The Fastest Way to Write Your Book

November is National Nonfiction Writing Month. So if you’re in the middle of writing your book, or want to get started, here is a wonderfully helpful post from Nina Amir with a fantastic tip I love to share with authors—five steps to write your book quickly.

There’s not much more to say from me since Nina captures the thought so well. I’ll leave you to read her post here. Write your book!

Writer’s Block No More

I recently heard Jerry B. Jenkin’s say, “No one gets ‘worker’s block’ as an excuse. There’s always work to do.”

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I enjoyed being one of the speakers at the Writing for the Soul conference with Jerry B. Jenkins and team this past weekend.

I was a part of a panel discussion Q&A at the end of the conference, and a participant asked how we deal with writer’s block. Since Jerry has authored more than 180 books, 16 of which have reached the New York Times bestseller list, he definitely had an opinion. I quickly wrote down Jerry’s response, which is both challenging and empowering.

He made it clear that writer’s block is never an excuse, in the same way an employee can’t show up for work one day and say, “I can’t work today. I have worker’s block.”

There’s always work to do, even if things aren’t flowing the way you want. Jerry said that he always starts his day by rereading and editing his work the day before, which launches him into his work for the day. Great advice for every writer!

I’ve found two other ways to avoid writer’s block:

  1. Write what you know and out of the overflow of your heart. Eric Smith addresses this issue in my How I Write interview with him here.
  2. Have a plan and stick to it. If you have a written-out plan for your book (an outline) before you start writing the core content, you can follow your heart (whatever it may be that day) and choose to write any portion of the book you want. Find additional tips in my post Increase Your Writing Speed.

If you’ve used writer’s block as an excuse, don’t let it be an excuse any more. There’s always work that can be done.

Question: How do you deal with writer’s block?

Getting Unstuck in Your Writing

I recently received an email from a friend who is retired and writing his memoirs for his grandchildren. He shared what he did to get out of writer’s block and onto what his audience wanted to hear. After reading it, I knew I had to share his thoughts with you. Thanks, Dave, for sending this to me and for allowing me to share it with others.

There was a time about three or four months ago when I had a significant block for about thirty to forty minutes. Maybe that doesn’t qualify as a true block, but for me it was. I was sitting down to write and I could not come up with what was the next thing I wanted to say. I prayed and nothing came.

After that period of time I mentioned (thirty to forty minutes), I suddenly recalled what you had written in your book. I think it was the Spirit reminding me. You said in effect, “Don’t try to figure out what you want to say to your audience, but ask yourself what your audience wants to hear from you.”

As I thought about that, I realized the truth of that statement. I was trying to figure out in my head what I thought I should say rather than listening to the Holy Spirit tell me what to say. In my head there was no way I would know what I should say to my grandkids, but I knew His Spirit would speak to my spirit as to what I should say.

It struck me quite deeply that when I put my head or brain before the Spirit, that is a misalignment. The correct alignment is the Holy Spirit to my spirit to my soul (mind, will, emotion) and then to my body. When I made that correction the words just flowed. It was amazing to me and taught me a big lesson that I’ve applied many times since.

So much of my life has been this way until recent years, and that’s gradually changing. It is part of the Western culture that we live in—to be headstrong and spirit weak. 

I like that Dave did two things here:

  • He stopped and thought of the perspective of the reader – “What do they want to hear?”
  • He listened to the inspiration that God provided. God knows what he wants Dave to write and is willing to share.

If you’ve been running up against writer’s block lately, give these two things a try.

Question: What is something you do to get out of a writer’s block? Leave your comment below.

5 Top Posts, 7 Recommended Posts

The last few weeks I have been completing a few book projects and have not taken the time for my blog posts. While I finish up one more project, I’d like to share my five most popular posts since I started this blog, plus a few more that I think are helpful.

So if you’re new to this blog or haven’t read any of those listed below, pick one or a few that may be of interest of you today and continue on the path to write your book.

5 Top Posts

  1. Don’t Add. Multiply. Ten Benefits of Writing a Book
  2. 8 Questions to Help You Choose What to Write About for Your Book
  3. How to Create an Attractive and Professional Cover Design for Your Book
  4. 7 Tips to Choose a Winning Title and Subtitle for a Nonfiction Book
  5. Trust Takes Time, but Time Doesn’t Build Trust: Are You Leading Wisely?

7 Recommended Posts (that are not mentioned above)

Question: Which of these posts is most helpful for you and why? Leave your comment below.

Theory of the Eldest – By John Providence

Fool's Costume 3DLast year I had the privilege to work on The Fool’s Costume: A Strange ConfessionFilled with both tragic and extraordinarily supernatural events, this true story reads more like a novel than a biography. This book clearly demonstrates the power of God to turn evils into good, and I was greatly impressed at the author’s ability to tell his story. John’s book is available on his website for free. Below are excerpts from chapter two.

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In one of my first memories, Davey and I were gleefully jumping on the bed in our room when we collided in midair and knocked heads. Davey wailed in agony. The instant the sound escaped his lips, Mother flew into the room in full-on crisis mode and threw herself down beside her youngest child, hysterically inquiring what happened. Davey, about two, mustered between sobs, “Johnny hit my head.” At that, Mother grabbed a fistful of my hair and slapped me across the face while throttling me about. When her furry subsided, I tried to tell her about the accident. “Don’t lie to me! You hurt Davey on purpose because you hate him!” And the fury commenced.

Mother stalked me. Often while playing alone with Davey, the hair on the back of my neck stood on end. Looking about, I would see some part of Mom’s body sticking out from her hiding place, notice the shadows cast by her feet under the door, or hear the floor creak as she crept closer. Her presence made me feel terribly awkward, and I did not know what to do. I knew why she was there—to catch me hurting Davey. But I did not want to hurt him like she believed. Then I got a grand idea. While Mother was spying, I would play extra nice with Davey to show her how much I really loved him!

“AH, HA!” Mother yelled as she leapt into the open. “You sneaky little cheat. You knew I was there the whole time and tried to put me on with your act. Well, you’ll have to get up pretty early in the morning to pull one over on me, Buster!” The next time she snuck up on me I said hello to avoid looking the deceiver. “So you think you’re pretty clever now, don’t you? You better enjoy this victory while it lasts. You may’ve won this time, but I’m in it for the long haul. We’ll see who’ll have the last laugh!”

Why did Mother treat me so? “You are the eldest, the firstborn child, just like your Grandma Pearl and Uncle Teddy were. As the eldest, you were born with the same character flaws as them. You have the Type-A personality and choleric temperament that every firstborn automatically does. Only I know who you really are, and it is my God-given duty as your parent to correct the personality flaws that come along with being the firstborn.

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