1. Think about your writing journey, plan it, plan where you want your writing to take you in easy steps – 3 months from now, 6 months, 1 year, 3 years. Approach your writing journey just like you would if you were taking an actual journey by plane, coach or whatever.
2. Writing is about understanding story and how to create it. Do you know how to create a story? If you don’t, you are not ready to write your book. You need to learn how to create story so that you can then develop your story…and write it creatively.
3. Are you yearning to write – but don’t know what to write about? This is common. Start with writing exercises to help trigger thoughts and memories. Remove your edit button and just start writing, see what happens. You don’t have to show your work to anyone, so just free flow and get into the mode of writing.
4. Have you written 10,000 words + and feel your story is going nowhere? If you feel there is something missing while you are furiously writing your book – there probably is. Think about seeking advice on your story and your writing – don’t continue to write 80,000 + words that you are unsure about. Think of all the precious time you are going to save by getting your story ‘right’ before you commit your story to the page.
5. Have you a story to tell but don’t know how to approach it or are afraid to tell it because it may upset x, y or z in your life? There are many ways to approach getting your story onto the page, sometimes what you don’t say (in the way you leave it out) can say even more than what you write. It’s an art, it’s an art that is worth learning!