Have you ever tried to put 2 perfect sentences together? I have, and it took a lot longer than I care to admit. At the rate I was going, I was going to loose interest in writing my book in a few hours. And, a matter of fact, that’s exactly what happened.
I basically tabled the writing of that book until I ran into a writing program that addressed my problem.
That program was Tom Bird’s “Write Your Book in a Weekend” workshop. The approach that Tom uses is to put you into a seat and have you write in excess of 500 words every 15 minutes. His goal is to have us out-write the analytical mind’s ability to control the process. He has us count our words every 15 minutes, but more importantly, Tom keeps us writing hour after hour until no more words come out. Tom calls this writing from the place of inspiration.
Although this is a great approach for getting a ton of words out, it does have some flaws. Writing from a place of inspiration may be fine and good, but from working with 100s of authors who used this approach, I’d have to say that the place of inspiration is a very jumbled place.
My corollary to writing from the place of inspiration is to write from the place of voice. This became very obvious to me by the fact that no matter how fast I wrote, I voiced my words. That’s right, my lips actually moved.
Also, I feel that using the circle diagram outline is a necessity for keeping my writing on track. As I said in an earlier blog, the circle diagram helps imprint the sub conscious mind. In addition, the outer circles can be made up of buzz terms and ideas to be included in the various chapters or sections.
This takes me back to a simple approach that I used when I wrote a weekly newspaper article. Since I already had my topic, I would simply write buzz terms and topics to be covered on a single piece of paper. As I wrote that topic or used a buzz term, I would simply cross them out. By the time the article was completed, my note page was all crossed out.
As I think back on those articles, I also used a write quickly approach. I did this by starting to write the article on the morning that it was due, even though I had worked up my note sheet throughout the week. Kinda trial by fire approach.
In this way it is easy enough to have the words written that will fill the book.
In the next Rama On Writing Blog, I will discuss how to sequence the book using a method that I call the Tom calls “Your Book as a Symphony.” This system is the true genius of Tom Bird.