10 Lessons to Help You Start Your Writing Life Right Now


One of the hardest things you’ll ever do as a writer is get started. It takes discipline and hard work, motivation and perseverance. But it can be done. With the right attitude and knowledge, you can accomplish your writing dreams!

That’s why I created the Writer Starting Guide series. I want to help you get started towards that dream, whatever it may be. Over the next ten weeks, I’ll reveal everything I wish I knew when I first started out as a writer.

In the Writer Starting Guide Series, you’ll learn:

  • How to balance your life and your writing
  • How to find more time to write
  • How to overcome fear and doubt
  • How to become a better writer

This guide will get you up and writing in no time!

Lesson 1: Start Writing Today

What separates the writers from the want-to-be writers? Well, writers write; want-to-be writers don’t write. It’s as simple as that. In this lesson, learn what it takes to commit to a life of writing. Read more

Lesson 2: Five Things that Make a Writer, and Five Things that Break a Writer 

What separates the “good” writers from the “bad” writers? In this lesson, learn what to do, and what not to do, as a writer. Your future self will thank you! Read more

Lesson 3: What to Focus on as a New Writer 

What the heck do writers actually do? In this lesson, learn all the things you should focus on as a budding and seasoned writer. Read more

Lesson 4: How to Get Over “The Gap” 

You’re going to suck for a while. There’s no getting around it. In this lesson, learn how to stick with writing, even when you don’t think you’re very good at it. Read more

Lesson 5: Become a Successful Writer

Is getting published the only way a writer can be taken seriously? Definitely not! In this lesson, learn about all the ways you can define success as a writer. Read more

Lesson 6: Keep Your Muse Happy

Where do your ideas come from? How do you keep them flowing? In this lesson, learn how to keep your muse happy so you’ll never run out of ideas! Read more

Lesson 7: Challenge: Find More Time to Write 

One of the biggest problems writers face when they first start out is finding the time to write. In this lesson, learn how to make more time to write, and how to make the most of the time you have. Read more

Lesson 8: Learn to Read Like a Writer

The most important thing writers must do (other than write) is read. In this lesson, learn what it means to “read like a writer”. Read more

Lesson 9: Learn to Live with Writing Fears and Doubts 

All writers have fears and doubts about their writing. In this lesson, learn some strategies for dealing with fear and doubt so you can get words on the page. Read more

Lesson 10: Your Write-Life Balance (coming soon!)

Balancing life and writing can be extremely difficult. In this lesson, learn some tricks for protecting your writing life, while also remembering to enjoy other parts of your life.

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