Getting Started for Authors Tip: Why Writing Can Be Like Crockpot Cooking

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

Tipster Guest:  Mark David Gibson, Author of Served in Silence

Writing can be like crock-pot cooking.  While you’re putting all the ingredients into your crockpot, if you didn’t dice the carrots or onions just right, you wouldn’t throw that away, you’d still put it in the crock-pot and let it simmer and stew and create the beautiful meal. The same goes for writing, some of the topics are not fun; some are very raw and real. You write and feel like “this is garbage; I’m throwing this away. I’m going to start over again.” I would encourage you not to. Just get it out from your head onto the paper and think about it as putting it into the crockpot. Put the lid on it and let it simmer and cook. At the end of the day, you’ll have a delicious meal. Same thing with writing. Put it in there, let it simmer a bit, go back, read it, and then mostly you’ll find it isn’t so bad. I forgot to add salt or garlic, or pepper… in writing, you might find you forgot to add something that will enhance the pieces you were unsure about before. Take that time; at that moment you may not be perfect, but it will get there.

Before you send your manuscript to an editor (or whomever is your first point of contact after you finish writing), put it in a drawer, do not look at it for a while, and then pull it out and look at it with a fresh set of eyes. Come back later to spruce it up a little more. Because at the end of the day you want that first draft to be the best quality draft it could be. If you get stuck in perfectionism where the manuscript has to be perfect, it will never get done. Don’t get mired in perfectionist paralysis.

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