Be Consistent With Your Writing Times

take-your-desktop-for-a-walk-through-the-forest-nature-picture-forest-wallpaper[1]There are many reasons why writers have a difficult time to be consistent with their writing times. Many beginning writers is all-or-nothing writers. This especially occurs if writers are constantly disturbed by their family and other activities, or if they suffer from burn out.

Some writers are overwhelmed by the devastating effects of setting boundaries around their writing time. The good news is that there are many things that writers can do to over it. The trick is to try to do something about the problem before it gets out of hand.

Here are five tips that can help you become a much more consistent writer.

1. Give yourself permission to write.

Many writers feel guilty when they sit down to write. They figure that there is so much to do and so many places to go. This is especially the case if the writer is part of a family of non-writers—which covers most of us. We want to write. But our family always wants to be going and doing something other than write.

The best way to handle this situation is to give yourself permission to write, every day, even if you’re experiencing family pressures. You may do this by telling your family that you won’t be joining them for a particular social activity or outing. Then while your family is away, you can do your writing for the day. You must be serious about your writing time in order for your family to take your family seriously.

2. Don’t be an all-or-nothing writer.

Many writers write for four hours one day and then don’t write at all for the next few days or even weeks. This kind of haphazardness and inconsistency with your writing time can paralyze your productivity levels over time. Further, the lack of consistency in your writing routine can really put a damper on any kind of consistent productivity as well.

So, the best way to eliminate inconsistency is to try to write every day. Even if you only write for fifteen minutes to half an hour, it is important you develop the habit to write every day. Don’t let anything stop you. There is nothing that can stop inconsistency more readily and successfully than writing every day. You’ll be in the habit of writing and you will enjoy the process of writing.

3. Set consistent times to write, even if you don’t feel like it.

Many writers can’t write consistently. Instead, they find sporadic times to write, on sporadic projects, never really pulling things together to complete any manuscript or novel. This kind of inconsistency can cause a lot of disorganization and psychological dislocation for writers. In addition, I think it is important for writers to get into the habit of writing. And nothing can eliminate inconsistency faster than learning to take your writing seriously.

4. Continue to write regardless.

You may experience frustration with one project. But you should remember that you’re still a writer. So, if you’re stuck on one project, you may want to switch projects and do some writing on a new project or work on a re-draft of another manuscript that you left idle for a while. Sometimes changing focus can really make a difference in your writing productivity and output. It can also be a morale booster—and all writers need that from time to time.

5. Take a time out and come back fresh.

Sometimes, the best thing that writers can do if they are consistently inconsistent with their writing is to take a break because they may be experiencing burn out. If you try to work on other projects, and still nothing seems to be going right for you, maybe its time to take a short break away from writing. You can do this by taking a few hours off and doing something completely different. This will refresh your spirits and you should come back totally renewed.

In more serious cases, it may be necessary for you to take a mini-vacation from writing. This doesn’t mean that you should quit. All you want to do is to take a break. The best thing to do in this situation is to go to the cottage or somewhere where you can totally relax. Don’t fill your vacation time with activity. Instead, so some real relaxation. To help yourself recover from burn out, you need complete rest for a while. When you come back to your writing after your repose, you’ll feel refreshed and be able to start writing again.

By taking these tips, you will finally not be an all-or-nothing writer. You will also be able to take control of a small burp in your overall productivity and focus without engaging in negative self-talk and undermining your self-confidence. Sometimes, a rest away from writing can give you the much-needed perspective you need to face your writing with more equanimity and peace.

To your Success!

Irene S. Roth

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Telling Your Family Your will be Writing For Optimal Success as a Writer

   It is crucially important for writers to create proper writing conditions for themselves. This can take some time to achieve. However, with practise and perspicacity, it is possible to accomplish this.

Over the next few weeks, I will outline ten ways to create the most conducive writing conditions for optimal success as a writer. So, stay tuned for that.

This week, I will outline the first condition of creating the proper writing conditions for writing so that you are most successful. I spend a lot of time on it because I believe it is the biggest barrier to our being the best writer that we can be.

Over my fifteen plus years of coaching writers, I have found that one of the hardest things to do is to tell your family about your writing times and sticking to them. however, without your family’s understanding and commitment to giving you the space and time that you need to write, you won’t be successful.

This is because when you are fighting for even a bit of time to write all the time, you won’t be able to write effectively, and you won’t be at your best when you finally sit down to write after either arguing with your spouse and experiencing toxic emotions. So, it is very important to set boundaries with your family early on.

Writers need peace of mind and heart before they can write effectively. They can’t be stressed out before they sit down to write. Writing is hard work and it takes a lot of energy and focus to write at our best. So, we don’t need any added burdens.

Here are a few tips to get your best writing done, even if your family is giving you a hard time when you sit down to write.

  • If you struggle with your family all the time, perhaps it is best to write outside of the home at your local library or university library. These places are there for everyone, especially writers. That way, you don’t have to fight. You can just sit down and write.
  • Have a room of your own to write. If you write in the living room while your husband and children are watching television and playing video games, you won’t have the kind of solitude that you need to be at your best.
  • Tell your family ahead of time when you will be writing. Notice I said tell and not ask. If your spouse is not a writer, she/he won’t understand how important it is to have a consistent writing time, for instance. So, you must tell them that you need time to write and when you will be writing.
  • Post your writing schedule on your fridge or somewhere in the kitchen where it is visible to your family. You can use an 8 ½ x 11 size piece of printer paper with markers and get a new one up each month, or you can just as easily use a calendar. Devote one calendar for this purpose. Tear one page off for the month that you are in at present and write in your writing times every day.
  • When your time to write comes, you must go and write. Don’t put on a load of clothes, wash dishes after dinner or do some ironing. Instead, get into your writing space, center for a few minutes (if you need to), and write.
  • Be consistent and persistent. Most times if you are consistent and write at similar times for a few weeks, your family will get used to the idea that you are writing. They may even look forward to having that time to themselves too. This will take some time though. You just must be consistent. I can’t underline that enough. Consistency is the key.
  • Don’t write with anyone, not even pets. I know there are writers who write with a pet cat or dog. But they will eventually become a distraction as they meow or bark for attention. People are just as distracting. You may think that your daughter will sit and quietly read her book while you write. But she will only read for a while and then she will want to get your attention. By taking these steps, you will be taking concrete steps to write consistently. And that, my friends, is your ticket to success in writing.

By taking these steps, you will be taking concrete steps to write consistently. And that, my friends, is your ticket to success in writing.

Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann

I picked up this book over the Christmas Holiday. It was again among the new books at my local library. And the title intrigued me.

The book was a bit surprising in that I expected to read a book that has a lot of tips for young writers. However, this wasn’t the case really. Instead, what I did receive as I started reading it are inspiring tidbits on how to write with authenticity. This then has become one of the most unusual books that I read about writing. It does so much more than offer advice. It teaches you how to look at the world as an authentic writer.

There’s an old saying: writers are always writing, whether or not they are sitting in front of a computer screen or piece of paper, holding a pen. This is because whether consciously or unconsciously, we are always looking for material to write about. This is especially the case if we have been bitten by the writer’s bug and we know that we want to write.

McCann shows the reader precisely how to be that writer–that one that is full of intrigue and wonder and amazement in all that is in the world around him.

The world is really a canvass for the writer to see, hear, touch, taste, smell and take in. I know how overwhelming this is because I too am a writer. I know how it is to be sitting in a restaurant and wonder what kind of life the person who is sitting in front of me has.

If you are a writer, this book is definitely for you. But if you’re not a writer, you may become one quite quickly after reading this book!  So, proceed with caution. Unless, of course, you want to become a writer!  Then run to your local library and take it out.

This is a book that I will read and re-read over the years. It is deep and authentic.

A Wonderful Political Fantasy

Chosen
By Paddy Bostock

In this wonderful political fantasy story, Paddy Bostock is back with a book that is unforgettable and mesmerizing. It is a book that I couldn’t put down, once I started reading it.

It is a story that most of us can relate to. We all get bored with our lives, regardless of what profession we are in. And sometimes, we feel that we have to make fairly big changes just to have a little bit of bliss and freedom. Jeremy Crawford wants to live a life that he chooses and not one that is handed on by others.

In this story, Jeremy Crawford seems to have it all. He has a great life as a very wealthy banker. But he feels that something is missing in his life. He no longer wants to continue as he did for many years, living someone else’s life. He wants to live a life than isn’t mediocre and dull. He wants to be able to do other things of his own choosing.

It’s hard to believe that Jeremy would want to pursue something as different as politics. But he does. Much like our world, the world that Bostock has created in his book is just as out of control as ours is currently. But how can Jeremy resolve his need for freedom and autonomy through the world of politics? It seems that these goals do not cohere with each other, until we read Bostock’s story.

I loved the story from start to finish. It is honest and raw. And it highlights the need that we all have as humans to be recognized and free. This story is so powerful that it may just make the reader want to reflect on his own life and make some small and/or big changes. I’d love to thank Bostock for yet another great story! I can’t wait to read your next book!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

A Wonderfully Written Thriller

Arcadia’s Children 2: The Fyfield Plantation
By Andrew R. Williams

This book is a sequel to Arcadia’s Children: Samantha’s revenge published this past year. This book is a wonderful sequel to the first book in the series. And Tarmy and Samantha return too!

This is a great story. Once, Mick Tarmy finds himself in a situation that takes his breath away. It isn’t his fault that he finds himself in this situation. But it is what it is and now he has to deal with it or he will be in even more danger.

He is still carrying the burdens of a deceased criminal and outlaw. He is hated and loved by people around him. This is a combination that makes his life really hard to get his mind around. And it is dangerous at every turn both to him and his loved ones.

However, the people who hate Tarmy have evil schemes hovering in the background. They would like to kill him so that they don’t have to see him anymore. They don’t even care how many people that Tarmy cares about and loves get hurt in the process. But most importantly, they are also after his daughter, Amanda. This is something that he can’t fathom and put up with. So, the tension is at its highest at this point in the story drawing the reader even more deeply into the narrative of the book.

Tarmy starts to take all of these hardships quite personally, and he falls into a deep melancholy. However, he cannot allow himself to resist fighting because Samantha is hovering in the background ready to pounce and make the situation even worse.

I love Williams’ way of creating plot lines within plot lines. He is a master storyteller, someone that any writer might want to emulate because of the depth, breath, honesty and sincerity of his writing.

I loved this story from start to finish! I will definitely be recommending it to my friends who love thrillers. I can’t wait for his next book!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

A wonderful and Inspiring Picture Book for Kids of all Ages

This is one of these wonderful books for kids of all ages.  It will inspire kids to be their best and to empower themselves to be their best.

This book showcases a girl who has low self-esteem. She is struggling to fit in as a normal girl.  She always feels awkward.  She hides and tries to not engage with the world around her because she believes others will shun her and disapprove of her.

But as the story progresses, with the encouragement of others, she stands tall and she allows herself to be who she is, a wonderful, capable, beautiful and intelligent person.

We are all made in the image of God. And because of this, we were meant to be who we are, not anyone else. Jesus doesn’t make junk. He makes people who are each in their own way beautiful and wonderful.

This book offers this wonderful message for kids of all ages. I recommend it for girls but also boys. I invite parents to read this book over and over to their kids. We live in a culture that is so negative. We all need encouragement. We all need to be inspired. And this book offers just that!

I loved this book from beginning to end.

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

A Wonderful Sci-Fi Story That Will Keep You Reading and Reading

Arcadia’s Children: Samantha’s Revenge
By Andrew R. Williams

This is a very captivating sci-fi fantasy story that will keep you reading until you have finished the last page. The story is one of a kind. You will want to read more. But alas the story will be over.

Williams’ sci-fi fantasy story has many intriguing twists and turns which will easily captivate your attention from the beginning. Williams portrays an exciting and adventurous story of alien invasion in a vivid and convincing way.

In addition, the characters are drawn with amazing credibility, depth, and integrity. If you’re looking for an action packed, sci-fi fantasy adventure that’s packed with courage, bravery and heroism that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat, this book is for you.

Further, the story had every element a good story should have. This amazing story has an exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s also an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that will make you feel like you are right in the middle of the story in another worldly place, far away from the here and now.

There is something very magical about reading fantasy fiction like this. It helps us imagine worlds that are quite removed from our own and some of the possibilities outside our realm of the normal of here and now. And this story did exactly that for me.

This is the first book in the series. I can’t wait to see what Andrew Williams comes up next. I’m sure he’s creating it as we speak.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth