Hand: Six Word Friday

Would you lend a helping hand?

My friend, Marc, just posted this
He’s taking a risk, reaching out
His hand, asking for help
To achieve his dream. You’ve met
Him here in his Author Interview

A man in many roles, performing
Many tasks: husband, father, friend, pastor
A steward of many talents, sharing
His gifts: teaching, speaking, singing, writing

Help me to help him achieve
A dream he dares to believe

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11 comments

  1. First off I want to say wonderful blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your thoughts prior to writing. I’ve had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there.

    I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted just
    trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips?
    Thanks!

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    1. Adam,
      Thank you so much. I am very much a “stream of consciousness” writer and a majority of what is written on this blog comes out in one sitting and one electronic draft that I do my best to edit as I go, then see the mistakes post publication.

      I am currently without a functional computer, so many posts are written on my iPhone WordPress app, which makes the writing and editing both more challenging.

      I recently read, more than once, that we writers have to be willing to write the garbage out and produce less than our best if we ever expect ourselves to write the quality content we want others to read.

      It sounds like you should start with two open docs or two notebooks: the first one to be your primer – just start writing out anything and everything that flows through your brain, without stopping to judge, analyze, or edit it. This way, all the things demanding attention and space that are hindering the writing you want to do, get both attention and space in it’s own document/notebook, and you free up your internal space and attention to focus on the writing you want to do. Think of it like the warm-up period of stretching before exercising.

      Good luck!

      Kina

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  2. Ok, our last longwinded comment didn’t go through, maybe it went into the spam box… who knows? Trying again…. Hey Marc, You obviously rock, so we signed up for your email list! That said, we just want to add that we understand the perils of platforming for book sales and you don’t need to entirely rely on your e-mail list. If we gave our email address to every single blog we followed (which is many, many) we wouldn’t have enough room in our inbox for mail from Mom. Nowadays most avid readers/followers understand this and use compilers like Blog Lovin. If your publisher doesn’t know this then they’re dinosaurs. You can go to Stat Show and type in your blog address and prove your traffic to the world, and many of those stats are actually your “followers.”

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    1. Hey Bubble Gum,

      Thanks for signing up, and for sharing your experience. I definitely do know that the other metrics matter. I’ve been learning a lot about this stuff over the past year, and it seems like the email subscription is still queen. Both for platform building for traditional publishing, but even more for self-publishing. I’ll be building all avenues as I can, but for now I’m putting an emphasis on growing my sub list. And as for publishers being dinosaurs–they all are, every one of them! 🙂

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  3. Hey Marc, that was easy! We’re total strangers but we can tell that you rock, so we signed up for your mailing list. We understand the platforming perils of book publishing… don’t underestimate the power of your blog, twitter and Facebook, too. Not just your mailing list. You can use resources like statshow.com (type in your website there) and you can get clear info on the value of your site and prove your traffic. There are many true followers who do not provide their email addresses because the onslaught of blogs filling their box becomes insane. If we gave out our email for every blog that we love and follow avidly, we’d have no room to read e-mails from our mother. We all use compilers like Blog Lovin (http://www.bloglovin.com) nowadays and if your publisher doesn’t know this, then they’re a dinosaur. Good luck!

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