Showing posts with label Productivity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Productivity. Show all posts

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Should You Or Could You Be a Writer?

We’ve all heard of the expression “Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda.” It’s what we say to people who have lame excuses for not doing something.

And this is also appropriate for you if you’re not writing.

Shoulda - This is when you’ve wasted time when you shoulda been writing. It can be when you let yourself get distracted by other things instead of getting your writing done. Or when you wasted time by prioritising other things/people.

Coulda - You coulda got your writing done but you didn’t think you were good enough or motivated enough or dedicated enough. Sound familiar?

Woulda - Well, you woulda done your writing if only other things hadn’t happened or something else hadn’t come up, or if you had the time, or if you weren’t so busy…

All these things are weak excuses. They’re not reasons why you aren’t writing every day, they’re just a bunch of Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda.

What it all comes down to is whether or not you really want to be a writer.

And if you do, then the time to start writing is now.

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

3 Steps to Living Your Dream Life as a Writer

It’s so easy to dream about becoming a successful writer. You imagine yourself gliding into your home office, dashing off another bestseller, and still have time to go out for dinner in the evening.

Wouldn’t it be great if it really happened that way?

The reality, of course, is really different and there are so many things that can stop your writing dream coming true and here are just 3 of them.

1. Time To Write. No matter what you do, you never seem to be able to find the time to actually sit down and write. You may even begin every day with good intentions, yet time eludes you and before you know it, the day’s over and you haven’t written a thing.

2. Others Not Supportive. If there’s one thing that I learned early on, it’s that others won’t support you when you want to be a writer. And the closer you are to them the more resentful they seem. My family and friends are the worst and none of them will even discuss my writing, even though I’ve been earning my income from writing for years.

3. Guilt. It’s all too easy to feel guilty about wanting to write because you always feel that you should be doing other things. It’s probably because writing seems selfish because it’s something that you need to do alone, without anyone even speaking to you. And it doesn’t help when others are unsupportive because it can make you feel like you have to write in secret.

  But you really shouldn’t let any of these things stop you because we all have time to write if we prioritise it instead of trying to fit it into our spare time.

We can also ignore everyone who doesn’t support what we want to do. In fact, I’d even go as far as saying to spend less time with them and more time writing.

And stop feeling guilty about writing because it IS important to you. Knitters don’t feel guilty about knitting, gardeners don’t feel guilty about spending time gardening, and artists don’t feel guilty about wanting to paint or draw. So why should you feel guilty about wanting to write?

The time to turn your life around and live your dream life of being a writer is now.

https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2019/dream-life.html



Tuesday, 3 September 2019

An Expert's Advice on How To Beat Writers' Block Instantly

I was recently listening to an interview with one of the Titans of Copywriting, Gary Bencivenga. And in case you've been living in a cave and have never heard of him, he is known as the best copywriter in the world and began working in direct response copywriting in the 1960s. Sadly, he no longer works in the industry, but he and inspired taught thousands of marketers during his long career.

Anyway, in this interview he was talking about what to do when you don't have any ideas about what to write. He said that copywriters often have this problem because their work begins with getting ideas of what to write about before they can promote a product.

Anyway, what he said was that whenever you don't know what to write or are stuck with writers' block, all you need to do is start researching and that is guaranteed to get you started. He said that research is the answer to writers' block as well as helping find all the information he ever needed.

But then I got to thinking about where to start researching?

Well, the obvious choice is to do a general search on the topic that you want to write about. Just go to one of the search engines and type in a question or a keyword and see what comes up in the results. Sometimes, the search engines prompt for subjects that are already searched for often.

Another way to do it is to go to an online book store (or magazine site) and look to see what other writers are writing about on your topic. You can easily browse the TOC (Table of Contents) of a book to see the subjects of the chapters they are including in their writing.

And then there are also forums and social media which often show up what is trending or what is popular. They can also show you exactly what questions people are asking about right now.

So if you're feeling stuck and don't know what to write, start doing a bit of online research and before you know it, you'll have so much information and you'll feel motivated to write.

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Friday, 26 April 2019

Quit Procrastinating

Anything is achievable if you want to do it.

So if you're not achieving all the things you want in life, then you have to ask yourself if you're a procrastinator.

Procrastination is a bad habit that you probably don't realise that you're doing until it starts to negatively impact your life.

So if you are always putting off achieving your life goals then you must quit procrastinating.

Don't lie to yourself and say that you can't quit, because you can. Anyone can.

How?

Start by knowing what you're procrastinating about and what your avoidance thoughts and behaviours are.

Don't just think about them. Write them down, that way you'll be admitting them to yourself. 

Ask yourself why you're avoiding doing what you know you should be doing. Asking this one question alone can give you so much clarity about your problem.

And once you know what the problem is, you can start to solve it.

So if you're not doing the writing you know you should be doing, or not doing the writing you want to do, why not?

Is procrastination a bigger problem than you want to admit to yourself?


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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

The Easy Way to End Procrastination For Good

Now I know that I've been talking about procrastination a lot lately, but that's because it's such a debilitating problem for writers.

And it's not just our writing life that can suffer from it, it can also seep into the rest of our life as well.

And it's really nothing more than a bad habit just the same as smoking or drinking or gambling.

But it can also have some debilitating knock-on effects such as damaging your potential, your career, and your mood.

Once it takes control, it's not easy to change, but it can be done.

If you want to end procrastination for good then you have to really want to stop. Not just say you want to, or wish something can make you change, but you have to have the will to help yourself.

And to begin with, you need to understand the difference between a goal and a dream.

You can work towards a goal, but your dreams are something you just sit and think about all day.

And the only way to reach a goal is with action. Action is what turns dreams into goals because it isn't a goal until you start moving towards it. Without action, it's just a dream.

So begin moving towards your goal and ending procrastination by knowing exactly what you need to do, and in what order, to reach your goal. Then begin.

Now, this isn't as easy as I'm making it sound, but it's not hard either, not if it's what you really want.

Procrastination is mostly a state of mind.

So change it.


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Monday, 22 April 2019

The One Basic Secret to Eliminating Procrastination

The thing about procrastination is, it’s sneaky. It doesn’t happen all at once. It happens over time so you don’t see it happening until it’s too late and by then you’re always putting things off and never finishing what you start.

It’s something that a lot of writers suffer with and not only does it make them feel bad, but it drastically reduces their writing income.

But what is procrastination? Is it just laziness?

No. It’s a habit.  A really bad habit that can invade every area of your life.

You can overcome it, but it’s not easy because it takes time.

If you suffer from procrastination you can start to eliminate it right now by knowing what your excuses are fro procrastinating and what your avoidance behaviours are.

That way, as soon as you realise that you’re doing one of your avoidance behaviours or telling yourself your usual excuses for not doing something, you can notice it straight away and nip it in the bud.

Of course, there’s a LOT more to eliminating procrastination for good, but doing this one small thing is a great start.

But just keep in mind that it’s a bad habit that took a long time to start, so it will take time to stop.


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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Is It Procrastination Or Laziness?

It’s easy to think that there is no such thing as procrastination and that anyone who procrastinates is just lazy.

But is it true?

We all suffer from bouts of laziness, but procrastination is much more than that because it can stop you achieving anything you want in life.

And it’s not just writers who suffer from procrastination. See my article about it at https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2019/overcome-procrastination.html.

Procrastination starts out as laziness but then, over time, it evolves into a negative state of mind that leaves you with a constant feeling of dissatisfaction with life and work as it seeps into every area of your life.

So it’s not just an untidy sock drawer issue.

Thankfully, it can be overcome but it takes time as well as a 360-degree mind turn.

And here are 3 simple yet highly effective things you can do to help end procrastination for good:
1. Know what you want to achieve. You can’t reach your goals if you don’t know what they are.

2. Stop feeling defeated before you start. Begin everything you do (and I mean absolutely everything) with a winning feeling.

3. Know what your procrastination actions are so that you can recognise them and stop them.
Once you’re fully aware of your procrastination thoughts and habits, you can change them if you really want to and have the determination to do so.

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Tuesday, 16 April 2019

The Difference Between Time Management and Procrastination

Procrastination can be difficult to overcome if you don’t understand what it is.

Many people incorrectly think that procrastination is just a matter of bad time management. So they think that if they can master their time, it will eliminate procrastination.

Wrong.

If you try to get rid of procrastination through to-do lists, setting reminders and working out new schedules, it won’t help, because you still won’t feel like doing what you should be doing and you’ll keep looking for distractions.

Procrastination isn’t just about time management, it’s a state of mind. And it goes even deeper than that because it took a long time to evolve so there won’t be a quick fix.

Not only that, but procrastination is unforgiving and can take a huge toll on your life and can cause anxiety, depression or even just a deep feeling of feeling overwhelmed from never getting anything done.

The good news is that you can take back control of your life by conquering procrastination instead of always letting it conquer you.

And to help you, I wrote about this problem in my latest article, 6 Simple Steps to Overcoming Procrastination, which you can find at https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2019/overcome-procrastination.html.

As they say at Nike, Just Do It.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Super Productivity for Entrepreneurs

On my blog, I've added a new advertisement for a free product.

It's a report called 'Super Productivity Secrets For Entrepreneurs.'

This is an amazing report (and did I mention it's free?) that shows you how to free up an extra 4 hours a day by being MORE productive.

Most people believe that if you want to have more time then you have to do less so that you can have more free time.

But the opposite is actually true. If you are more productive, then you can do more AND free up more time - up to 4 hours a day.

And it's not just about being more productive in your work. It's about a more holistic approach to being super productive in every area of your life.

I'm going to tell you a secret. Every really successful person you will ever meet has mastered the art of productivity.

Being super productive not only means you can free up more time for the things you want to do, but it also gives you a feeling of satisfaction and balance.

I know myself that on days when I flit around from one thing to another without doing much of anything, I feel so dissatisfied by the end of the day and I don't sleep well.

So if you've ever wanted to be more disciplined and productive, to achieve more in your personal life, your financial life, and your career, then this report will help - if you follow the advice in it and start taking action immediately.

And that starts by downloading your own copy of 'Super Productivity Secrets For Entrepreneurs.'

It's the first step to taking charge of your life and getting back in control.


Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Diet, Concentration, and Writing

Our mind needs to be calm to write better and write more. We all know this.

But did you know that it’s not just a calm mind that’s necessary for focus, productivity and writing more?

For instance, it’s also important to get plenty of exercise for mind as well as body. And it’s just as important to make sure we get plenty of rest when we need it too, to make sure we’re always at our optimum peak.

We need to take care of our body because we can’t write if we’re unwell or fatigued.

That’s why being a (successful) writer isn’t just about writing. It’s about biology, psychology and mindset.

And, surprisingly, diet influences all parts of our life, including our creativity.

A quick Google search will show you just how important what we eat is, not just for our brain, but for every area of our life.

You can read more about it in my latest article, How to Change Your Brain So You Can Write More.

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Friday, 22 March 2019

Why I'm a Writing Genius

As I've been telling you recently, I had a bad year for three deaths in the family and my writing not only took a back seat, but most of the time it got thrown out of the car.

But not only have I brought my writing game back to life, I've improved it and found an extra benefit too, because not only am I writing more, but I'm more productive in everything I do the rest of the day as well.

And it makes me feel like a genius now that I can write so much.

But I do get a lot of help from my little friend known as brain salon.

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Friday, 18 January 2019

The Biggest Mistake Writers Make That Holds Them Back

There are so many writers that never write a damn thing.

So are they really writers?

They want to write yet never seem to do any. Or sometimes very little.

So one day I polled my subscribers about this and do you know what I found out?

I discovered that many of them didn’t want to write at all.

They wanted to work from home as a writer, but not do any writing.

They wanted to earn money from writing, and they call themselves writers, but they seemed to be looking for a way to get-rich-quick.

This is a huge mistake because writing = work.

I know that when you’re looking in from the outside, it seems like writers make money from doing nothing, but it is work.

At the same time, it’s better than having a J.O.B.

I much prefer to write from home.

Which would you rather do?

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Friday, 9 November 2018

Stop Waiting and Start Writing

Many people I’ve met who call themselves writers never actually write a thing.

They’re all talk, and they have a multitude of reasons for not writing, and none of them are true.

Many say that their writing is still in the ‘planning stage’ whatever THAT means.

But it does remind me of an episode from the British sitcom, Red Dwarf (which is hilarious).

The comedy is set on an interplanetary mining ship that is lost in deep space.

One of the crew, Arnold Rimmer, wants to take the officers exam so that he can be promoted.

But he’s so nervous about it that he spends all his time planning how he’s going to have enough time to study for it.

In the end, he takes so long to plan out his study time, that he ends up with no time to study and fails the exam.

And this can be a problem for many writers who are busy ‘planning’ their writing without ever writing anything.

So what can you do if you find yourself procrastinating all the time instead of writing?

Simply this: -

Don’t get it right, get it written.

This means just do it, because writing badly is better than not writing at all.

In fact, I feel so strongly about this, that I’ve changed the subheading on my writing site (https://ruthiswriting.com) to “Don’t Get It Right, Get It Written” because that’s what you need to be doing every day.

And if you’re stuck for a way to find so many writing ideas that you’ll be suffering from ‘Idea Overload,’ read my latest article, Never Look An Off-Line Gift Horse In The Mouth at https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2018/offline-gifthorse.html

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Have I Misled You About Writing Quickly?

As you know I talk a lot about writing quickly and how much it can help you.

I've even written ebooks about it like my 7 day ebook writing and publishing system and how to write articles in 15 minutes or less.

But what I mean by writing quickly isn't just about writing fast.

Writing quickly doesn't mean always rushing. It means being focused.

Writing and earning money is all about practice, which leads to proficiency, and the ability to write fast comes naturally from that.

But it all originates from focus and constant effort, not rushing.

I always remember watching my mother vacuuming the house. She would always press as hard as she could and move the vacuum cleaner backwards and forwards really fast, going over the same bit of carpet again and again, which always left her sweating and out of breath.

When I vacuum the house, I don't press on the vacuum cleaner at all and I move it over the floors, rugs and carpets slow and steady to give the machine time to do its job and to make sure I see every bit of dirt.

And the end result is that the vacuuming is done faster and better because I'm focused on doing it properly and the vacuum isn't pressed into the floor which gives it the opportunity to work properly.

And it's the same with writing quickly which is also about focus and the ability to keep working without letting anything distract you.

So you don't have to go hard and fast at writing, just stay focused on your writing and it will get done not only faster (because you're not getting distracted and drifting off onto other things) and better (because you're paying more attention to what you're doing).

And eventually, as you practice writing with more focus, you'll get faster naturally.

So if you want to write faster, don't think about rushing, think about being more focused on your writing.

That's what my products are for. Not only do they give you the complete process of how to work, but they give you a tight writing frame (one week for a book or 15 minutes for an article), which forces you to focus because you don't have time to do anything else.

And when you repeat writing this way, practice really does make you faster and better.

Try it and see for yourself.



Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Article Spinners? Forget Them

The other day I saw online someone singing the praises of an article spinner they'd invented.

The point of using them is to reduce writing time, or not have to write anything at all.

Article spinners work like nothing more than a giant Thesaurus.

You load an article into it and the software finds different words and phrases with (supposedly) the same meaning as the one you've used.

The premise is that you replace the words and phrases already in the article with the different words/phrases that the software prompts you to use and voila! You have a whole new article to publish.

Well...that's fine in theory, but not so good in practice.

Or some software (usually the free-but-completely-useless type) lets you upload an article to your blog or website as-is and "spins" it automatically for you, which usually ends up as unreadable garbage.

I had this happen to me a few years ago when someone started republishing some of my free articles and rendered them as complete garbage by "spinning" them.

You can read about it here https://bit.ly/2uLRhaY.

But what got me about the description I was reading about the article spinner and how it worked, was that it said that you could use the software to upload someone else's article and create a "new" article from it in just 20 minutes.

20 MINUTES!

So first you have to go online and search around for an article you want to try and get away with plagiarising, and then you have to copy and paste it into the software and go through it line by line, changing words and phrases as you go.

And at the end of it, you may or may not have a decent article that no one will recognise as actually being copyrighted to someone else, because let's face it, using someone else's article and trying to make it look like a completely different one so that you can illegally put your name to it as the author, is copyright theft.

I mean...is it really worth it to buy the software and then go through all that to try and steal someone else's article?

If you're a writer, and I'm assuming you are if you're reading this, then it's faster and better to simply write your own articles.

I've been writing for years and I've always written my own articles and have never used article spinning software.

And what I've found is that the more I write, the better and faster I get.

So much so, that now it only takes me around 15 minutes to write an article.

And I write them a lot because I write blog posts, website articles, emails and marketing articles, (amongst other things) so I don't have time to waste trying to cheat.

I'm a writer so I just write.

Don't be fooled by anyone's claim that you can write something without having to actually write it.

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Do You Want to Write or Do You Force Yourself?

The other day I was listening to a podcast interview with a really famous - and wealthy - copywriter.

He was talking about his work and how much he writes every day and how successful he is, when the interviewer asked him, "So are you eager to sit down and write every day?"

"No," he said.

"So how often DON'T you feel like writing?"

"Every day."

The interviewer gasped. "You never feel like writing?"

"No. Never. But once I sit down and read just one sentence, I'm back in the zone and can work for hours. But at first I have to force myself to sit and write because it's always the last thing I want to do."

(Naturally, I'm paraphrasing here because I don't remember the exact words, but that was the general gist of the conversation.)

My flabber was absolutely ghasted at this revelation.

Even though I've read Stephen Pressfield's book, The War of Art, several times (which is all about fighting the Resistance to writing every day) I still always feel like I'm the only one this happens to.

In my over-romantic imagination, other writers wake up smiling, stretch happily then get out of bed, while little bluebirds land on their windowsill and sing sweetly while they slip on beautiful clothes and glide dreamily into their study where they sit and effortlessly work on another best seller.

I know, how could I even think that?

But like the copywriter, I don't always feel like writing, but once I start it's easy to have a total mind-shift and keep going.

Applying plenty of butt-time to chair every day is the only way to conquer writing Resistance.

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Friday, 22 June 2018

When Everything Gets in The Way of Writing

The past few weeks have been distracting for me for several reasons.

My poor old greyhound, Banjo, is 12 years old now and has seen better days. He gets tired easily and I don't like going out and leaving him alone for too long because he sometimes gets confused, is not eating as much anymore, and gets tired really quickly.

And then my daughter fell and hurt her leg and so has been laid up for a couple of weeks so I've been helping her out with making food so she doesn't have to cook and looking after her incredibly energetic and never-seems-to-take-a-break-from-playing-and-chasing-balls little dog.

As well as all that, the house renovations have been ongoing with engineers with tripods surveying our land, curtains to make, furniture to buy, painting to be done and still more work waiting to be done.

Not only that but it's winter here and so I've been sweeping out and then setting up our wood-burning fire every day because the nights have been getting down to single digits, and because it's mostly hot here, our heating is minimal.

So with all this going on it's been harder than usual to settle down and write, which means when I do I need to be as focused as I can and not let anything distract me while I'm working.

And as we all know, the less time we have to write the more we seem to get done, which is no different for me.

My writing time is short lately and I still have just as much to do, but being present in the moment while I work has meant that I've had to slow down somewhat and work more deliberately because I don't have time for mistakes and do-overs.

And what is surprising about it, is that although I've been working less and having to be more focused, I'm not only producing just as much work but also seems easier.

Most importantly, my income has increased slightly.

So I guess the moral of this story is that deeper focus and being more mindful (meaning keeping my mind in the present and only thinking about the work I'm doing) has really helped my productivity and my finances.

Which means I'm motivated to keep up the good work.

I've also written a short article about being more mindful while writing, at https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2018/buddhist-writing-advice.html.

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Goodbye Writer's Block
How to Be a Creative Genius and Have an Abundance of Ideas Plus the Inspiration and Motivation to Write
http://www.cheritonhousepublishing.com/books/WB.html

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

3 Simple Ways to Beat Writers' Block

Although writers' block isn't something that I suffer from myself, I know that many writers do.

So I thought that it would be helpful to provide a short list of 3 things that you can do to beat it.

But these 3 things must be done together. They can help if you do them separately but if done all at the same time they can really help you to blast through your writing.

So here they are:

1. Only set out to do one small task.  It's said that if you tell yourself that you have a whole 'to-do' list to get through, you'll put off starting it. However, if you tell yourself that you just have one small task to complete, then it's easier to sit down and do it.

It's like knowing that you have to brush your teeth but not wanting to do it. So you tell yourself that you'll only brush one tooth, but you end up brushing them all. And it works the same with other jobs you have to do.

Don't tell yourself that you have to do a whole project. Break it down into individual tasks and then attempt the first one, and chances are, you'll end up accomplishing more than you think.

2. Keep a regular writing time. This may sound hard at first, especially if you're already trying to juggle kids and a job. But we all have some quiet time in our day that we can use for our writing.

I once saw an ad for online shopping, it said, "It's 1 a.m., the kids are in bed...let's shop." I thought "Wow! 1 a.m. is late to start online shopping, but if it's all the time you have..."

I've even known some writers who get up at 4am to get their writing done before the kids get up and their day starts.

3. Use a timer. You can't concentrate if you're always watching the clock. So use a timer and then lose yourself in your work. I also find that when I know the timer is running I'm less likely to get distracted. My timer is often my best friend when I'm trying to get some work done. And also I'm often surprised at how much I can get done once I start.

And that's it. That's the 3 things that, when used together, can really help you blast through any writing project, or at least, it really helps me.

I always keep a regular writing time, divide my projects into tasks and list them in the order they need to be done and I use a timer to keep me on track and to stop me wasting time.

I also use brain entrainment audios to block out other noises and help me to concentrate.  My favourite one is Brain Salon which is something I use nearly every day and it's more than paid for itself over time.

Try a free demo for yourself at http://www.brainsalon.com/demo/?a=writelady.

And read my latest article The 33-Minute Way to Beat Writers’ Block at:
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2018/33-minute-writers-block.html


Thursday, 24 May 2018

The Two Important Writing Perfections

In a recent article, I wrote about The Buddhist Six Perfections of Writing.

It's about how the Six Buddhist Perfections for life and spiritual practice can also be attributed to writing.

And I thought that two of these perfections were most pertinent:

Patience

Concentration

Patience - because writing takes time (so does everything). Not only that but it usually takes much longer to do than I think it will. Or sometimes writing seems to be slow but I'm actually working at a good pace so when I finally look at the clock I see that I haven't been writing for as long as I think. But I still need to keep my head down and work while I'm doing it. So patience is always required.

Concentration - because writing can often require 'deep work' in order to organise research, outline and stay on track of what I'm trying to say. Writing is not something that I can do while watching a movie or singing a song. It takes complete attention so that I can concentrate.

No doubt you've noticed yourself that you need a lot of patience, especially when working on a large writing project, and concentration to stick to what you're doing and to go deep into your own thoughts.

I know that makes writing sound difficult to do, but it's not.

Not if you have enough patience and the ability to concentrate.

You can read my complete article at
https://ruthiswriting.com/articles/2018/6-perfections.html

(Did you notice my new https in the URL? Still so pleased with my new website security update.)


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

How I Edit My Manuscripts

Books are the bread and butter of my writing income.

And as you know I'm currently working on my latest romance novel.

The manuscript is written and now I'm going through the second draft.

And it got me to thinking about how many people say that second draft is first draft minus 10%. In other words, the second draft should be a tightening up of the first draft and so take out whatever is unnecessary, which they always say is about 10% of what you've written.

And I used to believe that and so my second draft was always me looking for ways to cut words out.

Yet as the years progress I find more and more that my second draft equals my first drafts PLUS 30%. (my percentage may be wrong but I definitely add to my second draft, not take from it.)

That's because I find it easier to get the first draft written rather than getting it right. That has always been a favourite saying of mine (which I made up myself), "Don't get it right, get it written."

This is because my creativity flows better and my focus is razor-sharp if I'm writing without thinking about if it's right or not. I just need to get my book written. And most of the time, I find that even in parts of it where I think I've gone wrong, I haven't. On reading it through at second draft stage, I find it's fine.

And then comes the first edit which is where I read through my manuscript and, if it's fiction, I add more bits of detail such as what people are wearing or what they're eating, or I write more about their environment or I add more dialogue to conversations.

If I'm writing  non-fiction I go deeper into explanations of how or why to do things or talk more about how things came to be. Whatever it is, I always find more to add in the second draft.

That's not to say that I don't remove unnecessary things, because I do. But I still find more to add than to subtract.

And that's not a bad thing if it helps in the flow of creativity.

So ignore what anyone says about how to edit a book. Just do whatever makes your book the best it can be.

And enjoy writing that first draft because that's always the fun part.

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