Writing: Week 2 – What I’ve Learnt

I am loving the book my hubby bought me for Christmas (pictured above, along with my other favourite gift this holiday). It’s a really easy read because it is broken down into tiny chapters with each one containing nuggets of wisdom and little insights on how to become a successful writer. It’s working wonders for my creative streak and every single day this week I have made the time to work on my own book. I’ve already etched out the bare bones of over half a dozen chapters, and have to say I’m pretty proud of this achievement.

2013-12-25 09.49.07One of the best pieces of advice I’ve taken from Mr. Ferris so far, is that rather than wait for bursts of inspiration one should just write as it’s the only way to get the job done. Even if yesterday’s efforts end up on the equivalent of a ‘cutting room floor’, your masterpiece will never get finished (let alone published) if you don’t just write. Often the only thing holding a would-be author back is their own fear and insecurity that what they’re producing isn’t good enough. I guess you could apply the same logic to just about any area of life.

Talking about the project here makes it real to me. Some folk prefer to keep their cards close to their chests when it comes to these matters, but I find that it helps hold me to account. 


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  6. Thank you so much. I agree, too much in life is put off for fear of getting it wrong… But I feel it’s best to just do it. If the book’s crap and no-one buys it then at least I managed to achieve one of my life’s goals

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  8. Well done for making such great progress with the book. I totally agree with you about needing to let go sometimes and just get started. My blog existed for far too long in my head because I was scared to start in case I got it wrong. But once you get going you can surprise yourself. And if it doesn’t work out you can always edit or re-think things. The Stewart Ferris book sounds great. Might have to check it out.

  9. Thank you so much everyone for your kind and encouraging words. I’m getting a lot out of writing 🙂 Can’t recommend this book enough…

  10. Great post, and thanks for the book recommendation. I tend to wait for inspiration and it’s a massive block to progress. (Also tend to think inspiration will come at the bottom of a wine glass, like Hemingway et al. It doesn’t work for me!) Good luck with your book and I’ll look forward to reading it one day!

  11. If you don’t get started you’ll never get it finished, right? So yeah, I think it’s true, you should put the fear aside and just write… I’m sure you are doing great with your book. Good luck!

  12. Sound advice, anything gets done eventually by the power of elbow grease 90% and inspiration 10%! #WotW

  13. Wise words on writing and good of you to share them and news of your writing too.
    Bet you have helped loads of people as a result

  14. A great word – definitely one for the bloggers! This book sounds fab…I am sure that we have that book on our bookshelf – I shall have to have a look. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

  15. I think it’s great you’re talking about it here, a bit of an incentive too to keep going – not that I think you need that!! Can’t wait to read the finished book 🙂 xx

  16. Good luck! Sounds exciting- can’t wait to see how it all turns out!

  17. You’re progressing really well if you’ve already begun an outline. Often that’s the hardest part but will be a great guideline to keep you on track. I’ve written two novels in the past which “i’ve stored in the attic” so to speak…sometime I’ll dust the last one off and try to to rewrite it. I should get the book here you recommend.

  18. A book I need and a great piece of advice! Good luck

  19. Good for you! I can’t wait to follow your journey, so please keep letting us know how it’s going 🙂

  20. Sharon Powell says:

    Oh I might lok out for this book for myself! Good luck with writing your own 🙂 x #WotW

  21. Thank you for sharing your project with us! I agree – writing has to be practiced. I know I feel a lot happier about how my own’s progressing, now that I’m making the effort to do it regularly through the blog….

  22. I like the idea of committing to something more openly as you’re more likely to stick with it, at least that’s my approach too. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  23. Sounds like an interesting book to read, I hope it helps you to write yours #WotW

  24. It sounds like you are moving forward with the writing, well done. That sounds like a good book, I might take a look myself. x

  25. Good luck to you! Sounds like you’re doing really well and I hope it works out for you.
    Don’t forget by blogging you are also writing. It might not be contributing to the plot of your book, but you are still honing your writing skills! Practice makes perfect 🙂

  26. Sounds like you’re already making great progress. And no, don’t ‘shurrup’ as it’ll be lovely to be a part of your journey. Thanks for joining in with #WotW x

  27. What a thoughttful Christmas present – best of luck with the writing.

  28. That looks like a great book – I might have to get a copy myself! Well done you, making sure you find the time to write. I’m also trying to write a book but find it very difficult to find the time what with parenting and blogging and everything else! A wise person said to me with regard to writing/self doubt/procrastination “don’t get it right, get it written” Which I think is true – we could put writing off forever because we’re so worried about getting it wrong. I use this idea with blogging some of my work too – even though what I have written isn’t perfect, I figure I should get it on the blog otherwise I’m tempted to just hide it forever! I love #prose4T for sharing work. I’m interested at hear about your writing project and will be checking back here! good luck. x #PoCoLo

  29. Well done! I would love to try and write a book, but I am not creative enough. Hope it goes well for you x

  30. Ooh I remember you saying you got this as a present and I thought its the perfect thing for a budding author. I would love to finish my “book”…when I say book, I’ve written about 3 pages so far!

  31. Well done for making the time. Looks like a great book – good luck with yours! X

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