Malik Sharrieff

Make time for writing!

To say that the world we live in is hectic has got to be the understatement of the century!

If you’re like most of us, with already busy schedules you’re probably saying, “How can I make time to write?”

With all of the responsibilities we have as adults it does seem impossible to make time to write in an already busy day. Once we get beyond our already packed schedules lie all of the distractions of family and convenient entertainment. Sometimes, we’re just plain tired!

However, the truth is that if you make the choice to pursue a goal that you really want, you will make the time to go for it!

Part of the reason we struggle with making time is because we know that it’s a huge undertaking. Writing a manuscript isn’t like writing a letter to a friend.

Completing your manuscript requires dedication, research, creativity, and last but not least time (and a lot of it). So when time is an issue, how do we conquer it?

Break it down into smaller segments!

Attack your writing project as if you were eating an elephant… one bite at a time!

Chop the project into more manageable portions and schedule their completion. Then, stick to the schedule!

Use whatever small window of opportunity you can grab until you can get your manuscript finished. If you have thirty minutes while your baby is down for a nap, take it!

An hour while your son is at soccer, take it! A lunch break at work, take it! Take your computer with you and write on the train on your way to work. If you’ve only got a couple hours every Saturday, then reserve them for writing. Even better, record your prose on your phone and then use those few hours you have to transcribe what you dictated earlier.

You’ll be surprised at how much you can get accomplished if you are creative, dedicated and efficient with your minutes.

Remove from your mind that you need huge blocks of time in order to write. A book is not written chapter by chapter; books are written one word at a time! If you change the way you look at the project, you can change the way you schedule your production.

Think about it like this… even if you write for thirty minutes you’ve advanced your story. Do that enough and you’ll see progress!

As long as you keep moving forward, eventually you will get to…

~ THE END ~

Feel free to comment or ask questions below, or discuss how you were able to use your time more efficiently to complete your latest project.

Until next time, keep writing!

~Malik

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Malik Sharrieff

Why Does It Take So Long To Write A Book?

I’m sure you’ve heard the stories of people who’ve written a book in 30 days. You may have even wondered why it’s taking you so long to write a book.

Can I let you in on a secret…?

Being able to churn out a book in 30 days is a rare talent. It’s even more rear to be able to produce anything that a publisher or a reader would consider quality in 30 days or less.

For the majority of first time authors it takes longer because there are fundamental aspects of writing you must learn first. Then, once these fundamentals are learned, it takes more time to master them. It’s only with this mastery that a writer is able to produce quality, faster.

As a publisher, I can tell you that writing your book(s) faster MUST NOT be your goal!

Instead focus on these production basics:
  • Strengthen your imagination: build your capacity to create so you can do so at will. You can produce much quicker if you aren’t waiting for inspiration to come,
  • Develop your writing skill: practice with short stories and flash fiction or articles (for non-fiction writers). Be ready and able to craft characters, conflict, climax and closing (or resolution). This saves loads of time with rewrites and revisions,
  • Take control of the schedule: You determine how you will spend your 24 hours each day just like everyone else, allocate specific times for writing and work that schedule like a job. Once you master the point above, you will be much more productive during writing periods and you will be able to plot your book’s ETA,
  • Develop a support team: writing a book isn’t all about the manuscript, get reviewers and copy editors in place before you start your next project. Make sure you have a publishing plan and that you have your production budget set aside or planned for before you start you next project. These concerns are major distractions and can easily derail a project.

 

It doesn’t have to take forever to write a book if you know the steps to take.

This is your dream and it’s worth the effort!

Feel free to comment or ask questions below, or discuss how you were able to increase your production speed.

Until next time, keep writing!

~Malik

P.S.:

If you have any questions, shoot us a note at the contact us page.

Malik Sharrieff

The 6 Things Writers Forget When Starting a Book Project

Almost every writer that I have encountered over the last 10 years of publishing has had the belief at some level that they are an artist practicing their craft. Somewhere in their mind there exists an image of themselves as the literary equivalent of Picasso or DaVinci, and that their next project will be a work of divine artistic expression.

In every case, these writers have been separated into two groups:
  1. Potential authors who can be convinced that authorship is a vocation and not some spiritual calling, and
  2. Those writers who can’t be talked down off this psychological ledge.

In both cases, writers need to be educated that writing is a process that must be practiced, refined and perfected.

The process of seeking perfection is specific to each writer. However, there are fundamentals that are almost always overlooked by writers until they decide to embrace the reality of the literary industry.

Here are the basics you need to remember:

  1. Don’t copy someone else’s wrong answers: You have to understand that your process will be different than for another writer because you’re different. Also, different projects may require you to adapt your writing process. Be willing to change if necessary.
  2. Plan your project: Break the project down into manageable portions and schedule the completion of each portion. Get a whiteboard or a notebook; I create weekly agendas in a Word .doc file. Whatever method you use, track you progress on each task and you’ll keep moving forward.
  3. Create a support team: When you are developing your book concept, start talking to friends, colleagues and family. Get them to commit to work-shopping ideas, copy editing, reviewing and doing grass-roots marketing. Having 3, 5, 10 or more people that volunteer to do a few small projects each to support your book will make an incredible difference in your production.
  4. Plan your promotional effort(s): Yes, you need to do this before you start writing! Once you have a solid book concept, you need to plan your marketing. Identify your target reader, find out where they access their entertainment options or can receive your marketing message, find out the things that stimulate them to emotion. Not only will this intel help you get their attention, but you can build it into your prose to win readers for life!
  5. Make a publishing plan: You’ll need a publishing plan sometime between establishing your story concept and completing the first 10 pages. Since you will need to be executing your publishing plan as you complete your book, you will need this in place as soon as possible (or sooner).
  6. Establish your budget(s): Whenever a new writer comes to Write On Press for consultative services, they are always asked the question, “What’s your budget?” for any project they are asking for support on. Nine out of 10 have no clue. The one writer in 10 destined for success will understand that they need a marketing budget and a publishing budget at the very least.
In conclusion:

Remember, being an author is a choice of profession. You have to prepare and train for it just like any doctor or engineer.

When you begin a book project, it’s like you are preparing to create a new product for distribution to a consumer market. Save the romance for your characters and focus on the business of literary success.

Feel free to comment or ask questions below, or discuss how you plan for your book projects.

 

Until next time, keep writing!

~Malik

P.S.:

If you have any questions, shoot us a note at the contact us page.

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