How I Finished a 45,000 Word Manuscript in 6 Months

1. Starting

Masters of the form quake before the page — Dani Shapiro

2. Treat Editing and Revising as a Separate Process from Writing

3. Have a Daily Ritual

  • 10 minutes of meditation
  • Listing gratitudes in the Five Minute Journal
  • Reading Before I write
  • Write 1000 words (some of which made it into the book and some of which didn’t)

4. Build in Time for Creative Renewal

5. The Power of Visual Reminders

6. Eliminate the Need for Willpower, Decision Fatigue, and Distraction

7. Read A Lot

8. Working with a Writing Coach

  • She caught patterns that I had.
  • She called me out on places where I repeated myself
  • She told me when things didn’t make any sense

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Srinivas Rao

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