Deadlines is Lesson 1 in Think like a Pro.
And deadlines is One Scary Word.
How do we transform ourselves from hobbyist to professional? How do we change the mindset that our writing is for escape or entertainment? If our goal is professional writer, how do we become a disciplined Pro? The first lesson is Deadlines.
In our long “Winter of Discontent” with our writing, we need to follow the example of the crocus: emerging from frozen snow to new life.
To help newbie writers achieve that goal, New Advent for Writers: Think like a Pro presents seven lessons as a guide for this transformation. Like a two-hour seminar, these lessons will seem easy, but the practical application takes focus, persistence, and clear thinking.
Chapter 1 covers deadlines (One Scary Word).
The second chapter presents the importance of daily writing, or as Tolstoy kept on his desk: Nulla dies sine linea (One Latin Phrase).
Chapter 3 examines the models or patterns that every writer depends upon (One Guiding Decision) while Chapter 4 reminds us to learn from those who’ve gone before (One Ancient Greek).
In Chapter 5, entitled One Simple Injunction, the authors preach the great heresy of no excuses.
Chapter 6 (One Slice of Advice) explores how creativity can be sparked.
Chapter 7 discusses determination and resolutions.