Writing Tips 101 by Darlene Foster

Writing Tips 101 by Darlene Foster

Getting Started

A goal without a deadline is just a dream.

You have a great idea for a book. You’ve thinking about it for a long time, probably years. But you are too busy with a job, kids, aging parents, volunteer work and life in general. So you put off writing the book. But it is always there, nagging you, begging to be written.
Sound familiar?
For many people writing a book seems like an insurmountable task. So they never even start. That is where the problem is, thinking about writing a “book”. Like any large, time-consuming project, to make it happen the task needs to be broken down into doable amounts.
A good way to do this is to set goals – long term, med term and short term goals. These goals should be realistic and time limited. They will different for everyone.
The long term goal could be to have a book completed in a certain amount of time. on
your circumstances it could be six months, one year or more. I gave myself three years to write my first book.
The midterm goal could to write a chapter a month. In three years you could have a 36 chapter book completed. That sounds doable.
Short term goals could be to write for two hours a day, five days a week, that’s only 10 hours a week.
By giving up 2 hours of TV a day, you can do it!
The thought of writing a book doesn’t seem so overwhelming when it is broken down into baby steps.
In three years I had my first book written while working full time, raising children and having a busy social life, by using this method. I have written seven books so far, a number of short stories and articles using this method. Without it, I would have never started the first book and would still saying, I want to write a book someday.