It can give voice to what you want to say.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
It can give voice to what you want to say.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
1. Level out your experience and their input.
That is, make sure you are logging at least as much writing time as browsing and strategizing time. The business of writing and the art of the craft are crazy interesting to research, but you don't want to sacrifice precious writing time for them. Strike a balance by agreeing with yourself to have a certain amount of time for browsing and note-taking and then an equal or greater amount for your own querying and article topic brainstorming, story development, and word count generation.
2. Research the ones that make sense for you.
Whether you are a horror or romance novelist or a poet or business writer, keep to the strategies in line with your genre and save yourself a bunch of time by following respected writers in your field and googling interviews with them or connecting with them on goodreads or linkedin . Of course, you can adapt great strategies from one genre to another, but only sign up for this if you have the time to spare.
3. Take what works for you and leave the rest.
No need to get off balance if a strategy that is working well for you is not the favored one of your favorite author. Similarly if a list of intimidating recommended new technologies only has one or two on it that you want to try. Don't feel like everything from anyone is right for you. Before long, you will be recommending your favorites to people and they will be taking what works for them too. Writers are people before they're writers. We are all different.
4. Celebrate your own journey.
Take some time to write up a blurb about what you're learning and your process as a writer. You can blog about it, write up your own interview and post it on social media, or connect with another blogger who does guest posts or profiles.
As a great writer once said, "To thine own self be true." And another "There is nothing new under the sun." But the world is waiting for your version. So like the doctor says "get on your way".
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Ideally your sharing platform will be easy to access and in line with your message but there are so many options. How do you know you've found the right platform for your writing?
Whether you are a blogger, a storyteller, or a business or technical writer, here are 4 ways you can know you are connecting with your readership in the most efficient way, leaving time for content creation.
1. You have a few readers.
Don't worry if the number is not up there. You can grow your reach by using any number of virtual tools or promotional strategies. Growing your readership is a combination of regular output and being of service to your readership. Give them a reason to come back and they will bring their friends.
2. You are being consistent.
Whether in posting regularity or genre or niche expertise, your readers know why to come to you first. If you can help your readers consistently by entertaining them or assisting them with their own writing enterprises, you will train them to come back to you for content and inspiration. Look at you! Making a difference!
3. You are spending the bulk of your promotional time on one medium.
Maybe two. Or channeling your main blog or website message through links on other social networking sites (buffer or hootsuite save you time here) But don't try to master all of the social networking avenues at once. It will be hard to keep up the pace. Better to shine on one site and be share worthy.
4. You are growing in confidence and picking up new skills.
Within each social marketing medium from blog hosting sites like blogger and wordpress and website hosting sites like webs and wix and platforms such as twitter, pinterest, facebook, and instagram; there is much to learn and benefit from in terms of strategy.
google the words author, promotion, and [insert your favorite social media network here] to find helpful articles like this one
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Friday, July 08, 2016
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
When you are looking at your regular work day and your writing project you're tackling on the side, it may seem like there's no time for down time. But not building it in will risk your losing creative energy. Take time for the things that recharge you. They will make a million other things possible.
Here are 10 easy ways to recharge quick:
Napping is not just for kids. The 20 minute nap makes solid health contributions. Web MD calls it a stage 2 nap which makes you alert and ready to tackle both thinking and motor control tasks upon waking. Set your timer and keep your notebook nearby. Frequent nappers often have vivid dreams & 20 minutes is long enough to go through a REM cycle.
2. Do a short workout video on youtube.
Exercise gets your heart pumping and brings extra oxygen into your body. Your brain will be at heightened capacity especially if you drink water to go along with your workout. Taking in enough water improves brain function & exercise superpowers your brain as well. A search for 15 minute cardio will get plenty of results.
3. Handmake a card or two.
Creative pursuits like arts and crafts use a different part of the brain than logical thinking processes. Going into another sphere works to relax you and recharge you for complicated plot twists ahead. The side benefit of having a few cards on hand for upcoming birthdays doesn't hurt either.
4. Putter in your garden.
Getting into your green space lets you clear your head, brings your blood pressure down, and gives you fresh inspiration. Employ your senses and lay on the grass, rub some mint between your finger and thumb, breathe in fresh scents and let your mind wander. Bonus points for cloud watching.
5. Have fun with your writing prompts.
Taking a creative approach with your writing prompts could mean cartooning your story line, mind mapping your character developing, or painting the feeling you want the scene to take. Keep a notebook nearby for the snippets of phrases that are sure to pop into your head when you are relaxed and musing on your story.
6. Clutter bust.
This is a different enterprise from cleaning house. In a specific room in which you want to write for the next writing session, empty all of your clutter into a filefolder, garbage bag, and donation box. The space should now be spare. Set out something that makes you smile. Clutter gets in the way of clear thinking and busting it improves optimal thinking.
7. Trade massages.
Ask your partner to rub out those shoulder knots or book a professional massage if budget allows. Holding tension in your body puts you at risk for distraction, headaches, and reduction in energy. Having your pliable spine back will allow for more comfortable writing time.
8. Make an occasion out of your coffee run.
Instead of making a coffee run yourself or meeting a friend at a coffee shop and taking up a chunk of time you cannot afford out of a busy day; ask your friend to meet you and go for the drive or walk to the coffee shop. You will have socialization time, which is recharging ( provided you're meeting up with a positive person ), and it will be within a pre determined amount of time, allowing you both to get back to your schedule refreshed.
9. Make a vision board.
A vision board lets you see your goals in front of you every day. It both inspires you and keeps you accountable to what you say you want. Actions are sure to come out of what you are focusing on every day. Cutting out pictures out of magazines and gluing them is a fun change of pace. It works just as well copying and pasting images into a collage on publisher and then printing them out. (slightly easier to do on lunchtime at work as well)
10. Get in the water.
Whether it's a bath, shower, pool, or hot tub; water is relaxing and a true time out. It is hard to be stressed out in such a setting and letting your mind wander is the best benefit of all. You'll find ideas come to you when you are not even looking for them.
For maximum benefit for your writing project, before you start your recharging session determine how long it will be and when you will start writing. Following up a break with a treat writing session means you have a win-win before you.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Longer hours means that even given the usual work, socializing, yardwork, and beach trips; there will still be early morning or late night pockets in which to write. Why lay in a warm bed when you can't sleep? Sit on the back deck with a notebook and write a few lines instead. Especially if you're working with an outline, those small writing sessions will add up to something substantial over the summer.
2. Relaxed routines means chores can be a snap.
If there was ever a time to give up a full on meat and potatoes dinner and made beds, it's now. A rotisserie chicken and a salad equal a balanced dinner and if your family hasn't heard the research yet, especially in warm weather, it's a bad health idea to make the bed. Use the extra time to finish up the rest of that short story and submit it to a writing contest.
3. Summer's happenings give you more writing material to work with.
Summer brings new experiences from food to events to road trips, not to mention more restaurant patio dwellers (if you're not above eavesdropping to glean plot points for your next book) If you're writing for a commercial market, your day trips can be turned into new articles for local and national publications
Are any of these strategies ones you use already? What else helps you write in the summertime?