Your Practices Help You Prosper
You may or may not know that in addition to being an author, I’ve spent a decade and a half as an executive and business coach. Recently, I’ve been hired by professionals who are aspiring authors because they know there’s great value and credibility from becoming a published author.
Our initial conversations often center around the actual writing of the first draft. And there’s a misconception about how a final, polished, and lovely to read final version is created. All of them, to a person, feel like they need a perfect first draft. If only!
To make the leap from aspiring published writer/author to income-generating published writer/author, you need to know this:
Brilliant books aren’t written. They are written, rewritten, edited, and polished.
Here’s a little excerpt from Prosperity for Writers I think will help:
Practice #1: Prosperous writers write dirty first drafts, and they are okay with the fact that they are “dirty.”
I love the term “dirty” when it comes to a first draft. What that means to me is I’ve completed the first piece of the project, and I still have the expectation there’s quite a bit of time and effort that needs to go into polishing it—way before it becomes a final product. And I’m okay with that. Do you write dirty first drafts, or have you held yourself back from completing a project because you’ve tried to edit and rewrite instead of just finishing? Can you let go of an expectation of a perfect, final first draft (something that only exists in fairy tales and urban legends)? The real answer is a resounding yes—yes you can complete first drafts. Get those words down on paper. Any finished writing project wasn’t written; it was re-written. Then it was edited, looked over, re-written, and proofread.
Your new practice of writing dirty first drafts includes making a commitment to yourself and perhaps your project. Finish this sentence, “I am committed to ____.” Or, “I am committed to sitting down and writing my first draft by (date).” You could also make measurable progress toward that first draft by committing to a daily practice or goal, such as, “I am committed to writing 500 words daily,” or whatever works for you.
I want you to make an abundant living from your writing and I know if you can come to terms with the fact that there is a process and everyone goes through that process , you will be a little easier on yourself and you’ll be more likely to get out of your own way — and that means the money will start flowing sooner!
More Good Stuff:
~ To Listen: I’m a mad fan of Jaime Tardy, and she had me on the Eventual Millionaire Podcast. Do I think you can become a millionaire from writing? Oh, you betcha!
~To Write: More tips on How to Develop a Daily Writing Habit
~To Read: The brilliant and wonderful Chris Fox follows up his brilliant bestseller Write to Market with the terrific Launch to Market. Serious must-reads for your prosperity consciousness!
~ Resources: 3CsBooks.com provides professionally designed ebooks and paperbacks, Writership rocks at developmental and copy editing, as well as a thorough proofread.
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