Her no nonsense approach on sharing her writing information is refreshing and inspiring.
I also read from time to time articles from "The Creative Penn" by Joanna Penn, another great inspiring author.
I'm finding, that maybe for right now I need to take a step back on all the how-to books that I have been reading. All great books mind you but I am overwhelming myself with too much information. Even though I've tried to apply a daily writing schedule, I'm not quite there yet.
I've learned that you must first write a rough draft for your book, then rewrite and clean-up the first draft after all the writing is done. Well I find myself often writing and rewriting the same chapter over and over again, a different format and verbiage but still basically using the same materials.
I really need to let go of getting it all perfect on the first writing pass.
I'm working on that, being a perfectionist, it's not easy, so far I'm definitely not using my writing time effectively.
Major change needed!
I'm also trying to find my best time of the day to write. Since I'm not really a morning person, I've been trying evenings, but when I've had a really busy day at work, my writing energy will often go right out the door.
Weekends so far have been my favorite writing time but again if I don't let my own self or busy work get in the way.
Even though I do have a particular space in my home assigned for writing, when weather permits I really enjoy sitting outside on the porch to write. I find it quiet, calming and inspiring.
So right now, I'm still working on getting all my ducks in a row so when I do sit down to write, hopefully I'll be more focused and able to concentrate on writing, just writing and nothing else.
Changing creative hats is not always an easy task and can have some challenges but the new hat is well worth the effort.
I welcome any questions, sharing or comments you may have.
By Danielle Manibog
“Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them.
They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures,
and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals
rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them.”~ Jack Canfield