My Creative Writing Friend,
Try to avoid writing what you know, (no insult intended, but that could make for some boring writing). Instead write what you feel about these subjects, this will make for more exciting reading. Remember – emotions rule. Emotions have the power to reach inside us and shake us!
Writing is a search for meaning, we need to reach into our subconscious to reach this meaning. Everything is within, it's just a matter of figuring out where it is at. Once you figure out what kind of filing system you use in your subconscious, everything will be at your grasp.
Remember seeing pictures of those cave drawings in France? They are amazing, going back some 30,000 years and depicting hunting scenes. No, they weren't just trying to decorate their living room walls with some art.
While we've been told, over the years, that this was their way of recording a great hunt, new thoughts on this have emerged. Such as claims that these ancestors of ours were depicting what they wanted to happen before they went out to hunt. Just as a football team may study the plays before the game.
The idea is that before you can create a success, you have to depict it. A great way to create that dream you have, whether it is a dream to create a fantastic life, an amazing career or business, or to become a famous writer, depict it! Yes, write a novel about your dreams! By putting it into words, you have greatly increased the chance for it to succeed and because this dream of yours is full of your emotion, it will make a powerful novel, or even a non-fiction book.
Have you noticed that the process of writing can often be difficult? That's because putting our words down on paper or into our computers is a mechanical process. Our creative process uses the other side of our brain, then we have to switch to the analytical side to record it, very awkward indeed.
But an idea has just occurred to me, and it may get me hauled away, but here goes...
Thinking back to those cave drawings, what if, instead of putting our book into words, we first created it in pictures? Yes, draw a series of pictures depicting our novel or even a non-fiction book! This is the easiest way to pull it out of our subconscious mind.
Then go through the pictures and put it into words. Now maybe you are like me and can't draw anything that could be recognizable? I have two suggestions:
1)It could be that your drawing skills stink because you are trying to hard. Try letting the ideas from your subconscious just flow and try drawing without thinking about it. If that doesn't work....
2)Pick up the pen and paper and start writing your story, but don't try too hard to make those letters perfect, try to stay in the creative side of your head. Draw little pictures as you are writing, add flourishes and faces to some of your letters.
Your writing, marketing friend,
P.P.S. Also checkout my four copywriting eBooks listed in the right column of this page. Even if you have no interest in copywriting, you just may find some powerful ideas in there to help with your book writing. Or maybe you might want to try your hand at working as freelance copywriter until your book hits No. 1 on the best seller list! Also my Copywriting Headlines and Copywriting Words eBooks may prove to be a great boost to the quality of your book writing. Sure, I'm trying boost sales of my copywriting books, but my main concern is to be as helpful as possible to your writing efforts!
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