I thought I’d write about it finding time! I have done articles on time-management before, but there’s always more to say.
Finding Time sounds so strange, as if rooting between the sofa cushions may yield a few extra scraps of time we didn’t know we had. 🙂
Someone recently asked whether they could make money from writing full time. In truth almost all writers want to write full time. Who doesn’t want to get paid doing what they love?
This week’s guest poster is the lovely Laura Smith who discusses writing, odds and Academy Awards! 🙂 Apologies to Laura, this should have been up last Tuesday. Oh well, better late then never.
Playing to Win: Writing, Odds, and the Academy Awards by Laura Smith
As a movie lover, the Academy Awards are my Super Bowl. As a writer, the awards given out for best screenplays are always especially exciting. My ultimate dream is to have all of my books made into movies from scripts that I have written so that I can be given the chance to stand on that stage one day.
This isn’t so much because I want a gold statue and to have my picture taken with celebrities. Instead, it’s because I want to know that my stories matter and that my work is accepted in both literary and cinematic circles, two imaginary places where I spend most of my waking hours.
A goal is a dream with a plan. How are you at making plans? Sticking to them? The reason goals fail, resolutions fail is because people make them nicely vague.
For example: “I’m going to write and publish a novel.”
If you have “Write novel” on your goal list without any thought as to what you need to do, you may find you struggle a bit.
This week’s guest post is the wonderful Suzanne Rogerson, author of Visions of Zarua, sharing her tips for self publishing 🙂
15 Tips for Self-Publishing (the second time around) by Suzanne Rogerson
First some back ground on me;
When I self-published my first fantasy novel Visions of Zarua in 2015 I was a complete novice. The ebook was published in November, and then after a hasty change of heart, I published the paperback in December.
It was an intense time but I was lucky to have the support of my editor, Alison Williams, to answer my many questions and the rest I researched on the internet.
I have had a strange relationship with books. Not only am I a writer, but I am also an avid reader. However it wasn’t always that way.
Many people seem to think that those of us who love reading had that habit since we were young. The bookworm of the family, surrounded by stories and with a larger vocabulary than most adults.
Maybe that is true for most people (I don’t know, I’m not most people), but it wasn’t me.
When I was little I actually struggled to read. Like most of the Infant and Primary schools, mine had the colour coded reading system. Pink and red stickered books were the easy, simple books for new learners. Then it went through the rainbow getting harder with each colour category.
Today I thought I would share my thoughts with you on what writer’s shouldn’t do.
As always, these are just my opinions so feel free to ignore / disregard if you feel the need.
This is not a massively comprehensive list, there are many things writers shouldn’t do. Like don’t tackle a policeman to the ground just to see what it’s like to be arrested. That should be considered a no-no.
So let’s get to it, Ari’s Things Writers Shouldn’t Do…
Today is the first day in quite a few months where I have actually been able to slow down and take stock.
As 2015 draws to a close, I have been thinking about everything I have accomplished over the last 12 months and everything I wish to accomplish going forward.
However if the last few months of crazy have shown me anything is that even with the best laid plans, when things go wrong they can do it spectacularly well…. leaving you a panicking, freaked out heap whimpering into the carpet (well not me… I have cats and my carpet has too much cat hair for me to do that).
Early on in my writing, when I was just a young teenager I wrote a sci-fi novel. It was probably the most I’d ever written by that age and was spread over 2 floppy disks (ahhh showing my age now!)
As I shared a computer with the family I couldn’t save my work on the computer itself and so the only copy of the story was on floppy disks.
To my horror, one of them became corrupted. I lost over half the novel and was never able to retrieve it. There are no words to describe the feeling of loss when you lose your writing.
If someone asked me what I wish I had known when I first started writing that would have helped me now, I think my answer would have been starting my electronic organising earlier.
Having amassed huge amounts of scenes, notes, ideas, plots, character profiles, lists, maps, pictures and more all to do with SEVERAL novel series’, an organised system was needed.
So is it really important? (I hear you ask)
In the last article I discussed organising your life outside of your writing work, now let’s move onto getting organised for writing.
Every writer is different and so not all suggestion here for organising yourself will work for you. However here is how I do it that you may find useful.
Firstly, for every new novel I start a new computer folder. Give your novel (or series) a name. Whether you write short stories, sonnets or huge novels TITLES are important. If you can’t think of one you like use a “Working Title” but at least you have something.
If you write novels, give your novels a title – if you write novel series, give the SERIES a title. That way the individual novels can become numbers until you’ve got your individual titles.