It’s every writer’s dread. “Writer’s block” – dun dun duuun! It just hits you out of nowhere and you’re staring at your computer screen, cursor blinking while thinking “now what?” The good news – getting rid of this thorn in your side doesn’t take magic. You probably won’t be able to avoid “writer’s block” forever but there are some things that you could be doing to drag it out.
Editing is what I love to do. Transforming my clients into more effective communicators is a part of my life’s purpose and it’s one of the reasons that I created The Quirk Life. It’s my belief that once you finish writing your manuscript, you should read over it before you ship it off to an editor. And when you do, here are 3 things to look for and correct.
It seems like everybody has an idea for a book. Of course I’m all for it! So when people consult with me about their book idea I start off with a series of questions. By the end of my consultation some people realize that they need to flush their idea out a bit more. Writing is serious business in my world and I believe that if you pour your heart and soul into it then it needs to have a purpose. Which leads to the first thing you should do before writing your book.
I literally write something everyday. Some of it doesn’t take a lot of thought: like journaling, writing letters or inking my plans for the week into my planner. Then there’s the writing that takes a lot out of me. Even though these assignments are my passion and calling in life they pull a lot of creative energy from and I need to focus to produce something of quality.
Lately I’ve been approached by people who don’t profess themselves to be ” writers” and they ask stuff like…
“How do you just come up with ideas like that?”
“How do you keep from getting distracted?”
“How do you do it?!”
I’m not just an editor. I’m a writer first, always. I’ve been penning books since middle school and one of my goals for 2017 is to completely finish the novel that I’m working on now. I’ve read and edited many books that start off strong and then get boring AF in the middle of the story. This is why some publishers and editors will initially ask you to send chapters from the middle of your book when they’re considering taking you on as a client. We call this the Messy Middle. It actually gives us great insight!
If you’re working on a book you’ll need an editor at some point. I know it’s tempting to save money by editing the book yourself but that’s such a bad idea. Your opinion of the book will be biased and your analysis of the book won’t be objective. But finding an editor that you’re comfortable with can be a challenge.
Can we agree that writing is just a part of life? There’s really no way around it.
Knowing the numerical value of Pi hasn’t enhanced my life. Identifying different dinosaurs hasn’t helped my career at all. But I’ve had to make my own resume so I could find a job. I’ve had to write letters and contracts. Writing is just something (I believe) everyone should know how to do!
But it doesn’t come easy for everyone. You know how some people just seem to be naturally good at writing? They pick up a pen and paper and come up with something that just speaks to you. And the whole time you read their writing you’re thinking to yourself, “That’s exactly how I feel but I just couldn’t find the words…”
As a freelance writer and editor I spend a lot of time making sure that my clients look absolutely fabulous on the communication front. In our tech heavy society, the importance of a good letter isn’t completely lost. Unfortunately a lot of opportunities and business partnerships are missed out on because of simple mistakes. So today I’m going to share some common things that I see in my line of work. Good thing for my clients that I’m here to get rid of those pesky blemishes!
It’s probably no surprise to you that I write in a journal. I don’t use it everyday although it’s great practice to do so. It seems that a lot of people use journals when they’re young, especially in the preteen years; but then stray as they get older. It makes sense because as adolescents we have so much going on (physical/emotional development, confidence issues, being separated from childhood friends) and may not always have a person to talk to about those changes. At that point in our lives a journal feels “safe.” But then we get older, busy. Journaling isn’t just for the youngin’s. Here are a few reasons to get back into using a journal today.
I have to thank you again and again for letting me touch your life through this little blog. It’s great to be able to connect with so many people and businesses from all over.
However, today is about you! I’ve been getting questions about a few different topics and I’m working on blog posts to answer them. In the meantime I want to encourage you to keep sending questions. It can be about anything. If I have an answer you’ll get it!
I mentioned before that this blog isn’t all about me. You play an important role and this is a community. Feel free to drop questions in the comments below or email me.
Until next time…