Life time writers and challenges

The struggle of book covers and dpi.

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I sent my book in for formatting and received the digital copy. The challenges of self publishing! My cover, (which I love) is not the correct dpi for printing.

If you are not familiar with this term it means when the paperback copy is printed it is highly possible my cover photo will  not be clear.

It is a bit frustrating, because I am unable to change this cover to fit the correct parameters.

BUT as writers, we do not give up, correct? People who do not write, stand on the outside and eventually see the finished product, but they do not realize the many hours of focused work required for the book to become a finished product.

BUT to non-writers this is ok, because this is part of what we do as writers. We may become frustrated, a little angry or discouraged, but a true writer, may take a break, but we do not stop writing.

To my writing friends, when you hit any type of wall, take a short break, go for a walk, or maybe you simply need a little rest. A time will arrive when the writing project is finished and it is now in the hands of your readers.

Selah, pause, breathe deep, and press on.  ~Nancy~

 

Writing, Reading and Schedules

How to fit into our lives what we love. Writing, reading and time.

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In my last post I wrote about writing styles and working on revisions for a conference I lead on relationships.

I am finding I am doing better at writing in small chunks when I must change styles. How about you?

This week it was time to change my writing style once again. I am still not working on the community book, BUT I am getting closer.

From Monday to Friday

I wrote the script for a podcast, aired live and filled in many blanks for the course. I wrote copy for a power point and recorded a companion video.

In the middle of all of this I managed to read a few pages in a biography. Format- hard cover book! Why? This moves me away from my technology for a short time.

Next week it is time to take the step! What step? It is time to place into my schedule a time to work on the book focused on community. (I mentioned it in the previous blog post.)

This will be a challenging week, because it will require me to move from online course writing to book writing, to podcasting!

How about you; are you willing to be stretched in your writing style, reading style and schedule?

If we really want to reach a goal, including goals that do not include writing we must be willing to incorporate self discipline into our life.

A few simple tips-

  • Set up one day a week to review your schedule. Place a time for writing in your schedule. Even if you can only squeeze in 30 minutes every other day, some is better than none.
  •  Recently I placed a timer app on my PC. Suggestion- Decide how much time you have to write. Shut off all notification sounds on your devices. This time is only for writing!
  • This is how I set up my writing time. I shut off my smart phone. I turn off all of the notifications on my PC. I work best at my desk. I move anything on my desk that may distract me to another place. I close my office blinds to stop from glancing out the window. My favorite cup of coffee is on the left and now it is time to begin.
  • Once again a reminder- Get rid of all or nothing thinking and write, write, write.
  • Add reading to your schedule. Read, read, read. Read different styles of books. If we only read one style of writing eventually we may become stuck. Stretch yourself into the land of unfamiliar reading styles.
  • Go for a walk, and ponder your writing project. Take your phone with you and record your thoughts for later. Even if you never use the recording it will assist your mind to focus on your writing as you walk.
  • Most importantly – relax and enjoy your times of writing. Let the words flow. Stop and take a deep breathe and begin again.

My blog post time is up! It is now time for me to go back and work on the writing for the online Relationship Course. I scheduled 30 minutes more and then it is time to relax.

Happy writing, and please do not be afraid of writing in and reading various styles. In today’s world they are only a keystroke or screen slide away.

Staying on the writing journey with you.

Nancy J.

The Relationship Institute

 

 

When The Writer Disappears

What is going on when the writer disappears.

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Do you ever find it necessary to disappear? The disappearance is not because of stress, anger or emotional pain, instead it is a time to withdraw into productivity.

My writing world requires me to pull back and at the same time stay connected. The pulling back is not easy to do in our social media connected world.

I am not in a season of locking myself away to write my second book. Instead I am working on redesigning a conference I lead to offer an online course on Relationships.

This is a different type of writing in comparison to writing a book.

Writing no longer looks like it did a few years ago. Books, magazines and letters are no longer the only style of writing.

Instead we write short sentences on twitter. We chat on Facebook feeds, private, personal and group pages.

Include blogs, websites, podcast and video and the writing of content is endless.

Will I ever sit down again and work on the book on community? Yes, this will happen soon. I am learning to write with a timer.

I set my app for 2 hours, shut down social media and turn off my phone.

A word to my writing friends– Do not give up. Set up a writing schedule that will work best for  you.

Don’t wait until you have a full day to write. In all I do I find writing, designing and preparation requires discipline.

No one can make another person live a disciplined life. The choice is ours, which will we choose.

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