Since I am stuck at the car mechanic today, it seems like a great time to upload the blog.
I wanted to focus today on one thing in particular, and that is your writing as an art form, as a skill, and as a trade. I am not going to tell you how to market yourself, sell books, or get rich other than to quote #JAKonrath on this and say. “Don’t write crap.” Great advice, really.
More specifically, the best advice one author can give another is, “The best way to accomplish your goals is to write the best novel you can.”
So here we go. 10 TEN RULES FOR SUCCESSFUL WRITING. Ignore it at your own peril (much of this, like for many authors, was learned the hard way for me).
10: TRY TO WRITE SOMETHING EVERYDAY.
Don’t race to write 10,000 words in a week if you work full time and have a family, or even 5,000. Don’t stress. It will come in time when you are able. Start small. I work on paper (have forever).
One sheet front and back is 500 words. Do that 2 times, that’s 1000.
Do that everyday and you have the first draft of the average novel in 2-3 months.
Do that 2-3 times a year, but always leave time for breaks, and you’re turning over 2-3 books a year. For some people with busy lives and day jobs, that’s alot!
9: TAKE BREAKS.
Between drafts, take a break. Between sessions, takes a break. Between projects, take a break. Between designing cover art and social media, take a break. You get the the idea.
What do you doing a “self-inforced break?” Read. Watch TV. Go shopping. Hang with the family. Go visit a museum or a zoo. Get out into the world and explore. Even if it’s only for 5 minutes.
One word, one thought, one image is enough to spark an idea. When that happens, write it down.
8: WRITE IT THE HELL DOWN.
They say that a small pad or notebook, hell, even an app on your smartphone, on your person at all times. Whatever that spark is, jot it down. There is a very good possibility that you are going to forget it. That you will lose whatever it is if you don’t. Now write something simple like, “Danny is Jamaican,” or, “They’re going to leave El Paso and run into the ganglords.” It could be the entire first two pages of a novel.
Just write it the hell down.