Motivation is the general desire or willingness of someone to do something.

When it comes to writing, motivation is both fickle and unreliable. Days, weeks, and moths can fly by while waiting for the motivation muse.

The problem with motivation is that it’s never something you have to chase, it is a force that arrives on whim, lead by your emotions. Which means getting into the habit of waiting for it to show up or looking for it in order to start a chapter/book, is not going to yield continuous positive results.

 

 

Discipline is doing what needs to be done, when it needs to be done.

This is not an easy task, for a multitude of reasons. It takes commitment, practice, and consistency. You need to develop self-control through your thoughts, emotions, and habits.

Discipline is within your control and unyielding.

Once a writer learns how to cultivate it, their productivity skyrockets. They use discipline to push themselves forward and create, harness it to face that blinking cursor, and apply it to get the book written.

Applying the mindset of “just do it” is the first step on a disciplined road to achieving your writing goals and finding success.

ON MARCH 1st 2017, I OFFICIALLY STARTED BOOK TWO

Everyone always talks about what a challenge getting the first book done is, but no one really talks about the second book. As a reader, I love a good sequel. One which builds on the foundation of the first book, and then outperforms it.

It’s important to me that the sequel I write a does not disappoint.

While my first book is a self-contained story that can stand on its own, I did write it with the sequel in mind. Which meant I could plan ahead and leave breadcrumbs in the first story that would be followed through in the second.

Several of my beta readers, upon finishing the first book, asked if I’d started on book two. Some even requested if they could pre-sign up to beta read it. On one hand I was thrilled that people were interested enough in the story/characters that they were looking forward to the second installment. On the other hand, I was terrified because I knew I’d have to raise the bar for book two.

I spent January and February of 2017 working on the sequel outline. A challenging endeavor. As I carefully planned out the events, there were several things I had to keep in mind.

Things to remember when writing a sequel.
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Beta readers are those valuable individuals who read your manuscript (with no prior knowledge of the events) and give you detailed feedback on everything from plot to characters to pacing. Their role is to show a writer how a future reading audience will interpret and react to their work.

Once I finished editing my first draft, I was ready for beta readers!

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Like writing, lying is a form of invention. 

When it comes to the creation of worlds, characters, and plot twists, lying is a useful skill to have. In a way it’s an art form, helping to create simultaneously heart-warming and chest-pounding stores.

However, it’s the lies that we tell ourselves about the writing process, or about being a writer, that are harmful. These are the lies we need to avoid.

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editing my manuscript

When it came time to edit, I was genuinely looking forward to the process. I know most writers tend to dread and loathe this phase, but for me it’s taking the story I already love and reshaping it into a better version of itself.

Yay, fun times!

Because I edit as I go when writing my first draft, I made the assumption that once I sat down to do the full-draft edits, I’d have it easy. Somehow I had convinced myself that I’d be done in two weeks.

Oh how wrong I was.

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