Signed; a Sarah Winowski fan.

At 12:01 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

it is so true! i have a hard time trying to sit down and write especially since my mom doesnt understand my passion for writing (this i inherited from my dad who had once been a journalist in mexico when he was 14). sometimes i have so much to say, other times i cant think of a single word to write. thanks for the advice. my kid sister is a hard taskmaster so she'll be my 'buddy'. lol

At 10:36 AM, Blogger freddikb said...

Thanks for the great tips. I have been writing for years and just last month I started keeping track of my daily word count, to help me figure out how much I can write in a week, what days are better for me. It's fun to look back and see how many words I wrote in a single day.

At 10:45 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

Freddi, good for you for keeping track. If you have a Mac, Scrivener will do that for you. It has a goal tab on the bottom that's red, it gets yellow as you get closer and green when you've made the word count.

Although the word count alone is enough, it's a nice feature.

At 12:17 PM, Blogger freddikb said...

Electonics and I do not mix very well, so I do not use it for too much. Im using a desk calender and writing down the daily count. Ive heard of Scrivener, but I do not know how that "relationship" would go :)

At 12:22 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I use about 1/100th of the program. Only the stuff I can naturally do. I'm not good with directions either, and I still have a written calendar. So I get it! LOL


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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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