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How to brainstorm an outline easy and painless

We brainstorm ideas all the time. But what about the outline?

I have to admit, outlining a story stops my creative process cold.

Tell me to produce an outline and instant flashbacks to grade school haunt my mind. Yuck! Until now, nothing has helped my phobia of outlines.

It all starts with Brainstorming.

If you too have an adverse reaction to outlines, keep reading. Because Joanna Penn gave me the help I needed and hopefully you’ll get a few good tips to help your aversion too.

What I learned from Joanna Penn…

  • Brainstorming helps you outline. (Who knew?)
  • Think of outlining as a writing recipe. A way to organize your thoughts. (this was an AH HA moment for me.)
  • Brainstorming is throwing out ideas and seeing which ones stick. (Freeing.)
  • There are 6 different styles. (Find yours, I’m number 6.)
    • Joanna gives steps for each style.
  • Finding your specific style will help plan/outline your novel.
  • And… Bullet points are my friend. 

Click the link below and find out what style do you use to write.

Now tell me…

Which style did you relate to?

Do you outline before you write?

How do you plan a book? 

 

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Writing Tips: Learn to Love Outlining by Finding Your Unique Planning Style by 

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How to overcome your fear

Well, it’s Halloween again and scary things are heading your way.

But do you really need to open the door to find scary things that instill fear?

No, not me. All I have to do is walk over to my desk. 

Because, if you’re a writer, you live with fear. At least I do. Fear of failure, and fear of success. Yep, that’s right. Sitting down at the keyboard is a whole other kind of fear.

 

Is it really fear of writing or is it fear of failure?

Do you suffer from Graphophobia, Scriptophobia, Achievemephobia,  Atychiphobia or some other phobia?

Oh yeah, there is a phobia for everything.

Scriptophobia, fear of writing (in public, class, etc.). I believe a writer can feel this fear because we are expecting someone, someday to read what we’ve written. ie… public.

Graphophobia, fear of handwriting. Okay, this one is a stretch for writers. But, hey you never know, so I threw it in for good measure.

Achievemephobia, fear of success. Hmm, yeah sometimes this does bother me. How would my life change if I wrote a bestselling book? I’m not a big people person, preferring the quiet of my home to a convention floor.

But first I, and maybe you must get over the biggest fear.

Achievemephobia, the fear of failure. If there is a writer anywhere in the world that hasn’t felt a fear of failure at one point in their life, I’d love to meet them.

So, according to Mark Twain, it’s okay to be afraid but not okay to let fear stop us. 

Doesn’t matter what you call it, we can overcome any fear including finishing that manuscript.

How? One word at a time.

What is your biggest fear?

What fear keeps you from writing?

What fear stops you from succeeding?

 

Want to read more about phobias, and how to overcome the fear of writing? Click links at the end of this post.

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3 Tricks to Overcome Your Fear of Writing by 

10 Ways to Harness Fear and Fuel Your Writing By:  

Writers Anxiety 

 Overcoming Fear of Failure – Facing Your Fear of Moving Forward

Fear of Writing Phobia – Graphophobia or Scriptophobia

 

 

A surprising read with something for everyone

I haven’t posted a book review in quite a while, so thought it was time.

First I must confess, I don’t read a lot of books by James Patterson having OD on them years ago. However, after watching an interview on Stephen Colbert, my curiosity got the better of me and I downloaded a sample. I almost always download a free sample before handing over my hard-earned cash.

What a nail-biting surprise.

Not the cover, anyone can recognize the book, guess the author to be James Patterson and that you’re getting a political thriller. But everything else was a pleasant surprise.

 Don’t click away just because you may not be a Clinton fan.

Keep reading. The only bits of Bill Clinton I recognized in the book is authenticity for Presidential details and procedures.

I did not find this to be a partisan story but an American story, and a story of survival. So, set aside your skepticism, sit back and enjoy the ride.

The tale woven by Mr. Patterson is filled with suspense as he shows the frailties, limitations, and vulnerabilities of a country. He explores how much we’ve come to rely on technology and how difficult, if not impossible, life would become without it.

What would happen if, in one keyboard stroke, all internet services vanished?

Can you even begin to envision what would happen to your life?

  • ATMs – banks can’t verify your account
  • Retirement – what retirement account
  • Medical – hospital records gone, automated machines such as oxygen, medicine, and robotic surgeries grind to a halt.
  • Airports – no navigation systems, ground or air
  • Water – filtration plants stop, no clean water
  • Electrical – grids across the nation go dark
  • Cell – towers no longer transmit

And the list goes on. Our country would be thrown back to the dark ages. This is the premise of Mr. Patterson’s book. About not only what could happen to our lives but also what steps the government would need to take to keep us safe.

I give The President is Missing 5 Stars!

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Let me know what you think.

What book have you read recently? 

Have you read this book yet?

Have I peaked your curiosity?

Are you going to check out the FREE sample?

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How to avoid murdering your voice and boring the readers

Two words – Conservational writing.

Means: writing to a friend.

So how do you write like you talk without it sounding like crap? Without putting the reader to sleep?

Well, here are a few tips, hope they help.

  • Writing to a crowd can kill your voice.
    • Instead, write as if you are writing to a friend.
    • Imagine your favorite person opening and reading your book, email or text. Will they laugh, cry or close it up unfinished?
  • Conservational writing is not writing like you talk.
    • Messy first drafts are to be expected.
    • Then, edit until your writing doesn’t sound like stuffy writing but like casual conversation.
  • Don’t write to impress
    • Write to be read.
    • Use contractions.
    • Write with common words.
  • Read blogs, contemporary novels and listen to podcasts.
    • Avoid proper English books until ready to edit.
    • Read good conversational writing.
  • Write in short sentences and paragraphs.
    • This helps avoid boring the reader to death.
  • Use the active voice.
    • Avoid passive writing when possible.
  • Read your writing out loud.
    • Record yourself reading.
    • Sounds too formal, rewrite.

Hope these tips helped a little. The articles below go into more depth, be sure and click on the links to read.

Do you imagine a friend when you write?

Do you think conversational writing applies to books, stories as well as blogs?

What tip could you add?

 

15 Tips for Writing in a Conversational Tone

How To Write in a Conversational Tone – A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Write Conversational Content and Make Your Readers Deliriously Happy by 

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