When I trained as a boxer, we did a lot of footwork. Dart in, hit, then get out of the way. Best way to win a fight? Simple. Don’t get punched. Or at least get punched as little as possible. When our opponent takes a swing? Don’t be there. The skill of sticking-and-moving requires endurance, strength and flexibility. Being a successful Digital Age Author requires the same.
Learn to Stick and Move
Get quick on your feet. Change, adapt, overcome.The lithe survive, especially now in the Digital Age. The big traditional publishers are suffering because their size doesn’t allow them to adapt to the rapid changes that come part-and-parcel with explosive technological advance.
Indies, in this sense, have an advantage. An author can change covers if one isn’t working. He or she can respond directly to what consumers want.
Happy Easter to those who celebrate! A Happy Chocolate day to those who partake. It is a holy day so I am obviously going to talk to you about my religion…
There is never a bad time to learn more. Why not, list all of the words you can think of relating to Easter. You will surprise yourself.
Now find a thesaurus and learn a new one!
Q. What if I don’t like dinosaurs?
A. Dictionaries are also really useful
The creators of National Novel Writing Month have spread their craziness to the Spring. Now you can get witty with a word count during April and again I think in July. The joy of camp as opposed to November Nano is the self imposed word limit. Anything from 100 words to 100,000.
Actually I think the limit is 999,999 but no one who wishes to remain sane tries that in a month! Check out the Nanowrimo website or google Camp Nanowrimo and jump in. The water’s lovely.
Resources for writers are notoriously patchy in quality on the web. I recommend everyone visits Joanna Penn at the creative Penn for useful and up to date information about all aspects of writing and publishing.
For a lesson in how to cultivate the joy of writing, you can do no better than view the lectures available on YouTube by the late great Ray Bradbury. If you ever wondered how to tap into your subconscious mind take a tip and listen to the best.
I am an adult, a grown-up, almost ancient if you listen to my children so why do I still feel the need to have permission to write?
I am not talking about external permission, you have to come shopping/cook/buy shelves permission. I am talking about the internal
” shouldn’t I be shopping/cooking/ buying shelves? ”
Sort of permission.
It is insane.
It is also a clear sign that writing is simply too much fun. If it gives you joy then it obviously isn’t work.
Well, I for one am going to laugh in the face of procrastination and dance the Macarena to the beat of my work ethic.
It’s work. It’s fun.
Get over it.