3 Tips For Finishing That First Draft

Nothing I’m about to say is novel, by any means, but…

These are just a couple of the tips and tricks I have used to go from a writing ZERO to a writing HERO (is that lame? I feel like that was kinda lame… sorry guys!) 🤷‍♀️

1. The first thing I do is employ the Eat that Frog! method from Brian Tracey’s book. Seriously, you gotta eat that nasty frog 🐸 (PS one of my old dogs ate a frog once and it was not only the grossest thing in the entire world, but he puffed up like a balloon! Hello anaphylaxis – don’t worry, he was ok). Essentially eating that frog means to do your writing/art/business building first thing in the morning. If you know you’re just going to put it off and procrastinate on your writing/art/personal project and eventually never do it, then make a commitment to do it first thing in the morning ☀️. I started getting up ONE HOUR EARLIER so I could write over my morning cup of coffee ☕️. Yeah, it’s hard to get up at 4am, and it kinda sucks, but after a long day of teaching, by the time I get home and get settled, my brain is mush 🧠 and my energy tank is left with a single wisp of smoke dancing around at the bottom 💨 No writing will take place for me after work. Period. 🚨 SUCCESS ALERT 🚨 After 20+ years of putting “Writing” down on the #1 spot of my daily to-do list and NEVER actually writing🤦‍♀️, I realized something needed to change if I was to eventually become successful in my dream of becoming a published author. I started employing the Eat that Frog method, and voila, I just finished Draft #1 of my next novel (oh yeah, you know imma talk about this more soon!!! Hang on to your pants 👖)

I freaking love New Girl, anyone else?

2. Have someone hold you accountable if you can’t hold yourself accountable. Use punishments, rewards, whatever, just be accountable to yourself and others — if need be. You can ask someone who loves you to make you check in daily or weekly with your word count/hours written per day 📞. If you don’t meet your goal, you don’t get your agreed upon rewards (a new purse 👜, those new shoes you’ve been eyeing 🥾, etc.). And when I say punishment, don’t pull a Nick Miller and hire someone from Craigslist to punch you in the face if you don’t make your word count! I was thinking something more like, you lose $50 to the person holding you accountable, you have to go clean your friend’s bathroom (toilet and all), etc. I don’t know about you, but I’d hit my word count if I made that kind of a deal! Seriously, accountability will be massive for you if you aren’t able to hold to your goals and deadlines. Find a support group on the internet or an app that helps you work toward your dreams 💕 They DO matter!

3. Read personal development books. Try books about writing ✍️ or finishing something you started 🏁, books that will inspire you. Try books like Big Magic (my personal fave), The War of Art, The Five Second Rule, The Compound Effect, The Miracle Morning, and other self-help books that kick you in the pants 🦵 👖 and encourage you to go for it. I listen to audiobooks on the way to/from work, the grocery store, and waking on my treadmill for 1 hour a day. Yes, sometimes I’d rather listen to music or watch Netflix while I walk, but they don’t inspire me to FINISH (and oftentimes to START) like the professional development books do. Listen to stories of other people who failed and then ultimately succeeded and never gave up, and believe me, you will be encouraged as well. This is one simple thing I have done that has changed my life. Between my Audible subscription and air pods, I am a happy gal 🤓 (#nerdalert, I know!)

Nike says, “JUST DO IT!” for a reason. It’s simple and straight forward. Combined with Mel Robbins’ The Five Second Rule (my second favorite PD book), you’ll be golden Pony Boy.

You can’t say you want to be a writer/artist/entrepreneur if you never put the time in to see that goal/dream through. You need to learn to push through the “I don’t feel like it”s” and the “I’m not sure where to go next’s” and just create. Even if it sucks, just create. Like Jake the Dog said, 

“Dude, suckin’ at something is the first step to being sorta good at something.”

So go suck at something, and before you know it, you’ll be kinda good at it 🙂 


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Just the world’s BIGGEST procrastinator when it comes to my writing. I have lived in such crippling fear of not getting published (fear of rejection anyone?) that I was too afraid to even pick up a pen. How dumb is that? This is my attempt to write — no matter how it all shakes down. P.S. I also learned that if I didn’t write, it would destroy me one piece of my soul at a time.

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