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A glorious “GOOD MORNING!”. My book is coming along well and to my own surprise I have set a new manuscript-finishing-date (soon to be announced on this magical website).
Some fairies have oviously changed the look of this page to a more modern and fresh mix. Please let me know what you think 🙂 My old articles aren’t lost- some of them still need to be put back up.
Moving on to our actual subject….. Writing a book in your 20s isn’t easy. Honestly. In my mind, I created two categories in which you can locate about one thousand reasons.
Category One: People don’t take your writing project seriously. They simply don’t believe that you could do it….
Category Two: Your own doubts (which ertainly will follow you for the rest of your life).
Related to Category One:
Best would be not to tell anybody about your manuscript but people who truely know you. The only opinion which matters is yours. The only mindset which matters is yours. The only idea which matters is yours.
Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can do anything really good. William Faulkner
1. When you say “I will write a book about this or that” then DO IT!
2. Don’t ever think that your manuscript has reached desert-status. Drink a cup of coffee, open a window for fresh air and start working on it again. It’s finished once you feel that it is.
Writing and emotions are deeply connected.
3. FIGHT! Don’t give up. People say that young writers don’t have enough experience to actually be able to write. WRONG! You are still closely connected to your teens and childhood. There is a fast waterfall of ideas in your head. The only one who is keeping you away from getting a watering can to scoop out some of those ideas is YOU.
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4. Don’t stop writing. Writing a book is HARD WORK. The manuscript adventure can’t be only fun or it wouldn’t be a true adventure.
5. Your heart and soul are needed- put everything into your writing- especially time.
Half my life is an act of revision. John Irving
Something I had to learn as well: You can only write well when it comes from the bottom of your heart-sounds cheesy but it is certainly true.