Guest post: Maribeth Graham talks about THE WRITER’S 7 DAY DIET PLAN

THE WRITER’S 7 DAY DIET PLAN (Healthy Tips to Get Yourself Motivated)

A writer, much like a dieter must acquire healthy habits if they wish to achieve their goals. A writer will not become successful without determination, dedication, willpower, daily exercise (writing related of course) and support. Immediate results should not be expected.

Below is a 7 day diet plan to help get your pen writing and your mind thinking. If you experience a set back, brush yourself off and start over. What you write today may be what gets you noticed tomorrow. [Agent Bree says: Brilliant!]

Day 1- Spend thirty minutes writing uninterrupted.

Day 2- Get Outside! Take a walk. Observe your surroundings. Take in the scenery. Pay attention to details. You might stumble upon a great setting, an interesting character, or a situation that inspires a story.

Day 3- Keep a journal. Document your observations. Write about anything and everything. A journal is a great way to outline your thoughts and jot down facts. Keep track of your writing habits. Do you prefer to write as soon as you get up or right before you go to sleep?

Day 4- Find a support group. There are millions of other writers out there that are willing to help you achieve your goals. Critique groups are invaluable. What you fail to see in your own writing a fellow writer may be able to pick out immediately. A writer cannot become successful without the help of other writers. [Agent Bree says: This is crucial for such a solitary career.]

Day 5- Exercise! Writing exercises provide great inspiration and motivation. Visit http://underneaththejunipertree.blogspot.com/ for great writing challenges. Writing exercises help jog your mind and can awaken sleeping stories.

Day 6- Cut out fillers. Set aside time to edit your writing. Eliminate all unnecessary words. Discover your stories inner beauty by trimming all superfluous material. Remember many times less is more.

Day 7- Drink up knowledge. Research what you are writing about. [Agent Bree says: YES!If you are writing fiction that does not mean everything can be made up. If you want your readers to take you seriously you cannot talk about a flower blooming in May that only blooms in June.

Following this diet for one week will put you on the “write path”. Incorporating these tips into your daily routine will allow you to form healthy writing habits. Over time, you will find yourself doing a few of these suggestions more than once a day. Attempting to do them all in one day can prove to be overwhelming and interfere with your maximum production. Do you have tips you would like to share? What works for you? Good luck in all your writing endeavors and don’t forget to spend snack time reading.

-Maribeth Graham

Follow her on twitter: @YolaRamunno

*If you would like to guest post, email me at bree@martinliterarymanagement.com

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