Writing Hack—Practice Writing “the Mundane”

Writing Hack #17 of 33 Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Craving to Publish

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #17 Practice Writing Normal Stuff by Deborah S. NelsonOne of the best ways to hone your writing skills is to write about normal everyday things. This is such a great writing hack because it asks that you practice writing on something to which you are not emotionally attached. You can objectively review if how well you have written about a common incident. And, everything you write in your journal has the potential to be used somewhere down the line in one of your books or articles.

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitWhen you write a piece about something normal, did you make the common and boring more exciting? Are you able to add exciting descriptions to normal objects, events, or situations? If you are a fiction writer, did you make an exciting story from a normal thing? Can you develop a character simply from observing a person walking by you? This is great practice on the various writing situations.

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Practicing writing about normal situations can help shake you out of the doldrums or even writer’s block. However, if you are following the 33 Tactics for Aspiring Writers you are not very likely to experience writer’s block. More likely, you might find yourself stuck in an area or a chapter in your book. Take a break and just practice writing about normal everyday things.

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack—Books You Want to Write

Writing Hack #16 of 33 Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Craving to Publish

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #16 Books You Want to Write by Deborah S. NelsonNow that you have written a chapter or two, and are well on your way to writing your first book, a great thing to do is to start making a list of the books you want to write.

You may have already started this, but this writing hack has you getting organized with the books you want to write. I have noticed with my clients, that once they write and publish their first book, other book ideas start to pour out, or other books that have been started but not finished tend to pop up.

To make the best of these ideas and inspirations write these ideas into your journal or goals book. Then, to keep these ideas from flying away like a bird, go ahead and write a table of contents for each of the books. You will find that once you write the table of contents, the chapter ideas and inspirations will flow to you!

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I like to tell my clients that “One book written, does not an author make!” We need to keep the words and booking flowing if we ultimately want to make a living as an author. Keep those book ideas coming, but write them down and include a table of contents with each book idea.

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack—Write a Chapter

Writing Hack #15 of 33 Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Craving to Publish

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #15 Write a Chapter by Deborah S. NelsonThis writing hack is based on the famous quote, “How do you eat an elephant?” You eat it one bite at a time. How do you write a book? You write it one chapter at a time. Now that you have created a table of contents and have thought of some great ideas for chapters, you will easily be inspired to write a chapter or two.

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing ToolkitSometimes a chapter can be found out of nowhere! You may have written an article or an entry in a journal or something else that can be transformed into a chapter to fit into your table of contents. Often, one chapter will naturally lead to the next and will give you an idea and inspiration for the chapter that should follow. And before you know it, if you continue to write daily and stimulate your creative juices, your book will be complete.

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Simply by writing that first chapter, you are now in the process of writing a book. As soon as you successfully complete one chapter, repeat the process as soon as possible, and make it a habit. This is where all well-known published authors started their writing career. Congratulations! You have started to write that book you have always dreamed of writing!

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack—Table of Contents

Writing Hack #14 of 33 Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Craving to Publish

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #14 Table of Contents by Deborah S. NelsonIf you are implementing these writing hacks in order, then you are ready to start writing a book. The first task to do is organize your book. In order to do so, write a table of contents. This will help your words to flow.

When writing a table of contents, keep in mind the average non-fiction book is 16 chapters long, and the non-fiction book is two or three times that much. The average non-fiction book is about 140 pages and the average novel is usually over 300 pages. This will give you a rough idea of how to organize your table of contents.

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Everything in writing can change and evolve, so your TOC does not have to be perfect the first pass. It will help you begin writing chapters. Sometimes you will write the last chapter first, or a random chapter in the middle of the book. Once you have the basic structure, you can fill in the gaps as you become inspired.

One of the tools that could be helpful to you at this stage is Publishing Your Book Blueprint. This book is a journal-type book which teaches about all the front matter, including the table of contents, dedication, preface, foreword, and all the back matter as well. This is the organizational framework of a book and can be used as a journal as well. You may purchase the Publish Your Book Blueprint at our Dream to Publish Shop.

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack—Get Organized!

Writing Hack #13 of 33 Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Craving to Publish

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #13 Organization by Deborah S. NelsonThe most effective writers have a strong sense of organization. All of us are unique and organization might look different for you. But the bottom line is writer’s heads need to be clear of turmoil in order to write clearly.

This means writers need to take care to protect their inner landscape. Distractions can be disastrous and therefore it becomes necessary to clear emotional conflicts and struggles. Clearly, a lot of writers take their material from their own life challenges. However, the challenge must be resolved in order to clearly create written alchemy from those situations.

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This writing hack dovetails with writing hacks #8 and #9, the “Get Honest” and “Clear Your Mind.” Organize your life! This means get plenty of sleep, eat a good diet, do regular exercise, even if it is just a daily walk—and keep your writing area clean and organized. Make writing a pleasant experience and reward for your efforts to prepare your writing time and space. Becoming a successful writer has to do with you becoming “your best self,” and a certain amount of organization is necessary for you to be able to tap into your purest creativity.

Maslow’s Hierarchy suggests that survival is necessary before we can access the self-actualization levels at the top of that chart. Self-actualization starts with self-organization. Organize your life and your mind little by little and you can be sure this investment in yourself will pay off in the quality and quantity of your writing.

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack—Zen Writing Space

Writing Hack #12 of 33 Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Craving to Publish

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #12 Zen Writing Space by Deborah S. NelsonIn writing hack #11 we talked about writing tools. I want to speak more about the tools in your writing space—and how to design a Zen writing space. If your space is clear, your mind is clear. And if your mind is clear you can write with clarity! Your writing will be organized and easy to understand.

But how do you create your zen writing space? For starters, you need three basic writing tools.

1. A quiet space

2. A desk

3. A laptop or notebook and pen

Since everyone is different, these are going to vary. For example, my writing space became a 3 month sabbatical to the Caribbean. Now my writing space is in the Caribbean. I know that seems a little drastic, and not everyone can do that—but you can do more than you think you can.

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Rent a room in a neighbor’s home or maybe use a family owned vacation property. Take a month off, weekends away, or even dedicate an entire vacation to writing. These times and places can become your writing spaces. Be creative. Let go of all your normal ideas. Wake up earlier or stay after work for an extra half hour to write. Spend a little time contemplating a creative way to create an amazing writing space for yourself where you look forward to going each day to write..

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack—A New Love

Writing Hack #11 of 33 Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Craving to Publish

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #11 A New Love by Deborah S. NelsonAssuming you have been implementing all the writing practices thus far, you may realize by now that you have a new love—the love of writing. You may have already realized this, but acknowledging that you have a new lover is helpful. Friends and family may be jealous and try to pull you away from this lover, without realizing it.

Every relationship requires an investment of time, money, and energy if you expect the relationship to thrive. Your relationship with your writing is the same. Guard your time to write jealously. Do not let others pull you away from your writing time. Do not take your writing for granted. Invest the time, energy, and money in your writing avocation. If you need a new laptop, a desk, or other writing tools, be sure to make the investment, so that your writing may be easier, faster, and better.

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Speaking of tools, my site dreamtopublish.com offers a multitude of writing tools. If you are writing a book Publish a Book Blueprint is a spectacular guide which teaches you about organizing your manuscript in preparation for publishing. Do you know what the difference between a foreword and a preface is? Learn all about the organization component in a book, and prepare your manuscript for actual publication today.

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack—The Art of Writing

Writing Hack #10 of 33 Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Craving to Publish

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #10 Art of Writing by Deborah S. NelsonLearn the difference between the art & the craft of writing. The art of writing supersedes the craft. Seasoned authors are not concerned about spelling, grammar, and punctuation, because that is a distraction. Trained editors and proofreaders clean up writer’s work. Spend your passionate energy on the story you have to tell. Passion is what will drive your writing to the end.

Instead of being worried about the craft of writing, just let it rip. Do not be self-conscious or judge yourself. You can polish later. Simply write as you speak to get your story to flow. Flow your words onto a journal, or onto your blog, or word processing program. Your focus as a writer is to write with passion and tell the story, or teach your wisdom. The art of writing includes being present as you write. Bring the present into your writing to make exciting and intriguing for you and the reader. Avoid phrases such as “he was,” “there was,” “it was.” If you bring the present into your writing it will automatically be fresh and enticing.

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Let go of perfect. The reason deadlines have become a standard in the field of publishing is to get it done. Perfectionism is one of the biggest traps in publishing. Understand that all major publications do contain printing errors. Get a good editor and proofreader, and then go with it. The art of writing makes it more important to tell your story than to hoard your story.

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack—Clear Your Mind

Writing Hack #9 of 33 Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Craving to Publish

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #9 Clear Your Mind by Deborah S. NelsonThis writing hack has to do with setting the tone even before you sit down to write. Clear your mind before beginning to write. A cluttered mind makes for cluttered writing which will be difficult for the reader to follow. In today’s world of videos, gifs, movies, and TV shows, the act of reading requires more focus and time. Therefore, writing must engage the reader, and be clear, and concise with no tricky edges, or complicated concepts, if we are to keep the reader until the end. The writing needs to unfold in a clear, chronological and organized manner.

A cluttered mind, with emotional issues, mental challenges, can also keep you from writing anything. You sit at your writing desk and all you can think about is a conflict you had with your mate this morning, your to-do list or other your own insecurities. The best way to clear your mind is to do 5 minutes of deep breathing, meditation, or yoga. Whatever way you prefer to empty the space in your mind and connect with your creativity needs to be a daily habit. Once your mind is clear the words can flow and your writing will be easy to follow.

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Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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Writing Hack—Get Honest

Writing Hack #8 of 33 Writing Hacks for Aspiring Authors Craving to Publish

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker

33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish: Writing Hack #8. Get Honest by Deborah S. NelsonThis writing hack is the bottom line for writers. When you write, whether it is journalism, poetry, fiction, or non-fiction you must be transparent. To create a bond between author and reader, the author must be honest. Making up a false character is fine for the narrative, but not fine for the author. The writing piece is not about you, and as the author, you need to stay out of the way of the story. Let the story take on a life of its own, by simply being honest as you write. Do not confuse the narrative with a story about who you are. Keep it simple.

In addition, as a writer, an incredible practice you can develop is to cultivate a practice of being honest with yourself. Keeping it real, as a person (and as a writer) will activate the flowing words! As a writer, you will constantly need to be connecting with “the muse” or “your source” and to do that, you’ll need to be transparent enough to let the story connect with you. Then, and only then, can you communicate the message to the reader.

Are Your a Wannabe Writer? Try 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish by Deborah S. Nelson

Deborah S. Nelson is an aspiring writer who has written and published 22 books to Amazon.com in the past nine years. She has worked inside a publishing house and written at least 400 online and offline articles. She claims she is still an aspiring writer addicted to the thrill of publishing—both your thrill and hers. That thrill is what propelled her into publishing coaching—and keeps her hooked!

Be sure to check out Ms. Nelson’s do-it-yourself writing kits at the Flash Book Writing Kits and our DIY Self-Publishing Kits. Buy all the 33 Writing Hacks for Those Craving to Publish at the Dream to Publish Shop.

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