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Change the Channel: Develop Stepping Stones for Success!

Did you know that negative thoughts take up the most space in your brain?

Writers can easily get caught up in frustration and end up with overpowering thoughts of failure causing them to quit before they ever begin.

Here are a few CrabbyCakes “Stepping Stones” for your thought process that will help you change your mind channel from negative to positive!

Tip l.  Gather up 10 to 15 small stones and two small baskets. Each stone will represent a chapter in your new book.  As you complete a chapter, take out one stone and transfer it over to the empty basket. You can give the baskets a name if you want (I labeled my beginning full basket: Can I do this? And my empty basket: I did it!). — This simple mind channel-changing method demonstrates a physical bench mark of positive progress in your writing journey. And nothing feels better than a full box of rocks!

Tip 2. Don’t give yourself the easy way out with excuses of why you don’t have time to write. Instead, give yourself credit for every moment you spend writing be it one word or one page. You won’t succeed if you’re against yourself before you even start.

Tip 3.  Read! Pick 5 books written by writers you admire. Mix up the style of the books to include different genres from what you are currently writing. Add in romance, a mystery, a kid’s book, Hemingway. This exercise expands your creative thought process. Before you could write, you had to learn to read. Read and Write are partners that belong together!

Tip 4. Remember each day WHY you wanted to write a book in the first place.

 

 

 

Eight tips to consider before you start to write your memoir …

Eight tips to consider before you start to write your memoir …

Tip 1: You don’t have to start at the beginning of your life. Find a strong or emotional memory that sticks out in your memory bank. You want to quickly hook a reader on the story and what it will be like to turn the pages of your life. A good beginning is the foundation that will keep the reader turning the pages. Don’t insist on telling your story within a strict chronology. You can lose the bigger picture of your story before it ever begins.

Tip 2: Readers are not always patient. Establish your own voice. Memoirs are based on real life journeys. Make a reader want to join you on this journey!

Tip 3: Remember that memoirs are personal and intimate. Write with a conversational attitude.

Tip 4: Don’t be afraid to include your own emotions within the memories you are describing.

Tip 5: Put energy into your words, descriptions and characters introduced. Description is no different from that of novel writing. A reader has to be able to have a visual to connect with the people in your life. Write the description tightly; a few words will do.

Tip 6: You must be a good storyteller.  No matter what the genre, energy must come alive on the pages!

Tip 7: If it’s not all true … consider writing it as a fiction based on a true story!

Tip 8:  Remember the story you tell, and the people in your story, have a right to their reputation as presented in your story.  Get a release from anyone within your story who may consider what you said about them to be unflattering or even worse, not true. Lawsuits are not fun and the burden of proof usually falls on the shoulders of the author.

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