Joel Drazner – Tips for writers
The Three T’s (Tips) for Writing
Joel Drazner is an inspiring coach from California and shares the Inside-Out understanding with his clients. Joel work with individuals, small groups and business teams to help them see clearly the relationship to their state of mind and the success of whatever they’re trying to accomplish.
Joel Drazner also has three decades worth of writing/editing experience under his belt and has been polishing the prose of books and other publications, both in-house for spiritually focused publisher World Tribune Press, and as a freelancer and ghostwriter.
I (Liz) was delighted when Joel agreed to an interview becuase I knew he’d have some no-nonsense advice and tips for budding writers. After spending years supporting authors and writers Joel knows a thing or two about putting words on the page.
I spoke with him for 15 minutes (you can catch the whole interview below). After the call I reflected on what he’d said and realised that the following three tips emerged (for me) during the interview.
Write because you’re drawn to write and because you enjoy the process – if you love what you’re doing it will show.
When writing becomes a chore then it’ll feel like hard work. If you start to ruminate and worry about the end result, about whether its good enough and who will read it/like it/hate it – then you can paralyse yourself before you start. In other words don’t invest your psychological wellbeing in the outcome of the book.
As Joel says, writing is about, ‘… putting love into words’.
Who are you writing this for? Rather than try to please the whole world, or trying to find a niche ‘audience’ why not just consider you’re writing this for just one person. Have that person in mind whilst you write.
It reminds me of my radio work and the tip was to speak as though you were talking to one person ‘in the pub’. In other words, don’t try to be too clever, or wordy.
Enjoy developing the skill of writing. Reflect on what you have written, learn from other writers (talk to other writers). Play with words and see writing as a craft and an art to practise, develop and enjoy.
Here is the interview in full
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