It’s finally here! Step 12. You’ve been patiently waiting for weeks. You thought I’d never get to the end, but now it’s finally here.
The last and final step to be followed by the BONUS 3 Step Short Cut. YAY!
So what is it? What is the final step?
Step 12 – Know Your Enemy
Who is your enemy?
You are. Well, technically your Inner demon. Your Inner Demon is the voice of negativity that fights you in your achievements. It tells you why not. It makes you thin that the pitfalls and dangers that lay in your way are insurmountable and that you shouldn’t even try.
It is an invisible but destructive force that opposed you every single time that you try to make an improvement in your life, your work habits, basically in any area of your life.
The Inner Demon uses 3 main weapons.
- FEAR – Fear of the unknown, fear of change, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of social interaction, fear of whatever your personal demon knows will trip your trigger. Your countermeasure to combat fear is to START. Do something. make small steps, incremental changes. Just DO IT!
- UNCERTAINTY – Unsure of what to do, where to start, where to go next. . . . this can leave you immobilized. That is the goal. Keep you from stepping out of your safe little box. Keep you inactive in working towards your goals. Days, weeks, months can pass without accomplishing the smallest steps in the direction of your goals if you give in to uncertainty. Your countermeasure to this is FOCUS. Focus on the current step. Focus on the overall arching idea. Focus on completing the task. This is where we put blinders on and keep our head down quietly plodding through the mundane while our inner demon laughs at us. You have to develop thick skin. You have to learn to ignore that particular voice inside your head.
- Inner demon’s third and most often used weapon is DOUBT. Doubting ourselves, doubting our abilities, doubting our ideas . . . you get the idea. Your best weapon to combat this is to FINISH. Finish the project. Finish the book! Finish whatever it is that you want to accomplish.
Recognize the voice of your inner demon. Know that you have what it takes to achieve your dreams. Now get out there and DO IT!
OK, OK I promised the BONUS 3 Step Short Cut.
Honestly, did you really think there was going to be a short cut? Writing is work. It’s not going to get done my chasing after shortcuts! I condensed it down to 12 steps, that’s about as short as it gets. The bottom line is that you have to employ the ABC method in the meme. Apply Butt to the Chair! It’s the only way to make the words happen.
Now get out there, put your best game face on, wipe away the tears, and get back in the game!
‘Til next time
Over the past several weeks, I’ve been going over a simple plan to expedite the writing process. You can find the previous posts here:
As with the previous step, the following will be different depending on the path you choose.
Step 5- Create
Create a formal book proposal. This will give you clarity about:
- your target market
- your content
- your value
- your promotion
Who is your target market? My target audience is going to be different from Mandee Shanklin’s. My audience is also going to be different from Abyrne Mostyn’s. I once saw this idea to make a wanted poster of your target audience.
Realize that there are always exceptions to the rule but the bulk of your readers will come in that bell-shaped curve targeted audience.
What is your content? What is it you want to say? Does your story have an underlying lesson? Is it purely for entertainment? Is it a work of fiction or nonfiction? What genre? subgenre?
Your value – this is your credentials. What gives you the right to write it? Are you an expert in your field? Do you have life experience in this field?
Knowing the above answers will then lead you to make effective promotions. Why target readers of westerns when your audience are composed of fantasy readers?
Your book proposal will be your blueprint to success. By writing your book proposal, even if you are self-publishing, it lends validity to your efforts.
If you have chosen the path of author and not the writer, then you better know the above to convey to your ghost writer. They will need to know all of these answers in finite detail. Your ghost writer will need a detailed proposal along with an outline, a synopsis and character sketches.
The more information that you provide then the better quality you will get for your money.
What’s next? Tune in next week to find out.
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