Every writing session starts here - Show Notes

Introduction

Sitting down to write is a lot like preparing for a trip. Even the most spontaneous of trips takes a bit of planning, assessing, knowing where you are right now, and what resources you have at your disposal.

Facing that blank page is the same as that moment we decide to go on a trip. So many possibilities. So much could go wrong. It’s why so many of us procrastinate, putting off opening up the notebook or document on the computer, even when we have stories badgering us to write them down. 

If you’re anything like me, when I sit down to write, that is when my confidence and belief in myself and my writing, is at it’s lowest. 

Whether you’re sitting down to write for the first time ever, or for the first time today, this is when our confidence and belief in ourselves and our writing is most vulnerable. The first step is to assess where you are. When we know where we are with our writing, what we know, what tools and resources we have, the words will flow and the confidence will grow.

Going on a trip, we have to know where we are, what tools and resources we have. I don’t book a flight from Los Angeles to New York if I’m in Vancouver. I also don’t book a first-class seat if I can’t afford it. I don’t plan to pack a fancy RV if all I have is a tent.

The same thing with writing.

What tools you already have, or what you know

It’s important to recognize that you’re not starting from nothing. That’s where most people get stuck, they think they don’t know anything. They didn’t take creative writing in school or University. That’s simply not true. Tools you already have include things like:

– Courses

– Books

– Critiques received

– Workshops attended

– Conferences attended

What resources are available to you

– Our inner saboteur loves to tell us things need to be perfect the first time. If we don’t know something, we’re dumb, and that’s it. It is easier to believe it than to do something about it. But by you being here, you want something different.

– You know that even if you don’t know it right now, you know where to get the information, the tools you need.

– You know that you have access to a local writer’s group or organization

– Books available at the library or bookstore

– University of Google or Booktube

What you’ve done

This one is my favorite. As much as I believe in living in the moment when writing, immersing myself in the story, it is so easy to get bogged down by the work of it, knowing how much still needs to be fixed. And then we go on social media, seeing everyone else’s success. We become disillusioned, we feel bad because we’re not writing enough, ever. So why bother?

The thing is, we’re mistaking writing, for publishing. Publishing is the end goal, but not everything we’ve written will, or should be, published. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t count. In fact, it very much counts.

– The short stories you’ve written

– The novels you’ve written

– The half-finished drafts and outlines

– The first story you ever wrote

– Use this list to remind yourself of how far you’ve come

Example of using this when just starting out

This is a good time to get a broad overview of what you know already, and the resources you may need. To know that you’re not starting from scratch.

Example of starting a new novel

This is ood time to get a view of what you’ve done, how you’ve already grown as a writer, what you know about yourself and your habits from previous novels, so you don’t fall into the same pitfalls and keep what worked.

Things like where you procrastination, if you need a favorite drink or snack to write, if you prefer it quiet or listening to musi.

Example of starting a new writing session

Review what you have written. Do you need to prepare a bit of an outline for the next scene or chapter, do you need to do some draft plotting work, or get to know what is continuing to motivate your characters

Once again, if you want to dive deeper into knowing yourself, where you are as a writer, and building a successful writing life, drop “I WANT IT” into the comments and I will send you a great free resource I have that walks you through assessing where you are, and more!

To Recap

Whether you’re sitting down to write for the first time ever, or for the first time today, this is when our confidence and belief in ourselves and our writing is most vulnerable. The first step is to assess where you are. When we know where we are with our writing, what we know, what tools and resources we have, the words will flow and the confidence will grow.

Make a list of the tools you already have

Make a list of the resources you have available to you

And make a list of what you’ve already done as a writer.

Be proud of all you have already accomplished, all you know, and your willingness to continue to learn and grow as a writer.

Thank you so much for joining me. I’m Sherry, Your Novel Writing Coach. Until next time, Happy Writing

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