The Written Compass

Hosted ByDr. Shana Hartman

A podcast for inspiration, education, and activation of powerful new narratives in the world of business and life from heart-centered folks just like you.

Episode 119: Your Random Writing Can Be a Book

I was recently chatting with a friend who is in my Writing as Healing community, and they have been writing what I call bits and bobs of writing, short little bits of writing that we write while journaling or towards a project—book, blogs, social media, or just capturing our thoughts about work, life, experiences, etc.

They wondered: “What am I supposed to do with this?”

I am here to tell you if you have a lot of “random” writing, you may have a book waiting to be put together.

Here are some ways to “put a book together from this random writing”

  1. Themes
  2. Reread (make the familiar strange episode 40 for more)
  3. Look for what the overall idea is in each of your bits and bobs (love, stress, family, coaching)
  4. Start labeling (I like color coding)
  5. Combine
  6. Revisit your bits
  7. Start to put together common themes or ideas that would go together well
  8. Expand
  9. After you have combined
  10. Look at how much you have now
  11. These can become chapters or sections
  12. What else do you want to say/write?
  13. What is missing? More stories, experiences, examples, etc.

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