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Tips on Writing Your First EBook - Why You Need a Ritual to Write
by Glen Ford
There are many ways to ruin your writing. Some are technical. You can spell poorly. You can write as if you don't know English grammar. Some are structural. You can ignore the IBC structure. You can ignore logic. Some are market oriented. You can choose topics that no one is interested in.
But the worst are the result of bad habits and lack of mental and work focus. They can prevent you from writing at all.
One of the techniques to overcome these latter is to create good habits. Habits that help to focus your mind and ignore interruptions. Habits that help prevent interruptions. Habits that become routines and rituals.
A ritual is simply an intentional habit. It's a way of always doing the same things -- with intent.
But why would you need a ritual for your writing?
First off, as I've mentioned already, if you simply sit down and begin writing there are number of bad habits that you will bring to the desk top. Creating a ritual out of getting ready to write will help you avoid those issues. A ritual will also help you to create a habit out of these good habits and techniques.
A getting started ritual will help you carry out a set of steps which are focused on preventing interruptions. For example, your ritual may include such things as shutting down your email. It may also include things like turning off your telephone. Or it may include elements like closing your door. All of these are intended to remove a potential source of interruptions. And as we all know, interruptions are extremely hard on your productivity.
A getting started ritual will also help you carry out steps which are intended to ensure that you have all your materials at hand. For example, your ritual might include getting a pad and paper. You might also lay out your outline or writing plan for the day. Or you might gather all your research and place it on your desk. Or you might put your thesaurus or dictionary beside you. You might even start (or end) your process by getting a coffee or cup of tea. Try making a list of everything you need and make a ritual of laying it out.
Another part of your ritual might involve actual preparation for writing. This might include such elements as a five minute relaxation or meditation. Or it might be as simple as closing your eyes for a moment and picking up your cup of tea. In any case, you need to take a few moments to clear your mind, gather your thoughts and prepare for the effort of writing.
Finally, your writing process should also be ritualized. But here there are certain tricks that your writing system can and should help you with. For example, you may always start your day off by editing your prior day's work. This will help you to write in the same style and with the same voice. It will also help you to focus your writing efforts on writing only without editing. This latter will help you to write quickly.
About the Author
Do you want to read more free information like this? Go to my blog: learningcreators.com/blog/Glen Ford is an accomplished consultant, trainer and writer. He has far too many years experience as a trainer and facilitator to willingly admit.