Great things start with small steps
Too much advice about finding time to do the stuff you love to do is vague and wistful, but not really very helpful. I believe that you can take any dream, ambition, idea, goal or task and break it down into small steps until you get something concrete you can do today. You can do small things in your everyday life to allow you to achieve the things you want to.
The original small steps guide is called The Small Steps Guide to Goal Setting and Time Management. It tells you all about how to break down the thing you want to do into small steps. The book was published by a small press here in Brighton called Emerald, in 2012. Download the first chapter completely free to get an introduction to the small steps method.
Here are the other Small Steps Guides. They all follow the same ethos: that it’s possible to break down a process into small steps until you get to something you can do today:
Find Time to Write. The ebook is completely FREE. It’s for writers who want to establish a writing habit and can’t find the time to do it.
Next up there’s How to Write a Novel and Get It Published
This book applies the small steps method to novel writing in a friendly, approachable way. It starts with the basics and then shows you how to plot and finishes with a whole heap of information and contacts for when you’re ready to send your book out into the world. I kept the price low because I’ve taught novel writing to undergraduate students for years and I want students to be able to afford it! Here’s what people are saying about it:
“packed full of information that anyone wanting to write a book can use”
“Thank you for a wonderfully informative book, I learned so many things…”
“the bottom line is, if you want to be a writer, write.”
“a stellar crash-course for aspiring novelists”
“I will reference this book often! Highly recommended.”
How to Think Like a Writer is aimed at Creative Writing undergraduate and postgraduate students and their tutors. All the same, if you are a writer who is not on a course, the tools in this book will help you tremendously if you include them in your writing practice, especially if you are just starting out. In this book I argue that you are a writer if you make a habit of writing. Full stop. The gets you to think about how YOU write, how YOU create, how YOU think, and gives you lots of practical activities to try out along the way. You’ll learn about the writers’ toolkit – a set of tools you can use again and again in your writing life.
You can check out all of my books, including my novels, on my Amazon author page.