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How Can Writing Change Your Life?

You want to write that novel that has been rattling around in your head for years. Or, you know you should write that non-fiction book for your business because you understand the principle that it is important to be seen as a business expert and a published author. But the idea of writing a 200-300 page book seems so overwhelming and intimidating that you just can't seem to get going. Besides, your book will be a success only if someone wants to read it, it is well written, and provides enough information that your potential readers want more. How do you do that if you don't even know where to start?

My suggestion would be to take a writing class, or an online writing course or a writer's workshop. Even if you don't think you can write a single word, or don't have a clue of what to write, or think you hate writing, if you get connected to people who know how to write, you will learn tips and techniques that will take your ideas and turn them into something worth publishing and maybe even learn to have fun when you write!

When I run an Our Little Books' Writer's Workshop, I have people set out their intentions for the day before we even start. I feel that if people put what they want to accomplish out into the nethersphere, then they are more likely to focus on what they want to do with their writing all during the day. I always include myself in this intention stating process as my intentions as the writing guide, are small. All I really want to have done by the end of the day is to change everyone's lives, even if just a little! As I said, nothing too big...

I don't expect major life altering shifts (although that has happened), but rather I want participants to walk out of there thinking a bit differently about themselves. I want them to be more aware of their writing and their ability to write. I want them to realize that writing will change them as a person and that what they write will change others. People don't write in a vacuum. You not only write for others, you write for yourself, and that process has to change you in some degree.

In an Our Little Books Writer's Workshop, we walk through connecting to your deeper self because before you can write for someone else, you have to know who you are. We talk about why YOU are specifically the one to write YOUR book. We spend a lot of time on stories because stories are the key to connecting you to someone else. We connect our stories to our passions and what we may be passionate about. We talk about publishing and spend time really defining who we are writing for (and it's not 'anyone breathing'!). We mind map our book, getting at least 10 chapter ideas to start. Throughout this whole process, we write, write and write. It is a writer's workshop after all!

What this process accomplishes is a much better understanding of who you are, how your stories connect you to everyone and how you can change someone's life with your book. That is a very powerful process. Going through that process can not help but change you in any number of ways, certainly the least of which is having you feel like a writer. Then you only have to take the next step and finish getting your book written!

Candace Davenport is a Writing Mentor and Publishing Consultant for Our Little Books. For those of you who would like to work with her 1 on 1 on how to write your book, or would like to explore how you can publish with Our Little Books, please contact her for a free consultation. For those interested in getting started writing, the next one-day Writer's Workshop will be on 5/16/15 in Alameda, CA.


From Idea to Your Little Book

Eric Woolf of Hyper-Lead It Solutions graciously offered to produce a video for us to us on our site. In this post I outline the steps to getting a book published by Our Little Books. 

Eric Woolf of Hyper-Lead It Solutions produced the video for this post. (ignore the sound quality I sent it to him from my cell phone) Eric provides video marketing services creating videos and using effective marketing tactics to help businesses get massive exposure. If you have any questions, feel free to contact him about SEO, video marketing, email marketing, and various other techniques.


Who Else Wants to Get Started Writing a Book

If you have been following this blog you know that you should not start writing your book until you have established an online presence.  If you have an established  blog, you know what your readers want, and you have defined your niche market. So what is the next step to get your book in print?

Make a commitment.
  • As with any goal you need to make a commitment to achieve the goal. If you don’t have a plan to get it done you may never even start it.
  • Decide on a time limit to you get your book done. It doesn’t matter if you set your goal for 2 months, or 6 months you will need to make a commitment to begin. After you determine your timeline you can set up a weekly or daily writing goal.  How many pages will you need to get done each week to meet your goal? How many hours can you devote to writing? Is your goal realistic?  For example; a little book is approximately 6800 words. If you write 600 words a week you can have your book done in 3 months.  
  • To stay on track you may need a goal buddy.  Find someone that will hold you accountable. Send them what you have written on a scheduled timeline. It could be hard to find someone else that is writing a book at the exact same time so your goal buddy could have completely different goals.

Writing tools that may be helpful

For your outline
  • Many people use note cards to outline their book. When you do your research you write your notes and references on note cards.  After you have taken your notes you can organize the cards into piles. Each pile can be a chapter in your book.
  • I prefer to use mindmapping because you can visually see the information. There are several services you can use. 
  • is a free online service that is easy to use.  The advantage is that you can store the map online. You can easily share your outline with someone else if you are doing a joint brainstorming session.
  • MindApp has free basic download and an premium upgrade. (I am not an affiliate). The disadvantage is that you have to use the same computer to work on your outline. The advantage is it has a feature that allows you to easily add pictures, links and notes.
  Document storage
  • I keep my documents on google docs. The benefit is that you can access the documents from any computer. After losing a nearly completed manuscript, I always keep my important documents online.  
    • Google docs has some neat features. If you type a website it will automatically add the hyperlink to the document.
    • You can make templates and graphs that can be easily added to your manuscript or blog.
    • You can share your documents easily with someone that has google docs.
  • Evernote is another good place to store your documents. I use it mainly to keep track of my research. I like to search topics then organize the information in a file before making my outline. It also has an application for the android and iphone. It is a good place to store passwords that you may need to access when you are not near your office.

Establish an online presence.
Make a commitment with a time line to complete your book.
Have a goal buddy to keep you accountable.
Find writing tools that work for you.
Establish a publishing team to help you get your manuscript in print
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What do you do to keep your commitments to your goals?

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