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The first step of the Executing phase is to take your notes and tool and sit down to start writing. A few tips/reminders:

  • Keep to your schedule
  • Keep to your writing goal(s)
  • Read your books for tips on how to handle different part of your writing
  • Don’t edit while writing until the first draft is complete.
  • Write. Write. Write.

I want to beat on this issue of not editing while writing.

I’ve met literally hundreds of authors (in person or online) that have a book “in progress”, because they are constantly editing and rewriting. Many don’t even have the first draft complete because they keep going back to mess with a chapter here or there.

If I learned anything from NaNoWriMo — which is one reason it is a fantastic monthly exercise — is that you need to get your book written! Even if afterwards the first draft makes you want to throw up and burn the pages, that is totally fine. But write it.

Editing will come later in this Executing phase of our writing project. Until then, the goal is to write, write, write!

Exercise: Start your book, short-story or other writing project today. Hit your writing goal!

Next Post: Managing Tools & Notes

Set the timer for 10-minutes and try this writing prompt.

Writing prompt #0016


Take the word “scourge” and write what images that brings to mind. What event or person in your life would fit this word?