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Powerhouse Writer , Issue #008 -- Organize Your Writing Space
May 10, 2007

Woody Allen said, "Eighty percent of success is showing up." The most common excuse I get from my writing clients is that they don't have the time to write consequently they do not succeed with their writing dreams. If Allen is right then you must find the time to write or get someone else to do it for you. Even then you still need to be available to give your ideas to your ghostwriter.

You haven't even written one word yet and you are stressed out because you know that soon you will need to sit down and start writing. Let's make it as easy and enjoyable as possible by creating a terrific writing area that is separate and private from the rest of your living quarters.

You are almost ready to plan your book outline or table of contents. You will need this information to get you on the right path and make your writing as easy as possible. It can be done, but first you need a comfortable, quiet work area to create your great book.

Let's get prepared for writing. Every great writer needs writing tools. Here is a list that can be helpful to your writing success.

Work Area

    Find a private, quiet area to write. Your own private room is ideal, but if that's not feasible put your desk and writing tools in a corner of the room and get a folding screen to block off the area.


    Computer, typewriter, or your favorite writing tablet and pen

    Research books

    URL Web addresses of your favorite Research sites

    Library card if you use this great resource

    Your research notes

    A Weekly Planner to keep track of your time writing your great book

    A clock to keep a record your writing time in your Weekly Planner

    Books on writing that are important to you

    Music media: A CD or MP3 player to enjoy your favorite background music.

    Plus your other favorite writing tools to keep you writing

Avoid Distractions

When you begin writing here are some distractions to avoid to keep you on the path to successful writing:

It is ideal if there is no television or telephone in your office. Nor anything else that might distract you and slow down your writing productivity. Avoid reading your email messages-save for later and read them AFTER you have finished writing for the day. If you do have a telephone in your writing area, turn the ring off to avoid answering it when you are writing, as it will break your train of thought.

Got children and family distractions? Let them know in advance that you need one hour (more or less) to plan your book. Tell them you'll take them out afterwards to celebrate your first day of writing down your ideas for your book planner.

Have your favorite beverage ready, settle down into your terrific writing space, and in the next message you will start planning your great book.

Passionate biz writing,
Joan Clout-Kruse
America's Book Coach

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