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Self-Discipline for Writers: Writing Is Hard, but You Too Can Write and Publish Books Regularly

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You, too, can become a successful writer - if you’re willing to develop this trait.

Do you know that it’s almost impossible to find a successful writer who has published only one book? Virtually every widely acclaimed author has an extensive catalog of books. To join the elite ranks of those who write consistently, you need to learn how to stay prolific over the long term. And for that, the number one ingredient is self-discipline.

In Self-Discipline for Writers, best-selling author Martin Meadows shares his philosophy and strategies on how to build self-discipline as a writer and how to keep writing over the long term. Here are some of the most important ideas you’ll discover:

  • Three foundations of self-discipline for writers (avoid a common mistake that almost always leads to failure)
  • Three steps to a strong work ethic as a writer (learn how to develop a strategy for consistently hitting your word counts)
  • Five types of self-doubt common among writers and how to overcome them (If you don’t believe in yourself as a writer, how are your readers supposed to believe in you?)
  • Seven tips on how to manage your energy as a writer - including not only the most fundamental advice, but also intricacies like discussing your projects with other people, capturing fleeting ideas, and reading your reviews (learn why optimizing your energy is key to consistent results)
  • Why control is essential for any writer (and how to claim it)
  • Five good business practices for more self-discipline (this includes some surprising thoughts on how to run your writing business to reduce frustration and increase productivity).

Writing doesn’t have to be burdensome. You, too, can write with more ease, and most importantly, write and publish consistently, so that you can enjoy a flourishing writing career. Let’s learn together how to accomplish this exciting goal.

©2019 Meadows Publishing (P)2019 Meadows Publishing

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really good book

It’s the first book by Martin Meadows that I bought and read because the subject interests me immensely. When later I was offered a free audiobook from the author for an honest review I didn’t hesitate to accept it. I appreciate the author’s honesty throughout the book. You will not find there any Law of Attraction incantations to the Universe as in some self-help books but a lot of practical tips from someone who obviously knows the reality of writing and presents it as it is: hard work that can be extremely satisfying and rewarding, provided you exercise daily self-discipline instead of dreaming (or “suffering”) about writing. I definitely recommend the book to anybody who wants to develop the writer’s mindset.

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  • Ian P.
  • 09-10-19

Writing Is Difficult But Rewarding!

Here are my gamechanging takeaways:

+Build your writing foundation on these 3 principles:
1. Write what you like but make sure there's an audience. Write to market. Choose between fiction and nonfiction. Nonfiction topics: Health, wealth, happiness, relationships. Market research on Amazon.
2. Read what you write and don't write. To energize. To inspire. To learn.
3. Let the rules help you but don't let them enslave you. Build on what works. Fiction: Conflict to resolution and so forth.
+Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration. Professional writers just get up and work. +Commit to a daily word quota. Pace your writing in a healthy and sustainable way.
+A strong routine is a writer's best friend. Write at the same time every day. Write early or late.
+Have prewriting cues. Stop in the middle of a sentence. Leave easy parts for hard days. Write in time blocks.
+Force yourself to write or do nothing, allow nothing else. If you're in the flow don't require yourself to take breaks. Inject humor into your writing. Compete against yourself for words written in a given amount of time. It's critical not to edit during writing. Set aside dedicated time for only editing. You might not always hit your daily word quota.
+How to deal with self-doubt. Why write when there's too much competition? Your unique voice and perspective could find a niche. Give a new take. Thrive in the midst of competition. Inject personality, quirkiness, and style. My book won't be very good. People might overlook this for a great story. I only have one chance to write a good book. Not true. Perfectionism keeps books from ever getting published.
+Dedication to the process trumps age. Avoid topics that require specialized qualifications.
+If you disapprove of my work, I shrug my shoulders. It's what I have. Thoughts of Stephen King.
+7 tips for managing your energy as a writer
1. Prioritize health. Diet, hydration, physical activity (relaxing endorphins released), sleep, habits (no smoking, etc.).
2. Know your why. Will help you overcome adversity. Know your whom, those you support by your writing.
3. Don't talk to much about your book. Saps creative energy. Leads to writing to please.
4. Work on one project at a time in most cases unless it truly helps to have more than one project.
5. Capture fleeting ideas. Capture moments of genius. Incorporate times of frequent inspiration in your routine.
6. Don't read the reviews. Recruit beta readers.
7. Be kind to yourself. Consider taking an extended break if necessary.
+Self-publishing gives autonomy and control. +You go straight to the real gatekeepers, the readers. Thoughts of Hugh Howie.
+5 good business practices:
1. Don't be entitled. Solid book cover. Solid editor. Solid marketing.
2. Expand your reach. Consider avoiding the exclusivity of Amazon. Consider publishing your book in multiple languages and multiple formats, such as audiobook, book, and eBook.
3. Have a direct communication channel with your readers, like a newsletter.
4. Reinvent yourself as necessary. Experiment with various aspects of writing, such as genre.
5. Double-down on what works best, the 20% that produces 80% of your output.
+Don't quit your job. Try to restructure your job for at least some work from home.
+Build multiple streams of income. Use analytics. Constantly evolve as a writer.

Note: I received a free copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Jamie K. Wilson
  • 18-12-19

Way too elementary

I struggled my way half thru the second chapter and gave up. If you have any experience whatsoever, this book will be too basic. In addition, the writer focuses on marketing and other topics more than on self-discipline. Trust me, there are far better books on this that will not waste your time and money.

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  • Francine Zane
  • 28-07-19

Better Titled How to Be a Writer

The author provides a lot of good advice to writers. My biggest complaint is he did not stay on the topic of how to build self-discipline. That message alone could be summed up in three sentences. The rest is filler.

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  • Matias Baldanza
  • 18-08-19

Sound advice for a solid foundation as a writer

If, like me, you've wished for a chance to take an actual working writer out for coffee and have them lay it all out in front of you, this book is the second-best alternative.

For a short listen or read, this book packs quite the punch, Martin writes in a clear, concise style that works for me. He brings a lot of practical advice for writers who want to become prolific "working writers." He doesn't beat around the bush or dissolve in long, inspirational rants. Instead, he discusses a lot of practical advice on:

- How to decide what to write.
- How to avoid common pitfalls like resistance, self-doubt, and common business mistakes.
- In which cases it would be preferable to self-publish or go the traditional route.
- How to develop a strong working ethic (A.K.A. write consistently)
- How to manage your energy as a writer

In the month since I listened to this audiobook (twice, if you must know) I've put in a few tens of thousands of words towards the first draft of a book, not in small part due to following his advice. Then, I went and got the Kindle edition at full price, for reference.

For me, it was totally worth it.

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  • Luke
  • 25-07-19

Truth bombs

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

The beginning of this book is largely for beginners and maybe people who have been winging it for a while. I’ve read a lot of books on writing, personal development, etc, so I’d heard much of the information before. But even as an introduction to the concepts, it was a good recap.

After the first two chapters, though, the author started dropping some truth bombs.

Gems:
• The self-doubt chapter was the best part!
• Yes, there are millions of books out there, but you’re not competing against every book ever written. Most people buy recently published books, so you’re competing against books published in the last months/year.
• Readers are always looking for an interesting new voice, and that voice could be yours.
• Most people don’t care if you’re not as good a writer as your idol. As long as they get what they’re looking for, they’ll be happy.
• Your lack of formal education in the field doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Just be clear with your readers about your experience level.
• Pretend you’re editing someone else’s manuscript when you revise.

And more!

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  • Alex Gunter
  • 28-02-20

Ok Book, Poor VO Casting choice

The book itself has several helpful points, but it’s written to be approachable and swift, comprehensive reading; the narrator however had a repetitious and monotonous tone which made the nearly-conversational tone of the writing feel stilted, clumsy, and amateurish. The book isn’t entertaining but at least it’s useful.

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  • Marilyn Grant
  • 10-01-20

Great content - very helpful!

Despite the reader's voice, I listened to each chapter multiple times and even took notes.

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  • Snow
  • 05-01-20

So helpful!

I’ve struggled on where to start and how to stay motivated when writing. The topics discussed helped me understand how to set better goals, how not to put myself in a box, and much more! I will definitely re-read this book!

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  • Nina Kemp
  • 24-10-19

great read

the book was full of answers to my questions. I appreciate your craft and hope to read more from you.

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  • andi f.
  • 15-09-19

On the nose great...gets to the point.Thank you🤩

Easy to listen to and understand his points. I will continue to listen to once a week for a refresher. Honest and straight forward with no fuss.