There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed” (Ernest Hemingway).
Last week, I began talking about the steps and the process of writing. As a recap, last week I shared you need to set a schedule. This week, let’s focus on what to do during that time you have set aside to write. I love the quote above by Ernest Hemingway. He reminds us that writing really is about releasing a part of yourself, you “bleed” out a part of your heart. Maybe it is your experiences, maybe it is your understanding around the things you have researched, but whatever it is you write, it has to come from your heart. The next step we will cover today is:
Prepare to do something with your writing. As I stated last week, I have years of work ready, but I can’t do anything with it until I edit it, and prepare it for publishing. That publishing can be either through a book or even as an ebook to giveaway (I’ll share more in another blog on why you want to create ebooks). Too often people write and believe once they finish the book or project that means it is all done. That’s not true. It is actually the beginning of the process. When you finish, you need to begin to edit, self-edit and refine your work. Many do not realize that the first thing you wrote is not going to look the same when you come to the end of the project. Oh, the main premises and ideas should be the same, but you need to allow yourself to go through a refining process.
There are some steps you can do even before you prepare to publish:
When you do these steps, you prepare your work to accomplish what you desire. Next week, we will discuss what’s next, preparing for publishing.
Prayer: Lord help your people to step into the writing anointing you have upon their lives. Help them not to fear the process, but to learn to embrace it. Give clarity on what to write, how to write it, and the season it is written for. We need your help and we thank you in advance. Amen.
If you would like to learn How to start writing without feeling overwhelmed. Sign up for our coaching tips. When you do you'll receive a free Ebook "Writing Workshop Series."
Do you self-edit?
Please take a few moments and answer the survey below:
Hi! I'm Dr. Jewel D. Williams. I am a wife, mother of 3 beautiful girls, lead pastor of Vision & Education at Abundant Life Worship Center. I teach undergraduate and graduate courses at a Christian college. Additionally, I am an author and CEO of Tri-Production Publishing, Inc. What is important about it all is I love to serve. I was "Saved to Serve."