Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Writing for the Faint of Heart: Working Toward a Goal

Writers write. No, really! I mean how often have you had people mention their desire to write a book? I can’t even count the times! But I have written a book, many books, and I can tell you that it took work. And discipline. 

If you want to write a book, you might as well set your mind to the task by organizing your time and schedule to fit in writing time. You can call it Mommy time, or Quiet Time, or whatever you want, but you need to make it happen, and the only person capable of making it happen is. . .you!

So for those of you who want to make this happen, a few tips:

  1. Carve out 10-30 minutes of time in your day. Use this time to journal or blog or anything that gets you used to the idea of writing on a daily basis--during the work week; weekends are yours!
  2. During your time, think about the type of book you’d like to write. What genre most interests you? Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Romance, Historical Romance. . .it’s your choice. One rule of thumb to guide you in your decision--people most often enjoy writing what they enjoy reading.
  3. Over the course of two or three months, outline the various characters in your story, what they look like (pics work great!), their likes and dislikes and how those personal preferences can create tension in the story.

Within about four months you’ll have a solid foundation upon which to begin writing a story. But there are a few things you need to be aware of first. They’re these little things called Writing Rules and though they might seem a pretty big obstacle, they really aren’t once you have memorized them and practiced them.

Next week: Writing for the Faint of Heart: Writing with a Ruler

S. Dionne Moore is a multipublished author. Her tenth book, A Heartbeat Away, a historical romance set in Sharpsburg, Maryland during the battle of Antietam, releases from Abingdon Press May 2013. Cozy mysteries include, Murder on the Ol' Bunions, Polly Dent Loses Grip and Your Goose is Cooked.


  1. Great advice, Sandra. You've probably encouraged budding authors to begin, reading this post. Nice job!

    ~Nancy Jill Thames
    Author of the Jillian Bradley Mysteries
    "Queen of Afternoon Tea"

  2. That's right Sandy. Sit tush in seat and write! Stephen King says to be a writer - write, write, write!

    Deborah Malone
    "Death in Dahlonega"

  3. Thanks Sandra--you offered some really sound advice:)

  4. I owe my present happy occupation as a writer to one teacher who made it clear that writing is made up of rules that can be learned.

    Thank you for spreading the good message!

    I can't wait to read the rules (or at least the ones you are willing to share.)