James Crawford has great advice, as usual. And not for the first time, neither.
So pay attention this go-round, willya? I’m reblogging this from his excellent blog.
Maybe even check out his scary book, maybe?
- You can’t write with the expectation of fame or monetary gain.
- Your emotional state can profoundly impact your work.
- Your emotional state can profoundly change your ability to work.
- Writers do not stop writing, much like Coders do not stop coding. It is a discipline, an art, and a constant presence in our consciousness.
- Peers and friends who write are some of the best resources you have. Reach out to them. This is one of the things that social media is for, and excels at.
- Don’t know what to write? Pick up and old idea, toss it with another genre, and use it as an exercise. You might come up with something astounding. You might make useful garbage.
- Having trouble writing, reach out to a peer and start a game of Exquisite Corpse.
- Know of a coffee shop or restaurant in your area that has a bookshelf for customers? Tell the host/hostess that you’d like to bring in a signed copy of your book and leave it for the customers. Follow through on it. I just did this last night, and they were thrilled to have a local author around.
- Trade reviews with other authors, and use them as content on your website. This generates traffic for both of you.
- That rule also applies to interviews. Have you met my Illustrious Peeps? There will be more in the near future.
- If you have a copy of your book on your person (don’t leave home without it), and someone expresses interest in it, give it to them and sign it. Why? They will tell their friends about it, and might share it with them. Expand your audience.
- Provide emotional support to other authors who need it. Why? You hurt too. Compassion goes a long way.
- Appreciate your spouse/significant other/partner until you’re blue in the face. Chances are, he, or she, does not get what we do, but accepts it because they love you.
That’s all for now.