Here’s an interview I did recently with Dave Chesson of Kindlepreneur about selling books on Kindle. You can listen online by clicking the play button above or read the transcript below. If you’d like to download the audio to listen to later, click this button:
Have you ever written a paragraph in your book, rewrote it, written another paragraph, and then went back and rewrote that too?
And on and on and on…
An hour goes by.
You realise you haven’t written anything at all. All you’ve done is rewrite the same part of your book.
For years, I wrote like this. I worked on my stories and ideas, and I spent hours tinkering with my sentences, moving the nouns around and looking for the right verbs. This is a terrible way to write, and in this post I’ll offer you an editing checklist and explain how to use it:
Do you sometimes wonder if your writing is good enough?
When you read through that first or second draft, you know something’s not quite right, but you’re not sure what.
Well, with a little bit of practice and a willingness to learn about writing, you can improve the quality of your prose.
In this post, you can find five powerful writing tips that will help you, whether you write fiction or non-fiction.
Writing is a tough, demanding and lonely craft.
You’ve got to think of an idea, figure out if it’s worth writing about and then get the words down on the blank page in a room, by yourself.
Even when you’ve got this part of the creative process under control, it’s still your job to turn up and write every day, to publish your work and to find an audience.
The journey of every writer is marked by creative, personal and business challenges just like these.
I wanted to find out more about these types of challenges and how today’s professional and successful writers overcame them.
So, I asked 22 top authors and fiction writers one question:
What was your greatest writing or creative challenge and how did you overcome it?
This is what they said.
“Whatever it takes to finish things, finish. You will learn more from a glorious failure than you ever will from something you never finished.” — Neil Gaiman
Let me guess.
It’s stuck in the bottom of a drawer in your office.
Or maybe it’s lost on your hard-drive.
Or perhaps it’s sitting in a notebook in your attic.
I’m talking about the stubborn writing project you gave up on because it was too hard to work it out.
I know it’s there, because almost every writer gives up on a writing project at some point.
I’m no exception.
I stuffed dozens of short stories in the back of my drawer and gave up on publishing them.
And I let second and third drafts of a book rot in my computer.
Giving up on a writing project is a mistake, and it’s one new writers must avoid.
If you want to become a writer, finishing what you started is one of the best habits you can cultivate.
What You Get When You Finish Writing What You Started
Get to the end of your writing project, and you’ll get: