Writing Articles And Ebooks – How Working With A Mentor Can Help You Finish Your Articles and Ebooks

Writing articles and ebooks can be crucial to boosting your business, your career, and to the way you are perceived by others. Everyone is capable of writing about what they know, yet most people fail to ever complete the writing they intended to do. If you are having difficulty completing your articles, short reports or ebook, you may want to consider working with a mentor.

A writing mentor will show you how to break down your writing project into smaller, doable chunks. They will keep you on track so that you finish your writing in a timely manner and can move on to other aspects of your life and business. Having the point of view of another, more experienced writer can be invaluable to the writing process.

Another way to complete your writing is to work in a small group with other writers. You can act as sounding boards for each other to keep your writing on topic and on track. Becoming involved in a community of writers can also mean more connections when you are ready to have your work published later on. Other writers who have already been through the process can save you many hours and lots of money by telling you what pitfalls to avoid.

All of this can be done online as well. You will need to spend some time searching for the right people to help you, but they are there. There are groups of writers that meet virtually each week through teleseminars and discussion groups. There are mentors that guide you through the writing process over a four or six week period and teach you everything you need to know for your individual need. Beware anyone who charges an exorbitant amount of money to help you write and has not written very much on their own. Instead, look for someone who is actively writing articles and ebooks that will spend the time with you to get your writing completed.

Tap Into Your Emotions to Improve Your Writing

As a writer, you may get frustrated when you just can’t focus, or tired when you can’t get your latest character to jump off the page. You may get upset when your articles don’t evoke that extra sparkle or you get so excited you can’t sit still. Have any of these ever happened to you? So what do you do?

Channel those emotions. Turn the tables on frustration, impatience, or excitement and give your writing a boost. Keep the writing going and moving forward. How?

1. Let’s say you can’t focus right now or even today. Give yourself some time away from writing. Go for a walk, read a book, play that computer game, or mix up a batch of cookies. You get the idea…do something entirely different than the writing you should be doing. Take a few minutes or even a couple of hours and see if that won’t help your focus. You’ll probably come back to your writing refreshed and ready to focus.

2. Brainstorm about your characters when they get stagnant. Take out a sheet of paper, jot down your characters and write everything and anything about them. It may be silly stuff, how they should dress, what they had for breakfast, or who their latest victim is. Something will click and you’ll be off and writing about them sooner than you think.

3. You’ve been asked to write a travel article describing the newest bed and breakfast in your area. All your words come out trite and overused. How can you get it to spark the interest of your magazine’s readers? Think like a traveler who has never visited a bed and breakfast before. What would they like, what do they expect, or what questions should they ask the owners? Answer those questions and the article already is off to a good start.

4. It’s a great thing to get excited about your writing. Keep that excitement going as you think about the projects you want to write. Make a list, jot down ideas, sit down and write…whatever it takes to keep you excited. Then remember what it was that made you excited in the first place.

As a human being, you have emotions. You can use them to your advantage as a writer whether you are frustrated, overwhelmed, or enthusiastic. If nothing else, it’s a great place to start to help improve our next writing project.