More Info on Preparing for Phase 2 (Self Written Contracts)

So you’re moving into Phase 2.

And it’s quite overwhelming to think about.

The second draft of this process can be a daunting one. We’re past the research that went into the book before its creation, and we’ve puzzled together the skeleton of what you want to say in the first draft. That means we’re into the meatiest phase of all—and it’s a t-bone steak.

A lot of my advice comes out of, basically, creating a writing practice that works for you. Here are a few ways to do that:


Preparation for Phase 2


  1. Write once a day. Doesn’t have to be perfect—and you don’t even need to re-read it—but get used to putting your fingers to the keyboard.
  2. Find a spot. Where do you write best? Is it at the low bustle of a coffee shop, or is that too distracting? Do you need a quiet space at home? To lay in bed after a nap? At your kitchen table? You may be immune to distractions, or you may be heavily influenced by unexpected distractions. Figure out your most efficient, productive space.
  3. Turn off the internet. Get used to this ahead of time. We have a reflexive muscle that takes us back to email, Facebook, or Instagram when we hit something difficult in our writing. (Trust me, there will be sections you avoid writing for many reasons).
  4. Track your word count. After you “settle into” writing a little bit more, create a sort of spreadsheet (check out my example here—and feel free to copy to your own Google Drive.) to track your word count. Seeing those numbers and being accountable to it can be very motivating.
  5. Plan your days off strategically. Do you go hard for five days, then crash for two weeks? Do you need to work exclusively on Saturday and Sunday and take the weekday off? Play around with your schedule to maximize your effect.
  6. Don’t wait for your muse. That doesn’t exist. You don’t wait for inspiration to hit you in the head—you chase that sucker with a mallet. If you’re struggling with what to do, just start writing. This leads to the next point.
  7. Give yourself permission to write ugly. Don’t expect it to be perfect or fulfilled at the very beginning. The book develops as we go—that’s the natural course. Expecting perfection
  8. There is no writers block. If you’re “stuck”, it means you’re at a decision point. You’re procrastinating writing because there is a decision, or a series of decisions, you need to make before you move forward. Backpedal, figure out your decision points, and/or let me know that you’re stuck. We’ll talk it out together.


Want more information?


Check out these awesome links.


Why It’s Crucial to Write Ugly from Writers Unboxed.

WordKeeperAlpha Word counter.

Waiting for the writing muse? Fogeddaboutit from the Writing Cooperative.

22 Places to Write When You’re Tired of Working from Home from the Write Life.


Have any questions? You know where to find me. 

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