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PreparePreparation is the beginning of all things – good or bad.  Jeff Goins reminds of us that on Day 5 of the 15 Habits of Great Writers challenge. According to Dictionary.com, the definition of “prepare” is as follows:

verb – to put things or oneself in readiness; get ready: to prepare for war.

I, personally, couldn’t have said it better.  Jeff Goins, in his usual manner, reminds us what it takes to be a writer – a great writer. I normally don’t quote this much from his posts, but this one just needed it all:

Real preparation

So let’s say you’re notpreparing to launch something big and you want to. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Ship something. Anything. It doesn’t matter how bad it is, just put it out there.
  2. Get feedback. If this is an eBook or article idea, even a book proposal, one way you can do this is ask readers, friends, or fans to proofread something you’re working on. Send it to them, give them a deadline, and ask for brutally honest critiques.
  3. Make it better. Trust your heart and intuition, but also apply some of the feedback you received.
  4. Repeat until the project is ready to launch.

This is how just about anything works in this digital landscape — in a world where technology gives you unlimited chances at success. Ship and tweak, ship and tweak, ship and tweak.

The challenge

See #1. Ship it. Put something out there, anything. Don’t wait; move something forward.

You don’t need to know everything, just the next step. If it’s a big project, you don’t have to finish the whole thing; just finish part of it. But for crying out loud, do something.

Because the work you do is practice for the next thing, preparation for tomorrow. And if all you’re doing is stalling, what are you really preparing for? Exactly. Nothing.

This challenge was actually not something I could fully accept. I couldn’t ship anything as I don’t have enough of something to send somewhere.  However, I decided to make sure I at least did something.  Since getting my internet back up and running late Friday evening, I’ve been back slaving over books and other material to educate myself even more in the world of online business.  I’ve also been trying to finish this website. Landing page is about done, finally. So, while I don’t have something specific to ship, I do have something to do.  So I will do it. Here’s to Great Writers around the world “gettin’ it done.”

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KikiFor as long as I can remember, I've enjoyed the written word. Whether in books or under my pen, words were my first real friends. I learned how they worked well together to express emotions, thoughts, ideas, and so much more. Now, my passion is my job... my career... my life.View all posts by Kiki →

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