Wednesday, October 23, 2019

7 Tips to Take the Boo out of Writing

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Do you feel like it’s Halloween every time you start a writing project? How would you like to take the boo out of those scary feelings? The following are seven ways to overcome the fear and write on!

  1. Practice self-talk. I am a great writer. Experts say our internal dialogue reveals who we believe we are. So write the phrase on sticky pads all over the house, whisper this affirmation to yourself, and if you use lipstick, write it on your bathroom mirror. Reminders are the perfect way to keep us on task.
  2. Pray before we place our fingers on the keyboard. Our inspiration and creativity comes from outside ourselves. This applies to all we do.
  3. Prepare our writing space to rid the area of distractions. That means a do-not-disturb sign on the door of our office. It also means turning off our message apps and email notices. And we can’t forget to silence our phones.
  4. Plan what we are to write. Our method of writing has no bearing on our method of creating. Without a plan—pantster or plotter, fiction or nonfiction—we have to know where we’re going before we can get started.
  5. Proceed with enthusiasm. This is our time to shine! We love what we do, and it’s a gift not many possess but wish they could weave words to create something beautiful.
  6. Penetrate our subconscious with specific words or phrases that show originality, research, and a labor of love.
  7. Passion for our projects means we are transparent in our communication

These are my Seven Ps to chase away the boos of writing. What is a tip you can share?

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DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. 

She is the director of the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference, Mountainside Marketing Retreat, and Mountainside Novelist Retreat with social media specialist Edie Melson. Connect here:


  1. I am thankful for this message today. Thank you for the encouragement. :-)

  2. You are so welcome! Have a bright and beautiful day.

  3. Your words inspired a poem in response. Are you my muse, DiAnn?

    Move my fingers, help them write
    words that give you, Lord, delight.
    Spear my thoughts with clarity.
    Help me plan each day with Thee.
    Let my passion for you shine,
    Steer my plot in ways divine.
    Penetrate my heart, dear Lord,
    Til we work of one accord.
    Guide me as I write today.
    Keep the devil far away.

  4. Chris, that's beautiful! Do you mind if I use this and you as author?

  5. Diann,
    Writing is a gift. We are privileged every time we sit at our computer and type the words we believe he's given us. It helps to remember this when we struggle or doubt. Thank you for your practical and wise words.

  6. Thanks for the tips, Diann! Practically Perfect "P" thoughts to keep us writing for the Lord!!