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New Beginnings: Writing a new book.

Rachel Kent

Blogger: Rachel Kent

It’s that time of year again! August! The children are going back to school and summer vacation is just about over. This is the first year I will have a child in school full-time! I am totally going to cry on her first day. How is she so big already?!

I know many of you are going to be starting in on new writing projects as summer comes to a close. It’s exciting, but facing a new manuscript can also be overwhelming.

Let’s spend a little time today sharing tips with each other on how to get started on a new project. What gets you excited to jump in? How do you get the first pages written when you are sitting in front of a blank document?

Are you a plotter (working from a detailed synopsis) or a pantster (writing without a pre-written plan)?

Whenever I’m facing a new project–editing a proposal or submitting a project to editors, for example–I like to get a fresh cup of coffee and a snack and clear my desk off first. These small pre-work preparations help me to concentrate on the project for longer and I’m able to get more done. I think the time I spend getting the coffee and clearing my desk allows for my brain to start in on the project even before I’m working on it. It’s like I’m geared up because I’ve been thinking about it for a little while. My high school Calculus teacher always encouraged us to read through a test before starting in on it for this same reason. Our minds are able to start figuring things out before we even begin to really work on the task at hand.

I’d love to hear what you do to overcome the difficulty of beginning a book. And if you don’t struggle with starting a new project, why do you think that is? What words of encouragement do you have to share with those who do struggle?

5 Questions Smart Writers Ask

Cynthia Ruchti

5 Questions Smart Writers Ask

blogger: Cynthia Ruchti


Writers ask questions. It’s what we do.

Questions Writers AskNonfiction authors ask interview questions, research questions, who, what, when, where, why, and how.

Novelists ask, “What if…?”

All writers serious about improving their …

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