I am often asked by students, colleagues, and clients alike: What is the hardest part about writing? My answer may surprise you.
- Many think that organization is the key to quality writing; creating an outline, organization (introduction, body, conclusion). Is this the struggle for you?
- What about those pesky writing fundamentals: grammar, spelling, when to use a comma or semicolon, when to capitalize (or not), and all those crazy things we learned in schools like the order of nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives and –of course split infinitives and gerunds.
- Let’s talk format. What about where to put things like page numbers, headings, spacing, titles, and of course in text citations and references.
Exhausted yet? Have we yet hit upon your hardest part about writing? Are you ready for the answer? Wait for it . . . wait for it . . .
The answer is? Simply getting started. Yep—nothing cosmic, nothing so difficult as splitting infinitives or where to place the comma. THEE MOST difficult part to writing . . . is simply putting words to paper. Writing that first book is really all about simple commitment in beginning to write. Remember, we can’t hire an editor or a publishing team UNTIL we have words on a page.
Sounds pretty easy doesn’t it? I assure you it isn’t. I once took over 4 YEARS to get a book started. Once started, soup to nuts, I completed the book in less than 6 weeks. THEE HARDEST part was simply making up my mind to get started! Surprised?????
Let me share lessons learned about how to write that next book–or that tips sheet for your website. Allison Rhonis and I are having a FREE WEBINAR on April 7th at 230 pm EST. Sign up today and share with us your stories. We’ll answer them on the seminar as we show you how to use Words and Websites to help grow your business. Again, the hardest part to writing is simply getting started. Let us show you how. Come play with us!
See you then!
Dr. Cheryl Lentz
Award winning Author, Editor, and Publisher