Getting Started for Authors Tip: Having a Writing Plan but Being Prepared to Update it

The 31 Days of Author Tips features the advice from Jenn Grace and other authors, publishers, and people in the writing industry. From hearing Publish Your Purpose Press Founder and CEO,  Jenn T. Grace, you’ll learn the basics of the writing process as well as more intricate details and tips not found anywhere else. You’ll learn how to be better prepared when you set out to write your story. Whether you are writing a memoir or any non-fiction where a piece of your story is shared, you’ll be better equipped for success after having listened to these tips.

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Author Tip Transcript

Have a plan but be flexible. Be really focused on the plan to write your book. How are you going to fit a book in 2018 into your schedule?

If you have your plan going (i.e., I’m going to write 3 x a week) and then something happens (i.e., your kids are home from school because of a snow day; a family member is sick; you have to fly out of town on business, etc.), and that thwarts your plan, your mind isn’t going to be in the game to write your book the way you want to write. Put the book down and come back to it when you’re in a better frame of mind. If you try to plow through, it will be too frustrating and the result will probably be lower quality.

Just because you committed to writing on a certain plan, you need to give yourself permission to adapt based on life experiences. Everyone goes through this. Whatever is going on in the moment, is going to pass and you will be able to return to your schedule.

Being flexible will benefit you and your book in the long run by taking the time to resolve your life situation and come back with a clear mind to the book afterwards.

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