It’s a mental game writers are very aware of…
- We know we have the words inside – if we could just get them out.
- We know we could write a book – if we just had the time.
- We know our writing is as good as other similar books we’ve read – if we could just get them published.
Every writer struggles to take that step from the-best-idea-ever they had in the shower to words on a page to seeing it in print. What stops you? What trips you up in the process? One thing? Several things?
This month I’m giving away a copy of James Scott Bell’s The Mental Game of Writing: How to Overcome Obstacle, Stay Creative and Productive, and Free Your Mind for Success. Any person over 18 who signs up on any opt-in box on Creative Home Learning by midnight of May 21, 2017, will be entered in a drawing for a copy.
The Mental Game of Writing
James Scott Bell wrote The Mental Game of Writing: How to Overcome Obstacles, Stay Creative and Productive, and Free Your Mind for Success for writers who need reminders that writing and getting published is more than craft, but also an inner tightrope where writers must balance work with hope.
The GOOD NEWS is that you can learn the writing craft. And you can learn the process of getting something published. For every step that you get stuck on, you can learn the skill necessary, and learn how to move and push past it. Mr. Bell’s book reminds you of this in chapters like Discipline, Perseverance, and Speed.
The BAD NEWS is that writing well takes effort and hard work.
- The story written perfectly with no rewrites is a myth.
- The idea that an idea for a book is all you really need is a myth.
- The pipe dream that you will not need to write, rewrite, and revise based on today’s market and today’s reader is a comfortable thought, but not true.
Mr. Bell includes chapters that help you create habits of writing and define your own success and goals. It helps you keep writing in spite of envy, comparison, and burnout.
The Mental Game of Writing is not a long book, but you’ll find yourself dipping into it when you need a mental nudge or boost to keep going.
If you can say, I am a writer. I am learning my craft (which includes understanding publishing, techniques of writing, marketing, and a knowledge of your readers) then this book encourages you to stay the course while pursuing your dreams.
If you need help getting to this point, this book lays out the way to get there.
(If you’re reading this and the deadline for the giveaway has passed, you can find the book here or in the CHL Book Shop tab at the top of the page.)
Pass It On
To reiterate: Because I believe in the need for writers who work at their craft, I am giving away a FREE copy of James Scott Bell’s book. If you sign up below or in any other opt-in on my site before midnight of May 21, 2017, you will be entered in a drawing. Rules: No purchase necessary. U.S. residents only. Must be over age 18. Void where prohibited. Random winner will be notified by email.