And what about generating the words? In our previous discussions we’ve mentioned the importance of having passion for your topic. The following ideas are based on that premise i.e. that you want to write and that you know your topic. You believe you can add value. So what’s the problem? Busy lives that block us. Here are some ideas for getting the words appearing:
Draw up a timetable and make it visible. Decide when and where you will write and turn up. Even if you feel low, distracted and have got a cold (or all three) turn up and write. Out of quantity you can get quality.
Just write. Get the fingers to the keyboard or pencil to paper and write. Even if you are writing: this is rubbish , I don’t know I ever thought I could produce anything useful on garden design…., you must break the barrier of perfection. Of staring at the paper/screen and waiting for the perfect sentence.
Read about writers for inspiration: start with Stephen King’s excellent biography.
Set targets. 1000 words before the next coffee break. Proof two pages before the next cigarette.
Write a lot, write regularly. You love it, so why have the weekend ‘off’?
Quit the melodrama. You are not blocked: you are simply not writing.
Write without expectation of being judged or wanting to appear smart. Many critics have written little else apart from their criticisms.
Coming soon: on structuring, marketing and selling.