I’m always a bit sporadic and inconsistent on my social media feeds, these tips are really helpful! Watch out tweeps – here I come!
I’m currently taking one of Lisa’s course and I’ve learnt so much about the craftsmanship of writing in Deep Point of View. Once you learn it, you can’t unlearn it. You and your writing will be forever changed by it!
Have you seen the 5amwritersclub hashtag bandied around on Twitter? These committed writers get up at 5am to write. Squeezing every drop of ink out of their daily schedule. I often envied those people, I questioned my own drive and passion for writing because I wasn’t willing to sacrifice those precious hours in bed!
I just couldn’t image doing it. I mean who really wants to get out of a nice, warm, cosy bed at stupid o’clock in the morning to sit at a desk and think, let alone write?
That was until a recent bout of early morning waking. We’re talking brain engaged at 3am and not switching off no matter how many sheep I counted. Thoughts racing around the tarmac of my mind, crashing into the barriers and making me restless.
One particular morning, about 4:30am, I got up. Made a cup of tea and fired up my Mac. I typed happily away until about 7am when my son woke up.
It was a glorious revelation! I had a good chunk of words down, I felt like I’d achieved something and that creative spark inside me had been stoked; the burning embers kept me going all day…well, until about 8pm when I passed out on the sofa.
I did it, on and off, for a little over a week. I am proud of myself for getting up that early. I’ve never been an early riser and my system requires at least one cup of tea before much can go on between my ears.
What I learned was, that although getting up at such a ridiculous hour is painful, it is rather freeing. To have achieved a writing goal so early in the day sets you up in positive frame of mind for the rest of the day. It’s kind of addictive and I plan on doing it more often.
Do you get up a 5am to write, is it out of necessity or need? What have you found to be to pro’s and con’s?
To anyone who hasn’t tried it, I recommend giving it a go, you might surprise yourself!
Anyone who has written a book or is currently writing one will know of the importance of a good blurb. Heck, even if you’ve picked up a book and bought it, it’ll be because the blurb on the back enticed you to buy it.
I have joined a number of writing community groups on Facebook, each have slightly different core aims but overall it’s to help out indie authors. Share ideas and offer advice. There isn’t a week goes by where there isn’t someone asking for help with their blurb.
What the general populous don’t know is how hard it can be to write the kind of blurb that gets people reading. How come writing a hundred and fifty words is so much harder than writing a ninety thousand word manuscript?
Well, in part, it’s because you, the writer, are so close and so invested in all the action, all the detail, and all the desire to get it right. You know every nook and cranny of that book, every twist and every turn. Every character and their life story.
Deciding which bits to leave in and which bits to leave out is like trying to cram an elephant into a Mini. Like origami, it’s an art form, a skill that takes time and practice. Traditional publishers have the inside track with all their marketing know how. So what can indie authors do?
The answer: Get someone else to write it for you.
This is where The Blurb Exchange comes in. It’s a brand, new members only, facebook group dedicated to authors supporting authors to write their blurb. You can either post your current blurb and request feedback or you can upload your short (or long) synopsis and ask someone else to have a go at writing it for you.
The only price is that you offer your feedback and advice to others, but not only will you help a fellow writer you’ll also get to practice writing blurbs, get tips and hone those silky sales skills!
So, if you’re struggling with yours head on over to The Blurb Exchange today.
Please help spread the word through the social media platform of your choice. The more members that sign up, the more successful the group will be.
So, it’s out with the old…And in with the shiny and new.
Welcome, welcome, come on in and have a good lurk around my new look website.
I’ve been such a busy little bee, updating the short story pages, adding a new page about my upcoming books, tinkering with layouts and backgrounds and general techy stuff.
There’s a little reading treat hidden in the about me page. I’m adding a new public service by trawling through cyber space to find top notch podcasts for your listening pleasure. Mostly writing related but don’t hold me to that because you know, accidents happen. I might call it Radio Wave Wednesdays but I’m fickle so I might not.
Previous visitors will know I used do a three word challenge, where visitors could submit three words and I would write a story including those words. As I’m now finding my groove and have lots of other projects on, I’m no longer able to commit to the challenge. I have few left to write from Goofy Ed, Shelli, and Will so I hope you’ll stick around for those.
For those of you that kindly follow me on Twitter you’ll notice my handle has changed to @alarcher80. Facebook wouldn’t let my change the name of my page so I’ve created a new one. You can find my social media links at the top of the page should you care to follow me – it would be very much appreciated!
Thanks so much for popping by, let me know what you think (and if you find any glitches!)
It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.– Ernest Hemingway