Ask An Author

Published on August 1st, 2013 | by Devin

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Ask An Author: Ken Rabow, Part 6

Ken Rabow is a life empowerment coach and the author of The Slacker’s Guide to Success, a book designed to help teens and young adults discover their strengths. In this multi-part interview, he talks about his philosophies, writing process, favourite books and more.

Your system talks a lot about learning to believe in yourself. Writers often suffer from self-doubt. What can we do to overcome it and keep writing?

Remember: There is no such thing as writing. Just re-writing.

Find one chapter or one paragraph that is the meat of your story – tofu for the vegetarians out there. Then spend time asking yourself what works about that section. See if the working sentences need some modification. When you get the piece working, take that same attention to what will be the spine of the story. (There is not tofu spine equivalent.) Pretty soon, you will have the words, the tone and the feel that you can carry though to the rest of the words. Avoid focusing on what does not work. Focus on what you love, even if it is the smallest detail.

The Slacker’s Guide to Success is out now.

To read more from Ken Rabow, visit his website, his Real Life Coaching center or his articles for The Huffington Post. You can also follow him on Twitter.

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