What Kind of Writer are You, and What can you do about it? Part Two
September 14, 2013
This is the second part of a two part post that asks the question, what kind of writer are you and what can you do about it. The following offer suggestions on how two completely different types of thinkers can excel during the writing process. If you haven’t read part one,check it out here.
Strategies To Increase Success For Linear Thinkers
Creativity could be a huge asset to this type of author. A series of focused questions would allow the author to dig a bit deeper than when the book was initially conceived. More insight is always a good thing. This type of person is usually action orientated and may just go deep enough to get the project in motion.
They could benefit from working with a writing coach that is a bit more flexible and can smooth out the rough edges. Not to mention making the entire process more fun.
Professional help – a writing coach or a consultant that isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo and take the writer off the plan by looking deeper into the project.
An organized writing group where ideas are tossed around and lots of concepts are explored by the group verbally could expand the writer’s thinking and make for a more interesting book.
Asking a series of questions that get really deep might be valuable. A method I like to use is to repeatedly ask “Why” to the same question. As one goes deeper into the questioning process, more ideas surface. I like to ask a minimum of five whys to each question. An example of this would be “Why are you writing this book?” This would be followed by five consecutive “why” questions. The more whys you ask the better the answers.
Strategies To Increase Success For Creative Thinkers
Structure is the name of the game here. Frequently I meet people who want to write a book, or two, or four, or even more, that have no strategy to actually get the job done. They spend time thinking, speaking, imaging the book, but very little time actually writing. While their ideas are usually awesome, the task of getting the writing necessary to get a book done is low on the list of priorities.
There are many ways to address the challenges that this type of author faces.
Get professional help – a writing coach or a consultant that breaks the process down into “mini-scripts” for the author couldkeep theprocess fun, creative and alive. The word might sound a bit too scary to this type of thinker. Hiring someone to focus on bringing the project in, helps with a chapter ccountability. Paying a professional puts an entirely new spin on the project for the writer and the consultant. Both should be motivated to see a book at the end of the tunnel.
An organized writing group where ideas can only be shared in written form. This will motivate serious participants to get the project done.
Writing with a friend. People working together to make multiple dreams come true, might be awesome. This works really well if there is some level of healthy competition between the parties.
Consider trying some of the suggestions that I have offered above. Hopefully, these will help to get that book written and your goals accomplished.What kind of writer you are will determine what assistance you need.
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