It’s been just over a year since I published my first book (‘Lover by Moonlight’). A year in which I’ve learnt an incredible amount. I’ve tried lots of new things – some have been moderately successful, some have been a waste of time, and some have been an abject failure. But overall, I consider that I have grown immeasurably, and am definitely getting closer to my goal of being a widely-read author.
There have been so many lessons learned in so many different parts of the self-publishing life, that I’m planning to explore each one in a separate blogpost. And don’t worry, I will be letting you know about the good, the bad and the ugly. All of it. Some of the topics I’m planning to cover include:
- My website
- Distributing and publishing
- Facebook and other social media
- Finding readers, reviewers and a ‘street team’
Most of us continually ask ourselves “how can I improve my writing?” Here’s one of the best posts I’ve read on this topic lately – hope you find it interesting.
In my previous post I talked about counting words, and the pleasure of being able to track a ‘good day’ of writing. But how can we work towards having more ‘good days’?
Some of the things that work for me are:
- if possible, allocate yourself a chunk of time (sometimes I write through the night – desperate I know, but at least it’s quiet). Part of this one is about giving yourself permission to write. You deserve this time!
- become really at home with your characters and their motivations. Think about them when you’re on the train or in the bath or wherever. Get to know them, visualise them, test out things they might do and things they wouldn’t do.
- think of some interesting scenes/situations to write about. I often have my best ideas when I’m trying to sleep – hold onto them, write them down, or perhaps just go and type them straight in. I always have a document standing by for notes and ideas.
- try to avoid distractions! (this is a topic in itself, I will share some ideas about this in my next post)
- find ways to keep the flow going, including avoiding things that make your writing stall. (another biggie – I have a trick that works well for me that I will share soon)
Happy writing – I hope you have a ‘good day’ soon!