Monday, November 16, 2020

The Effect of Little Sales on Future Work

One common phrase that is often said to authors is “write to market”. The idea behind this is to do research into a genre, figure out the tropes, figure out a little bit of a spin, get the work completed and edited quickly, and put a professional cover on it. Then go ahead and post it on the marketing websites and things will take off! However, that’s not always the case. In addition, it may feel difficult or boring to try and write to a genre you don’t care about. So authors may take a more fulfilling route: Writing what their heart desires. In this route, you may not be able to make your investment back.

This can lead to a frustrating cycle of pouring in lots of money into a pit. That’s correct, authors can dig themselves money pits. When confronted with such a pit, authors are told to simply: write more. If you keep trying and keep paddling, eventually you may make it to shore. The problem I’ve found is that when one effort doesn’t work, a person isn’t motivated to try it again. That can lead to a depression in the creative outlet. I think there is a balance to be achieved. This is where an author can get minimal sales, but still be excited about upcoming work. It’s the place where I am at currently.

Build marketing channels that may work, while also building books that may work. The idea behind this is that you don’t put all your emotional eggs in one basket. Instead of just saying you failed at writing and get depressed, you have another horse to bet on. You can also look into that new marketing channel and see how you can sell you book. If you are constantly balancing these two acts of creation, then even minor sales don’t seem so bad. After all, each time you get a little better in either approach, you see the result immediately. This is an iterative process where you keep getting better slowly over time.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Using NaNoWriMo to Build a Vacation Mind

I know the point of NaNoWriMo is to not only build a daily writing habit, but to built a book. The hope is that after 30 days of trying to write quickly that you’ll have something. I am trying it again, because I just can’t seem to get into a regular routine with writing. It’s been a quick thing to get out of the way and I don’t want that. I want the writing habit to be more of a vacation, if that makes sense. I think part of the problem is that I don’t have a great way to get started on all this. If I knew I was going to work through a particular chapter per day, that would be helpful, but right now, it feels like I need to take a lot of time to get to that place. It’s the cold water problem, and I wonder if I am going to suffer from it my entire life. The cold water problem being you don’t want to dive in, because the water is cold. Once you swim a little, you get used to the water temperature and have fun.

I think the very first thing I need to do is to setup a regular timing. I then need to figure out enough to prepare and make it easy to launch into the next chunk. So perhaps, make sure the next chapter is outlined, and then also include some inspiration. Two kinds of inspiration: Raw inspiration that isn’t as structured. Inspiration that is focused on the book. I need a way to think of these as a boarding pass to the vacation. Maybe like a digital cruise card? Going back on the ship of writing.


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