Writing – What works best for me?

Do you struggle with your writing location or writing style? I share a few ideas for writing locations and various styles in this blog.

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What works for one writer does not always work for another. It is necessary for each writer to find their best location to write, their style, genre, and their sweet spot.

Photo above- My desk in Tanzania. At this desk, I revised the Relationships of the Heart Conference material to fit the culture of a Tanzanian village.

My writing style changes according to the various genres I am working on. A few examples of my style.

1- In the past I was a guest writer for a newspaper with a focus on a specific topic. The maximum length of the article was a maximum of 250 words and designed to encourage the readers in a specific area. My writing was a combination of fiction and non-fiction.

2- Writing for Global Prayer Digest. 250 words required. I received research material from the Editor In-Chief to organize the writing. Once again the writing required a specific topic.

3- Blog posts- My writing for blog posts is dependant on the blog I am publishing on. My blogs are for Writers, Teachers, Leaders, and Misc.

4- My book, “A Hurting Heart Turned Inside Out,” (available directly from me for a discounted price or on Amazon in paperback or on Kindle) is stories from my life, and questions for the reader to apply to their own life.

5- My most recent book, “Quotes from the Heart for Women Leaders,” (available directly from me or on Amazon in paperback or on Kindle) is quotes from my online writing from my various social media platforms and groups.

6- My social media writing is made up of fiction and non-fiction, dependant on my audience.

7- When I lead a Relationships of the Heart Conference/Workshop, invited as a guest speaker, my podcast show, or anything requiring me to speak this requires me to write copy.

8- I am working on my memoir. A story from a specific area of my life.

9- Future writing, a fiction book. A few pages are already sitting in my files.

My location for writing changes according to my mood, and the focus required.  

A few examples of my writing locations.

1- When I am not struggling with my writing in the areas of procrastination and uncontrolled distractions working from my desk in my home office works the best.

2- A local library. The library location changes according to where I am living. I have sat in business sections, open areas, and private meeting rooms when one is available.

3- A local park, when the weather is appropriate. When I write in a park I usually write using a legal pad. I have sat at a picnic table alongside of a river. In a relaxing chair, on the beach. On a blanket on a beach or alongside of a river. My outside writing areas include, a cooler with a lunch or snacks. The key to the above locations is this is a relaxing setting for me.

4- At a ballpark when the gate is open and very few people are around.

5- On a long international flight. I don’t sleep well, when I fly. Writing assists me to pass the time.

6- In a hotel room. In the past I spent 23 days shut away in a hotel, with only a couple of visitors. This is where the book, “Quotes from the Heart, for Women Leaders, ” was written.

7- Riding on a long distance bus ride.

I hope one of my places for writing, gives you a few ideas. For some writers moving around to write maybe distracting, but for me a change of location, spurs me on.

Snow, Writing, and Cardio

This morning I opened my eyes to the land of snow.

I enjoy sitting at my desk today, because life only requires me to go outside for a short time.

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This morning I opened my eyes to the land of snow. I enjoy sitting at my desk today, because life only requires me to go outside for a short time.

I live in a place where we are to share snow removal duties for our small porch, but usually I am the one who grabs the shovel and gets the job done!

I try to remind myself, this provides me with my cardio workout without going to the gym. It costs me nothing!

In this season of my life, the majority of what I am doing requires me to sit. This means I need to intentionally get up and get going!

I will be back with a 2nd post to share an inside look on my current marketing, for my writing.  Then I will be working on the cover and back of the book, “Quotes from the Heart for Women Leaders.”

I will share a little about podcasts, interviews and linking arms with others.

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Writers Write, They Do Not Only Talk About Writing

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I cannot recall a time when I was not writing. Whether it was writing a paper in high school, in college, in journals, business letters, partner letters, copy for videos, audios and finally online and in books.

A few years ago I stumbled on a site and began placing my teaching material on the site. Now, some of this material is in my books.

If you write online, save your writing friends. You never know when the time will arrive and you will desire to use it in a book.

My writing from 2011.

The Instigator

Today I as I read Acts 19 I focused on the riot in Ephesus that was started by one instigator named Demetrius. He was concerned about the loss of his income. Behind the scenes he insinuated future problems.

All it takes is one person behind the scenes to stir up the people around him to cause problems. People such as Demetrius never operate in the public eye they usually operate behind the scenes.

Most of us at one time in our life, may experience the problems that someone like Demetrius causes. Although this may not be an all out riot, their words seriously affect our life.

What did Paul do? Did he set out to confront Demetrius? No, he just kept moving forward preaching and teaching the Gospel. He kept his eye on the prize!

Paul speaks from his prison cell in Philippians 1:12-14

Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.

Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.

Reminder for my readers today; As you share the gospel there will be those that will oppose you. They will oppose you to your face and they will oppose you behind the scenes just as Demetrius did.

In fact those who oppose you, may be other Christians. The key is, just as Paul did, even from a prison cell, just keep moving forward. There will always be the Demetrius’s in our world

(Copyright 2011, Nancy J. Watta)

 

Remember writers write, they do not only talk about writing.

Nancy

Beginning Again Does Not Mean We Are A Failure

Beginning again does not mean we are a failure.

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Happy New Year!

In a few days we will enter the year of 2017. For many as year end approaches it is a time when business owners review the previous year and set their sights on the approaching year?

In many ways the writing world is similar.

Did I finish the book I began in early 2016?

If I finished writing the book, “How many copies did I sell?”

If my book did not sell well, “Why? What do I need to do to improve in this area? Should I change my writing style? Is my writing not applicable to my audience?”

Did I not bother to market my book correctly?

If I did not finish writing my book, “Why did I not finish it?”

It’s reflection time! If we are not pleased with our answers to the above questions, it is not to late and we are not a failure.

Beginning again does not mean we are a failure. If it is our writing style, sign up for a writing class to improve.

Learn about publishing and marketing our writing.

Listen to authors who succeeded by listening to their podcasts, watching videos, attending conferences and reading books.

The exciting part about today’s writing is we have access online to the best writers. We can learn from them if we are willing.

I would love to hear from you. Do you have tips for our readers? What area do you struggle in as a writer. What are your specific plans to improve your writing in 2017?

Comment and share with us.

With hard work and a willing to learn mentality your success may be around the next curve.

Writing and Learning with you,

Nancy J.