Do you write? Are you working on a book, or are you writing articles, blog posts, or the like? Do you have a plan for writing? You should. It will make your writer's life so much easier.
1 Topic: What is the main idea? Can you state it in one sentence? If not, it might be too broad. Then you will need to narrow the topic.
2 Brainstorm: A Map to Follow Did you ever sit in front of your computer not knowing what to write? This will hardly happen to you if you have a map to follow. The map will consist of ideas which are related to the main topic. Organize the ideas into headings and subheadings and details. That is one way to create the Table of Contents which will be your guide through the writing process. No more blank pages. You will have your outline in front of you and know exactly what to write about each day.
3 Estimate: Words & Time First, ask yourself how long the article, book, blog post will be. Then, ask yourself how many words you can write within an hour. Divide the word count by the words you can accomplish within an hour. That will give you an idea of how many hours you will need to finish your text. Don't underestimate possible delays. In fact, expect them to happen. You might be able to write 750 or 1000 words per hour, but can you accomplish that many words within an hour when distractions are in your way? As for me, I like to count on no more than 300-500 words per hour. I know that doesn't sound like much, however, this will enable me to write at a comfortable speed. I don't have to worry too much when things are not working according to plan.
4 To-Do-Lists Before you begin to write make research lists (online searches, articles and books to read, places to visit, and questions to ask). Create a table to fill in details of articles, audio files, books, web addresses, etc. for the bibliography of your book. These lists will help you stay focused on your tasks. That way, when you sit at the computer and write you will not get distracted by doing research. Keep the list/s on your desk and make note of what research/es need to be done.
5 Schedule Your Writing This is so important. I can't emphasize this enough. There is a time for everything under the sun. There is a time for writing. Create a weekly planner and set aside a block of time for writing. Guard the time to write. Withdraw to a quiet place. Avoid any distractions. Work according to your plan.
Does God's Word tell us more about animals and our relationship to them? It surely does! It is amazing what God will reveal to us when we take the time to study the Bible for ourselves.
While writing part one, the foundation of my book, I have discovered verses in the Bible that talk about where dogs come from, how we should think about ownership, and the importance of how to treat animals.
I'm currently working on part two which will talk more about the practical aspects of dog training. In part three I intend to give advice on what to do when things have gone wrong. There is hope! Even an old dog can learn new tricks.
I'm excited to go on studying and researching more about dog training in the coming weeks and by God's grace I would love to have this project finished in October of this year.
As a writer, published or not, what project/s are you currently working on? What part of writing do you enjoy the most?
Remember that I have told you about Writing On a New Computer? I'm not using it as much for writing as I had planned to.
What's wrong with it? Nothing. You see, it's the way I have been using it lately. I'm spending far too much time online. Within a matter of minutes I'll get side-tracked. It's just so convenient not having to go through the effort of pulling the internet cable all the way to my (old) computer. Just one simple click and the Mac Mini's Wifi is on. Then, off I go, searching the world wide web. The online dictionary and thesaurus website is great for looking up specific words. At another address I type in a German word, click on the search button, and the English word is provided in an instant. I find answers in no time at all online – alongside with quickly reading the email that just popped in, tracking the parcel that is out for delivery today, and checking the status of an order I had placed last week. Later on, though, I'll regret that I have not accomplish as much writing as I would have liked to that day.
No, my new computer isn't the problem. It's not the internet's fault either. The Mac and the world wide web are neither good nor bad. It's how I'm using them. Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate my Mac Mini very much. It's a great little piece of technology. And, I'm still going online to do research and/or to check emails and orders, of course. But when it comes to writing, I like to keep that pure and distraction-free.
I haven’t used an Apple computer in ages. My Macbook no longer exists, the iMac has been traded in a couple of years ago, and the outdated Mac Mini (which I hadn’t used for a long time) went into another good home a while back. Fact is, that I’ve got used to typing with a PC that has an old Windows system on it. I didn’t miss the macOS at all.
Last week we had traded in my iPad Pro, which had been with us for a few years now. Do I miss it? No! I literally used to take it everywhere I went. It had been with me while going on a day trip or while on vacation. It had been with me whenever I went to Bible study. In the morning it had been the first thing I had to put aside so that it would give way to my printed Bible. In the evening it had been the last thing I put aside after reading ebooks and after checking mails once more before going to bed. No, I feel the freedom of not being online all of the time.
My husband said that it was about time for me to get a new computer to use for my writing. Hm, but what kind? I’ll have to admit, I started to like the idea of getting another Mac. However, Apple PCs aren’t inexpensive; and, with one income, money is a bit tight and so bigger investments are not that easy to make. On the other side, we have just traded in my iPad and received a gift card over a couple hundred euros. The other thing is that hubby is working for Apple so he gets a good discount on new items. All of this has made it possible to consider investing into another Mac. Did I want one? After finding out we would pay less than half the price, I felt that I was ready for another one. ;)
The order was sent out and on Wednesday this week I have received my new Mac Mini. I’m very grateful that we have been able to afford it. After a little bit of a bumpy start, I’m quite pleased with it and I’m already back into writing with Pages — loving it just as much as I used to a couple of years ago.
In Writing Tools I have told you a little about fountain pens, rollerball pens, and ballpoint pens. I mentioned that for a while I've tried using pencils only but eventually I ended up using disposable pens. The thought of going back to rollerball pens, however, didn't let me go. Perhaps because I hadn't been too happy about my own handwriting after all?
I went shopping the other day. The stationary department seemed to magically draw me close to its aisles. I started looking at, you've guessed it, pens. And there it was! I thought, Oh, look at that beauty! Immediately I took a picture and sent it per express (no problem in the age of social media and messengers) to my hubby. I wanted to have his opinion about it, especially since it cost more than what I was willing to spend for a new pen. No reply. You see, while I was shopping, he had gone to the gas station to fill up the car and to have it cleaned. I continued putting the groceries into the cart until I saw my husband coming into the store. I made my way briskly toward him and told him all about the pen that I have seen over in the stationary department. "Let me see it," he said, and we walked to where all the writing materials are found. I'm so grateful that my husband has said: "Let's buy it. You need a good pen to do all of your writing."
So this is it: my new Parker Fountain Pen. It's slim, light, fun to write with, and the ink dries well and therefore does not smear easily. I'm quite happy with it.
Do you have a favorite pen or pencil to write with? Do you prefer blue or black ink when writing with a ballpoint / rollerball / fountain pen?
I'm a helpmeet, homemaker and writer. I was born and raised in Germany but I'm now living in the stunning Sunny South East of Ireland.