CCP Effect

2017 has officially arrived! The year is fresh with new beginnings and promises waiting to be seize. Perhaps, one of your goals is to write that novel or continue on a on-going novel. The realization sets in with the massive undertaking of writing a novel creeps into your thoughts and creating a wave of doubts to flutter around in your mind.

Now, the task seems more daunting and an overwhelming to finish the first draft of your manuscript. 

Those are normal emotions to have from my experience. When I start a new project: a short story, a blog post, or the first chapter of my novel, I find myself in a brawl with the Mind Battles arena. 

It’s the realization of the task of writing. In my mind I see what needs to be written. It can be a overwhelming emotion to deal with. At times, I wondered if I can write a scene at all; let alone, a complete first draft of a manuscript.

How I handle these battles in the Mind Battle arena with CCP Effect.

What is CCP Effect? That is a simple answer: Confidence, Commitment, and Passion. Three very important tools that writers need in their mental toolbox. When used the effect produces a complete first draft.

Confidence: Believing in your ability and your story despite the nagging doubts or fear that creeps into your mind. As you continue to pound away at the keyboard. That is confidence. At times, may not feel like it, but the strong belief to keep going no matter what your internal editor, family, and friends tell you.

Commitment: Setting a certain time in your schedule to sit down. Just write your story regardless how busy you are with work and family obligations. Even if you have 15 – 30 minutes, you can get a lot done.

Passion: Is simply put, a love for writing and always searching for ways to improve your writing abilities.

Let’s take a quick look at Confidence: it’s a belief in your ability and story no matter what your doubts say or the world. I see with newbies (beginning amateur writers) struggle with their internal editor while writing the first draft. 

Tips on keeping your Confidence intact:

• Turn off your internal editor by ignoring your doubts or replacing your thoughts:

  1. That’s what writing is for to produce a first draft.
  2. What I don’t know I can learn it.
  3. It’s the first draft, and that doesn’t need perfection. 
  4. Be quiet, I am writing here! ( I told myself many times that.)

• When writing a first draft don’t show it to your friends and family. They will start sharing their opinions or give you unnecessarily feedback that you are not ready for. That can feed your doubts and your internal editor. I have learned that one, the hard way, by listening to others negative thoughts to much in the beginning of the writing process can kill a story. 

• The first draft will be terrible. It’s not supposed too be perfect. So, don’t believe the myth it needs to be perfect, so just finish the first draft. 

Commitment is where a lot of writers fail because they don’t make their writing a priority. It takes commitment to write a story, whether it’s a short story, novelette, novella, or novel because it takes time to develop the story. Writers who don’t set time in their schedule won’t have a complete draft of their work or take a long time to complete it; I have witnessed that with my writer friends.   

Tips on Commitment:

• Be realistic about your life and your obligations. If you are married with children and working a full time job. Let’s say you have health issues besides your other obligations. Is it a realistic goal to have a first draft completed in a month? Most people fail because they don’t study their reality of their life. Your writing goals must fit with your life style and your schedule.

• If your schedule is jammed full of your obligations, then carved out 15 – 30 minutes everyday or three days. You will be surprise how much you can get done in writing the first draft.

• By setting a certain time in your schedule you will start getting your creative juices flowing. You’ll find over time sitting down to write will be easier to get the story on paper or screen.

Passion is something you love to do that brings you joy in life, like the love for writing. I don’t know if passion is born or develops over time. It is an important ingredient of success to be a publish author in today’s market. Passion will keep you going in those dark moments of writing when it seems hopeless.

Tips on passion:

• Protect your passion by avoiding yourself from negative people. 

• To keep your passion strong, read books on fiction writing to learn new techniques.

• Read your favorite novels to keep your creative juices full.

• Take time to relax and hang out with your family and friends. Just because you are a writer doesn’t mean you’re a hermit. 

When CCP Effect is use, you will get your first draft done. That’s a wonderful feeling to have at the end of your endeavor. 

Three Secrets 

There are three secrets I discovered on my writing journey that I learned by researching and from my failures. Once I understood these three secrets, grasped their meanings, and it changed my writing forever. Are you intrigued yet?

 • Secret 1- the separating factor between the hobby and the amateur writer.

I bet you are wondering what is the main difference between the hobby and the amateur writer. Well, there is a huge difference in these two categories that no one has told you, but I will.

Here’s the guarded secret, when a person decides to strive for publication the writer’s mind is focus on the readers’ desires. An amateur writer is no longer writing for him/herself, and with a single mission to please the readers. 

Let me say that again, the amateur writer is writing for the reader. The purpose of your story is to delight and entertain your audience.

 • Secret 2- for the readers will determine your success in the market place.

The goal is to write a nail biting tale that the reader wants to buy and is glued to the words of the story until the adventure is over. That is what readers are searching and craving on their hunt for the next great read.

Once the amateur writer understands this concept and then the writing process becomes less daunting. When I fully grasp the concept, and it drove me on a different hunt to improve my writing, making the writing process easier.

At some point in the future your grand tale will be in the hands of the reader, and it needs to be the best tale that you can create.

 • Secret 3- the Mind Battles when writing a novel.

Writing is a battle of the mind, and some days there are victories; other times losses… major losses! The war is over when the novel hits the market place, and the next war comes when writing the next novel. I hope I didn’t break your bubble of expectations.

But I see this a lot in beginning writers (newbies) or returning writers struggling with the Mind Battles to get the juices flowing in their minds. I will admit that I struggle with this too, but I shove the doubts away because I love to write. What I have learned from my journey that the real battle happens in the mind. 

What newbies struggle with a lot in the writing process is feeling so alone in new territory with a lack of confidence. That is the biggest issue I see over and over again. 

Let me share my tidbit with you: writing is solitary work. No one else can write your tale. Even if you hire a ghostwriter to write your tale that the ghostwriter needs direction from you. Writing is suppose to be solitary work, and to win the battle over feeling alone is to have confidence in your ability to write. Just sit down at your favorite spot to work on your grand tale, and the feeling of being alone will drift away. I promise the feeling will fade.

There will be many battles in your mind that you will face while writing your tale. From my experience this is completely normal. These Mind Battles are needed to weed out the hobby writers from the amateur writers. 

If you win these battles and continue to write; you will be on the road to publication of being a amateur writer with a single purpose to complete a novel. That is a fun and exciting adventure to do in 2017!   

Three types of writers

With the New Year just around the corner you may be thinking about writing that novel or story in 2017. Nothing wrong to having a goal about writing. In reality, writing is a good way to keep your mind active and strong.

From my experience there are three types of writers: the hobby writer, the amateur writer, and the professional writer. It is a good idea to figure out which writer you are, and most of us will fit in two categories the hobby writer and amateur writer.

  • The hobby writer is a person who enjoys writing in his/her spare time by creating poems, stories and keeping a journal. This person loves creating with words and there’s nothing wrong with that.
  • The amateur writer is a person who has the desire to become published by writing a novel and searching for techniques to take his/her writing to the next level.
  • The professional writer is published and has established his/her writing career.

The vast difference between the hobby and amateur writer is that the amateur writer is searching out ways to improve his/her craft by reading novels and books on fiction writing, taking a class, attending a writers group, writing, and learning from his/her favorite authors.

Another huge difference writing a novel takes commitment, dedication, and passion. These three words, weed out the amateurs and the hobbyists for writing a novel isn’t easy and at times just plain old difficult.

There is no greater thrill to have a complete manuscript ready to be edited at your fingertips at the end of the first phase.