We live in a time packed with irresistible time vampires who either sneak around at night and suck the life out of us, or glitter seductively in the sunlight and lure us away from our daily work.
To write, both your story or your book, or your NaNoWriMo project, you must string together the garlic, make a circle and declare, this is when I write.
Don’t think about writing. Don’t exhaust yourself with recriminations and plans and guilt. Write.
Sure you say, but how?
The best way to get into the page and get into the writing is to limit the time. As we said in the opening class, give yourself that ten minutes.
Write. (Sensing the theme?)
Now walk away. This is critical, since you made a deal with yourself, a promise, keep that promise. Otherwise your subconscious, your Id will never forgive you and forget to call over the Muse next time you try to write.
So like any appointment, keep to the time, the place and length.
This approach has the advantage of allowing for success. Congratulate yourself for that ten minutes of writing. Celebrate 1,200 words (roughly). Celebrate showing up in the first place.
Allow yourself to feel superior and successful. So many times I meet people who are inordinately impressed that I’m writing something. You too can be the person who is “writing something”. Try saying it at the next business mixer, you’ll be surprised at the response!
After Tidying Everything Up
Write Everything Down
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Catharine Bramkamp is a successful writing coach and author. She has published over 300 newspaper and magazine articles in publications like Modern Maturity (AARP), SF Chronicle and Santa Rosa Magazine. She was a contributor to two Chicken Soup Books and has published anthologies of her work, non-fiction works and novels. Her work has also appeared in a number of poetry and fiction anthologies. She has experimented with the self-publishing world since 2001. She has published and self-published seven books through companies like Author House, author assist companies like 3L Publishing and through traditional publishers like Write Life. Her poetry collection, Ammonia Sunrise, will be released in August 2011 by Finishing Line Press and her mystery novel, In Good Faith will be released by Write Life in 2011.
Catharine holds a BA in English from UCSB and a MA in English from Sonoma State University. She is a 25 year member of California Writer’s Club. She is an adjunct professor for the University of Phoenix. She works with authors of both fiction and non-fiction to make their dream of producing a book come true. For more information on that, visit her at www.YourBookStartsHere.com
Catharine has lived in Sonoma County for 25 years and considers wine a food group. She is married to an adorable and very patient man who complains he’s never featured in any of her books. Her grown children who are featured in a few of her books have fled the county.