How to Set Writing Priorities

Making certain to write every day can be a big challenge, yet if you’re not writing every day, then you are not a writer. You are a dabbler – writing on this day, writing on that, but not being consistent. In order to be a writer, you have to write every day. You have to make writing a habit.

As soon as I make writing a habit, I realize that inevitably there are other priorities that begin to raise their heads. How do I make sure I get my blog posts published? What about my YouTube writing videos or my podcasts or emails? Is there any way I can spend x hours doing the lawn work I have to do this week? Etc. Etc. Etc.

I’ve realized the following: There are certain weeks when marketing has a higher priority, and there are certain weeks when writing has a priority. Yet, I still have to be writing every day. There are just some times when the writing will not be as much as usual. Don’t do this randomly. Figure out when you have to make writing a priority. Below are some guidelines.

Make writing a priority when. . .

  1. You are writing a first draft to a story.

Never, never, never drag the first draft of a story out too long. If you have to, table everything else. Make certain you complete the first draft. Then, you’ll be done with the most discouraging part of the writing process.

  1. You are nearing the half-way point with a story revision.

After the first draft of a story is completed, it’s easy to spend some time focusing on other priorities. Then, you begin to revise your story, yet it still doesn’t have first dibs. Make certain that as you progress through the revision process, you are raising the writing priority until it is first on your list. Keep this up until it is complete and ready for publication.

  1. You are behind with the macro-goals of how much writing you wanted done by the end of the year/bi-yearly.

If you realize your long-term goals aren’t being met, then do the following: 1) Make writing more of a habit, 2) Make writing more of a priority, and 3) (if you are already doing the prior steps as much as humanly possibly) Make your goals more realistic.

Your fellow writer,
Joshua Reynolds

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Gain Insight in Writing

As in everything, a good writer must learn insight in writing. An author must be able to look at his/her writing and pretty much instinctively be able to know what is wrong with it and how to change it.

Yet, how do authors learn this skill? Are we superhuman? Is there a learning curve?

If you are a new author, then understand this: We have all been where you are at right now. No one can write a perfect first book. What’s more: Not even a professional can write a perfect first draft. However, over time, we learn how to identify our mistakes. We approach writing as a process. Just as an athlete doesn’t do a high dive or a marathon without first warming up his muscles, so also an author doesn’t plunge through a book without warming up his “pen”. We gain inspiration and research. We compile reference material. And, we work through an outline. We recognize that each stage in the writing process is building our final work, yet none of it will be our final vision until the final draft is edited. And even then, we learn to release our work to the public even though we know there is more that could be done with it. Any project can always have more done to it.

Gaining insight is more than just practicing writing. It’s doing something over and over again that we have a love for. Every writer loves to write. Every storyteller (like myself) loves to create a new story and work through all the stages to complete it as we originally envisioned it to be.

Your fellow writer,
Joshua Reynolds

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Spend 8 Weeks and Write a Novel that Exceeds Your Expectations

We have reached the moment of decision. I know what I’m asking of you. Believe me, I’ve asked it of myself multiple times. It’s that moment when I realize I’m going to take the plunge to write my next book. And trust me: There is nothing so thrilling and adventuresome as the process of crafting your own imagined story!

You have a choice to make: Do what you’ve been doing (or worse, do nothing at all). You know where that will lead. An unfinished book. Embarrassment. Negative reviews. And dissatisfaction with your own manuscript. Is that really where you want to go? Take a new action, and get a new result. Apply for Writing Imagination Academy. Finally get the story you have imagined in your head to a completed manuscript that will exceed your own expectations.

8 weeks. A completed first draft. A road to having your story revised and ready for publication.

. . .or . . .

Several years – still an unfinished manuscript – lost confidence from your friends – and no seeable solution to having your book completed.

Which option do you really want for yourself? Here’s what to do now… Make sure you have signed up to my email by clicking the button at the bottom of this post. Watch the free video training, and send me an email with a couple paragraphs outlining a few things about your book (general plot-line, a few things the main characters do, setting, a few action points from the free video training). It doesn’t have to be detailed. I will be sure to get back with you.

Again, the seats are limited to 50 total. Go to my home page: www.conservativecornerstones.com to see how many seats are left and how much time there is until the next course, and apply today. If accepted, I’ll provide you a link where you may purchase the course for the flat fee of $200, and you have two weeks of the course to opt-in for your %100 Money Back Guarantee. I’m taking all the risk. Hope to see you on the inside!

Your fellow Writer,
Joshua Reynolds

P.S. Still undecided? I still plan to always give more tips and tricks for FREE in future posts! I’ve left you with the decision. The rest is up to you.

P.P.S. Did you know that I always write my first draft on paper? I really do! This is the writing tip of the day. Writing with pen and paper helps push all distractions away, such as the internet, the glowing screen of a computer, the operating system and word processor, etc. I have found that the best way to let my creativity flow is allowing my mind to think and immediately transfer it down to the notebook.

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