Top Five Hacks to Finish Your Novel

Top Five Hacks to Finish Your Novel

Highlights of the Resources:

  • Know What Kind of Writer You Are
  • Work With your Brain–NOT against it
  • Get the Right Support
  • Know the Importance of Accountability and Deadlines
  • Get into Right Relationship With Your Inner Critic

How This Writing Bootcamp Is Getting Writers Published

How This Writing Bootcamp Is Getting Writers Published

How This Writing Bootcamp Is Getting Writers Published

 

Maybe you’ve been considering joining the Writing Gym for a while now. 

But you still want to know: what will it really be like? 

I want to shed some light on what it’s actually like to be a member of the Writing Gym program by sharing one of our member’s experiences. 

Stephen Oliver is a graduate of the VIP Program AND the Publishing Mastermind, and he has also participated in the Writing Gym retreat in England not once, not twice, but he’s signed up for a third time.

Now that’s someone who’s getting results. However, don’t just take my word for it, check out his experience in the video below:

If you’re still curious about what it’s like to be a Writing Gym member, and if you’re serious about writing, let’s talk. 

Unit next time. Happy writing.

This Simple But Effective Practice Will Drastically Improve Your Writing

This Simple But Effective Practice Will Drastically Improve Your Writing

This Simple But Effective Practice Will Drastically Improve Your Writing

 

Lately, have you been dealing with surges of overpowering emotion? In a single day, do you feel like you experience the full range of human feeling, from anger to sadness to fear to love to joy?

Many of us are experiencing new and more powerful emotions than ever before. At times, this can feel quite overwhelming, because we haven’t been taught how to deal with so many emotions at once.

As a writer, you have an edge; writing is the perfect medium to release your crazy, pent-up feelings. 

There’s even more good news for writers: strong emotions are a gift for your writing that will benefit you for years to come, as long as you don’t ignore them. 

That’s why I want to give you a tip I usually reserve for the writers over in the Writing Gym. These are crazy times, and I want to make sure you have all the tools you need to not only get through, but come out a better writer.

Here is a simple practice to capture and channel strong emotions through your writing:

  1. Strong emotions are usually felt somewhere in the body. When feelings of fear, anger, or uncertainty arise, take a moment and close your eyes, focus on where you feel it in your body, and think about exactly how this emotion feels. 
  2. Ask yourself: Is it a sharp pain? A fluttery lightness? A dull aching? A pressing heaviness? Like the writer you are, think about the words you would use to describe what you feel. 
  3. Open your eyes and write it all down. Save it in a notebook or a file on your computer, and be sure to label what the emotion is. 

Not only will you feel better after releasing the emotion through your body and writing, but this will pay off in your future writing projects. Maybe five years from now, you’ll have a character who’s feeling something powerful, and you’ll have an example on how to describe any given feeling. 

You’ve been given the gift of emotional authenticity to add to your writing–take advantage of it! 

I’d love to hear if this strategy works for you. If you want to discuss more, I’ve set aside time in my calendar, let’s chat

Always glad to hear from you. 

Until the next time. Happy Writing.

How To Avoid A Character Takeover

How To Avoid A Character Takeover

How To Avoid a Character Takeover

I want to share a story about Sonee Singh, one of the members in the Writing Gym. Like many writers, Sonee has a very specific goal: traditional publication.

Traditional publication is not easy, especially with strict industry standards. However for Sonee, the goal seemed unreachable, because she didn’t even have a completed novel. 

Sonee had trouble progressing with the plot of her novel. She felt stuck. She had most of the story put together, but saw holes, and wasn’t sure how to solve that problem.

In March of this year, Sonee had a draft of her novel that didn’t have a complete ending. She had an ending per say, but it wasn’t where she wanted it to be.

She knew she needed more work and more clarity, but wasn’t sure how to get there. 

Her plot had big events that marked her protagonist’s journey, yet felt disjointed because nothing tied the bigger events together. 

Sonee looked at her work and felt frustrated, and considered dropping the piece all together. 

“I kept coming back to it, I just had no idea how to do it.” 

Sonee knew she had a story worth telling, but didn’t have the tools to express her writing the way she wanted. Reluctant to give the story up, she tried out some resources. 

She initially turned to beta readers that provided unhelpful, conflicting feedback. Afterwards, Sonee decided she had had enough. 

She decided to reach out to me.

We began working together, and I read through her manuscript twice. After some revisions, she created a second draft.

The first revision focused on details such as character arc, plot arc, the big picture, and how these could be used to create a cohesive narrative.

Through discussions around the revisions, I was able to help Sonee organize her thoughts and equip her with tools needed to look at these details on her own. 

Another part of the process is I asked Sonee guiding questions about her plot, helping her realize how to solve any issue she comes across in her writing. 

As a professional, I know what you need to do to make your book better, but most importantly I value your voice and want you to create the solutions to your novel. 

“I think the beauty of what you do is that you have that insight, but you also don’t give the answer. You just pose questions that force me to come to that answer and I think it’s become a very organic process.”

With my help, Sonee has had multiple breakthroughs in her writing, and is on the journey to finishing her novel with confidence. 

Before coming to me, Sonee knew she had a problem to fix, and traditional publishing was a far-off dream.

Today, Sonee believes she’s capable of meeting industry standards, and she’s one step closer to achieving her goal of traditional publication. 

I’m so happy to see Sonee grow as a confident writer, and am excited to see where she goes from here. 

Do you feel stuck in your writing and don’t know where to go next? Have publishing dreams but have no idea how to get there? Let’s chat.

Until next time. Happy writing. 

How Top Writers Are Using Quarantine To Publish

How Top Writers Are Using Quarantine To Publish

How Top Writers Are Using Quarantine To Publish

 

As you know, we are currently dealing with an international health crisis.

People experience a variety of feelings about this. Denial, stress, anger, fear, and panic–all of the natural feelings humans experience when faced with a crisis. 

However, here in the Writing Gym we are all about being real and having real solutions. 

I’ve been working with writers for a long time, and one of the most popular statements I hear from writers all over the world is this: “I wish I had the time to write.”

Here’s a new spin: you have been given the gift of time. What writers have always wished for is here. Use this time that you have been given to write.

But how? 

Perhaps you can find 15 minutes in the morning, or after the kids go to bed, to jot down some of your ideas.

Think about it. 15 minutes?

You could write at least 2 pages. If this goes on for a couple of weeks, you’re gonna have several chapters done by time we are out of our homes, embracing one another and socializing in person once again. 

Please use this time wisely. It’s a real gift to write. 

I’d like to give you a tip I usually save for the Writing Gym members. We are in a special time right now, and I want to be here for you. 

When you’re in a moment of strong emotions, like fear, anxiety, or anger, write it down. Write exactly what you’re feeling. Write it all down, and then save it in a notebook or a file on your computer. Title it “uncertainty,” “fear,” or whatever emotion you were feeling.

You’re creating for yourself a bank that you can go back to. 

Maybe 5 years from now, you’ve got a character who’s feeling uncertain, but you’re not sure how to convey emotional authenticity into your piece. Well, you’ve created a bank for yourself where you can access a distant memory of that emotion. 

At the Writing Gym, we always want to reframe things positively. Let me reiterate.

You’ve been given the time to write and you’ve been given the gift of emotional authenticity to really add to your writing. 

Until next time. Happy writing. 

If you’re serious about using quarantine to write and publish a book, drop yourself into my calendar for a chat. 

Confused About Publishing? Got Writer’s Block? Let’s Fix That.

Confused About Publishing? Got Writer’s Block? Let’s Fix That.

Confused About Publishing? Got Writer’s Block? Let’s Fix That. 

 

In order to become an author, let alone a successful one, you have to do a lot more than write.

The path to publication is long and there are many, many places to get lost.

That’s why our VIP programs are designed to walk you through the whole process, or just the part you’re stuck on if that’s what you need. 

We give you the coaching, support, knowledge, and support you need to go from struggling writer to published author.

We work with writers at three different phases:

 

  • Write or finish a novel in eight weeks
  • Revise novel to publishable and find an agent
  • Expand author platform and sell their book

We’ve had many authors in different stages of the writing process get published. 

 

Sounds like something you’re interested in?

The Writing Gym is accepting select writers to join our community of successful, published authors.

If you’re serious about publishing in 2020, let’s chat. Drop yourself into my calendar here to talk to a member of our team.

Until next time. Happy Writing. 

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