The First Two Weeks of Writing

The first two weeks of a writing class (or any other class) are the most critical in a writer’s book writing journey. This is the time to test your commitment to your newly set goals. Like any other goal, you will be tested one too many times to quit and maybe try another time. There isn’t really a better time to achieve your goals other than now. The challenges you are encountering today will probably be there tomorrow or other complex ones might crop up in the future. The future might be a better time anyway, but who knows. It’s better to work with what you know now than a probability in the future. Make it happen today!
 
Many times we hear people say things like, “I don’t have the willpower to do that,” as they watch others achieve their goals. Sometimes it looks like some people were simply born with divine willpower while others were overlooked as self-discipline superpowers were being handed out by God. This is far from the truth because self-discipline is a learned skill, not an innate characteristic.
 
The good news is, once you acquire the skill you can keep it for a lifetime and you can replicate it in other areas of your life. What I am encouraging you on today is – you signed up for the class because you wanted to complete writing your book, you owe it to yourself to finish that goal. One win can be all you need to start a series of wins.
 
I know there are all sorts of challenges you have experienced in the last fortnight – attacks on health, work schedules that have tightened, travels that have cropped up – these are all part of life. Workaround them and do not allow yourself to be distracted or defeated!

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Assignments

Assignments create teaching and learning opportunities to think and learn about ideas, topics, events, and questions — about specific content in the writing course. This is why a quality assignment is the hallmark of effective instruction. By completing each assignment in the context of the unit you are in, you will form a stronger foundation for yourself to understand the next unit and by the end of the course, you should have the manuscript (first draft) ready.

1. Do your author profile/bio/biography. This is where you establish yourself as the kind of person who ought to be read by your target market. It’s where you forge a connection with your potential readers and get them to trust you, believe in you, and want to read what you have to say.

2. Do your book dedication to highlight the person/people whom you wish to honour with this book. 

3. Do your draft acknowledgement – you can start by listing the people/people groups and you can refine after you finish writing the first draft. 

4. Do the introduction to your book. It is the beginning section which states the purpose and goals of your book. Summarize the outline of the book. Start out with a hook to pull your readers in from the very first paragraph. Try using your story, a funny story, a joke, or just use an interesting fact. Then talk about your reasons for writing the book and what you expect the book to be used for. 

Submit your assignments to programs@cblafrica.com 

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Those close to me know that my passion burns the core of who and what I am. This passion was in Finance, Accounting and Business Consultancy for many years (and it was great while it lasted). However, books are my first love career-wise.

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