If you experience writer’s block, or want to re-focus your time and attention on your writing, then you probably already know that you need to write quality words consistently.
No need to be a broken record and convince you of something that’s already been drilled deep into your writerly brain.
After all, you probably already KNOW that submitting your work is the only way publishers and readers can celebrate your creative genius, and that the only way for you to submit your work, is to write the story, from beginning to end.
You’ve probably also heard that the publishing industry is in constant flux and that authors have more ways to reach their readers (and make money) than ever before.
HERE'S WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW
Even if you’re lucky enough to have a book contract, an eager readership, and the ability to write full time…mastering your writing habits can:
· Eliminate the stress of deadlines
We like to think we work better with a deadline looming but nobody really likes the terror of thinking they might not make it, especially if money is involved. Once you’ve mastered your writing habits, you will know exactly how long it will take you to write a novel and how soon you can submit it, and you will be confident in what you write, and how it will be received.
· Increase your productivity in a shorter amount of time
When we are consistent with our writing, the story stays at the forefront of our thoughts, we take less time to think about what happens next, and the story becomes a part of us. The words flow easier each day until we hit a sweet-spot of word production that we can reach daily.
· Take the guesswork out of when to write
You know exactly when you’re going to write every day because you have planned it, rather than thinking you might squeeze in a few minutes here and there, or decide late in the day that maybe you have some time to write.
· Replace burnout and distractions with energy and focus
Knowing exactly when you are going to write removes the “I don’t want to/feel like it” thinking. The stress of the day job and the distractions of family and responsibilities no longer infringe on your writing time. Your focus becomes your writing and you are energized by having taken the time for yourself and your creative out-put.
Even though the motivation to master your writing habits is clear, the path to actually doing it is anything but!
Sit down and write every day? I can do that!
But how, when I have so much to do? What if I'm not good enough?
Remember when you KNEW you had a book or ten in you that NEEDED to be written? They were amazing, brilliant, and you couldn’t wait to spend every moment writing.
You wrote one novel and maybe even a second. You spent years on them, getting the story just right, getting feedback to make them even better.
In your eagerness, your excitement, you attended writing conferences, you took writing classes and workshops, and pitched to editors and agents. You were on your way to bestsellerdom, until that first rejection came back, and then the second. It was OK though, because you were going to keep writing, keep trying.
Even with the greatest stories inside them waiting to be written, most would-be writers end up abandoning their dreams, allowing life events to swoop in and push the writing to an infrequent hobby, watching others succeed while they remain sidelined.
Here’s why most writers abandon their projects
Without a clear plan on how to make their writing habits a part of their daily routine, most writers get distracted, pulled away, overwhelmed by everything else that needs to be done at home and at work.
They fall victim to paralyzing self-doubt that their writing will ever be good enough, that they don’t have what it takes. They must not be a real writer.
Here’s why this is irreversibly crippling
As an already busy person with family to look after and a demanding day job, there isn’t enough time for sleep, let alone writing a novel.
And the moment you stop writing for a day, a week, a month, it is almost impossible to get back to it the way you used to.
Therefore, mastering your writing habits, making writing a part of your daily routine, is one of the few things you NEED to do, to ensure publishing success.
Luckily for you, there are VERY FEW people out there doing it right.
In all likelihood, most writers you took classes with or met at conferences, have either given up all together, or are exhausted from trying to do everything without a plan.
Even if you’re late to the party, there is still a golden opportunity for you to go all in, get that book done and submitted to publishers.
That is…if you can avoid the traps of frustration, distraction, and doubt you’ve fallen into before.
The 4 Reasons Why Most Writers Fail
Reason 1: The Publishing Industry is Constantly Changing and keeping up is overwhelming and exhausting.
Publishing houses are being bought up by corporations and merging and dissolving all the time. In such a subjective business, you want to make sure the people who will love what you write, will get a chance to read it.
It is hard to keep track of who is open for submissions, what they’re looking for, and what they’ll actually represent.
Not to mention the constant flux in Social Media algorithms and online book sales algorithms that need to be figured out to get your books in front of the right people.
Staying on top of all the changes, learning what the new algorithms are and how to use them, figuring out new and better ways to market, are all possible. But it is time consuming, distracting, and be a deterrent to finish writing the novel. While figuring all of that out is important and necessary, it should not be a part of the writing process.
When you set aside the business aspect of writing, you are free to focus on the story you want to tell. And when you focus on the story you want to tell, the business path becomes clearer.
Reason 2: Underestimating how long it takes to write a good novel, or worse, not believing in themselves enough to believe it is worth putting in the time and effort
Sitting down to write a first draft is often the easiest part of writing, but that is just the beginning. There are so many more elements and time commitments to writing that lead to failure points along the way.
Getting feedback, editing, revising, rewriting, getting more feedback, editing some more.
And this is before you look into querying agents, editors, or self-publishing and marketing options.
Most writers approach the first draft with ease, and the editing with dread, as something to loathe, if they do it at all, and then are not confident enough to submit their work. But the thing is, you can’t treat writing a novel as something that should be easy all the time. It is an immensely personal and complex creation that when done right, can move your readers to tears, can help your readers through difficult times, and can stand out on the bookstore bookshelves.
It is time to respect the time it takes to write a novel for what it is: an exercise in creation, and you have the talent and skill to make it happen.
Reason 3: There are no guarantees. Without the promise of financial or social gain it is difficult to justify writing at all.
Going out to social gatherings, the most common question is some variation of “what’s keeping you busy?” or “what do you do?” implying for money. When we tell people we are writers, they usually ask us if we have anything published, or when our book is coming out. They also like to think we are all instantly raking in the money and writing full time.
If we aren’t published yet, making money from our writing, or we’re just starting on a novel that isn’t represented or might take a year or two before it is ready to be published, we are made to feel like failures, like we are wasting our time
Family and work demands get piled onto our shoulders and soon enough we find ways to get the social approval and financial gain from everything else. The story that needs to be written is dismissed as unimportant, a silly hobby.
No, there are no guarantees of financial success or social approval. Consider the personal growth you experience when you pour yourself into your story, when you learn about the craft, and express yourself. Consider how much more you care for your family, how effective you are at work, how much kinder you are to others, because you’ve carved out time to be all those things for yourself.
The one thing I can guarantee is that until you actually finish your novel and submit it or publish it yourself, you will not receive any financial, social, or personal gain.
Reason 4: The day job takes up all the mental, emotional, and physical energy. The only way to truly write is to write full-time.
In the beginning, every writer believes that if they can just get that first novel published, they’ll finally be able to quit the day job they hate and dedicate all their time to writing.
Then the financial realities and responsibilities set in but they have still bought into the myth that writing full time is really and truly the only way to be at their creative best.
The vast majority of writers, even the successful ones, don’t earn enough to quit the day job without some other source of financial income from either a spouse/partner, or side-gigs.
Even on those days when you have a few hours or a full day to write, sitting down to focus is difficult. The thoughts of “there is plenty of time” or “I’ll get to it” are prevalent. The daily chores suddenly become super important. But if the writing time is limited, our attention and creativity can be focused. When our creativity is focused, we can write more, in that shortened timeframe, than if we’d procrastinated a whole day.
Accept that the day job is a necessity to survival. It is time to use it as a means to focus your creativity.
Shh...I'm going to let you in on a little secret
Even though there is a huge market for every kind of story imaginable, it is unpredictable.
A few writers will find SUCCESS while most others fizzle out.
The main reason for this, as you’ve likely seen by now, is that while the barriers to getting started are relatively LOW…
…the barriers toward EFFECTIVE PERSITENCE, are fairly high.
But as long as you can avoid the biggest trappings that sink most would-be-writers, the path is paved for you in mastering your writing habits.
One that frees you form the mental and emotional drain of the day job, enrich your life, and make an impact on those who read your work, while making the business path clear.
The key ingredient to all of this: being a daring writer.
With your permission, I’d love to show you how.
I’ve taken everything I’ve learned from years struggling to sit down to write consistently while dealing with the pressures of the day job and rejection from editors and agents, and from my coaching practice working with writers around the world, and channeled it into a comprehensive four-step program that not only teaches you the practical means of making writing a part of your routine, but also what is behind the distractions and trappings and how to deal with them, so that they don’t derail your writing again.
The Daring Writer Academy isn’t so much a writing course as it is a coaching you through the process program.
Yes, you will learn the strategies and theories behind a successful writing practice, regardless of your circumstances but, more importantly, you will have a supportive, step-by-step guide, that takes nothing for granted, as you embrace the writing process.
THE DARING WRITER ACADEMY is the ONLY program of its kind that…
Is built with focused, immediate implementation in mind.
No fillers, no unnecessary modules, and extraneous exercises that look like you’re working on your writing on the surface but do nothing but add to the distraction and overwhelm and further sabotage your writing.
Coaches you through to the other side of self-sabotage.
Knowing what is behind the self-sabotage, knowing how to get through it, and stop it, gives you the confidence in yourself and your writing, to persist when others walk away.
Focuses on the writing process.
Since the Daring Writer Academy is a practical coaching program, you WILL be sitting down to write. I take nothing for granted and walk with you through getting clarity on what you want from your writing, dealing with self-sabotage and other road-blocks, I work with you to use make these methods your own so that you can write with confidence and courage, now and in the future.
So if you’re ready to finally be the DARING WRITER you were meant to be, while avoiding overwhelm, self-doubt, and adding hours you don't have to your day...
Here's how we'll help you get there:
Module 1: Getting Started
We’re going to start by setting your writing foundation, looking at what is in our control, what your writing, tracking, and time usage habits are. This foundation is like a “Before” picture. We need to know where we are at, what we are doing right, and where there is room for improvement, so we are growing in the right direction. The tools and resources in this module will either affirm or help establish habits that will help you focus on your writing, even when life wants to pull you away.
· Tracking tools and resources, taking you step-by-step through monitoring your current writing habits
· Support and Accountability to give you the support you need to make it as a writer
· Practical steps to ease the mental and emotional transition from the stresses of the day into your creative zone.
Module 2: Minding the Gap or Getting from Here to There
We will continue to work on your foundation with an evaluation of where you are right now, at this moment, in your writing career, and getting clarity on where you want to be and the steps you need to get there.
· Get honest about where you are with your writing, and where you truly want to be.
· Know what your publishing options are so that you can choose the path that fits you and your writing best, and reach your raving fans.
· Set real goals that are limitless, yet within our control, through breaking them down into achievable and exceedable steps.
Module 3: The Inner Saboteur
Now that the foundation has been established and the goals set, we’ll dive deep into the workings of the inner saboteur. We will develop tools for our tool box to identify the saboteur and eliminate it and our fears that have derailed us for long enough.
· Identify the inner saboteur, what it is, what it isn’t, and where it comes from.
· Identify the tricks the saboteur uses to stop us from pursuing our dreams, including fear, sweet nothings, and excuses.
· Develop the tools to silence the Saboteur
Module 4: Putting it all Together
Once we’ve silenced our Inner Saboteur, we will re-build our love of writing and put everything we have learned into a plan, so that you will succeed at putting the words on the page, polishing them up, and sending them out, every time.
· Understanding our new, mature relationship with writing
· Challenging ourselves to continually grow as writers
· Setting our writing life in motion
Exclusive Bonus #1
Private Members-Only Facebook Group
This is a serious group of ambitious writers committed to building a lasting writing career as effectively as possible.
This is a highly focused, tightly-knit group of writers where you will find support for every road-block you come across in your writing process.
Leverage the power of the group to:
· Tap into the collective knowledge, experience, and insight of a writing community
· Quickly troubleshoot any little (or big) road-block in a matter of minutes so that you are never stuck longer than you have to be
· Brainstorm story ideas, character development, plot issues, to keep you moving forward
· Form valuable friendships and accountability partnerships that provide you the support you need to be the Daring Writer you were meant to be.
Exclusive Bonus #2
Sherry will be active Inside the Private Members-Only Facebook Group, answering your questions, walking this journey with you!
Sherry will answer your questions, keep you on track, and accountable!
14-Day Money-Back Guarantee
The Daring Writer Academy is the first program of its kind that focuses solely on the writing process, for writers who are excited about and COMMITTED to getting the words on the page, polishing them up, and sending them out – with NO MORE EXCUSES!
Ou community is highly curated and filled with helpful, motivated, and super-supportive members who are actively pursuing their writing goals. When you join, you will be part of this special group.
By the end of these 14 days, you will have received access to the first two modules.
Meaning you will have had the opportunity to establish your foundation, identify the areas that need adjusting, set achievable writing goals, and mapped out your writing path BEFORE making a final commitment.
If you don’t feel totally confident and motivated by your plan to be the Daring Writer you were meant to be, simply reach out, show us you’ve put in the work, and we’ll refund your investment.
THE DARING WRITER ACADEMY is PERFECT for you if…
1. You’re getting started as a writer and want to make sure nothing gets in your way from the start, by using the most powerful writing-process-focused coaching strategies
2. You’ve come to a crossroads and have decided to truly give this writing thing everything you’ve got.
3. You’ve been telling yourself and your friends that you’re a writer, but you haven’t written anything consistently in months or years and you’re beginning to doubt you should bother with it any more
4. Writing is truly your passion but a stressful day job and other commitments prevent you from sitting down to write regularly
5. You’ve published a novel or two, or five, and you question whether you have a true break-out novel within you
6. You’re writing and publishing regularly, and you want to make sure your momentum and productivity continues, and increases
7. You know you need to sit down to write. The problem is that your responsibilities leave you with overwhelm, crippling self-doubt, and add hours you don’t have to your day
8. You’re excited to set aside the business aspect of writing and focus solely on your writing process, immersed in your story, your world, your characters. Even if you’ve been sidetracked before, you’re feeling a wave of renewed optimism that you will soon be plugging into a program that walks with you, holds you accountable, and keeps you focused. You feel confident grabbing your access details knowing you have 14 days to put it to the test. It’s simple. Either you do the work and develop a more achievable writing plan than you have ever before, or you shoot me and my team a quick message asking us to hit “undo” on this whole “I want to be a Daring Writer” experiment
If you said “yes” to at least 5 of the above, I can’t wait to meet you inside THE DARING WRITER ACADEMY