My Goal: Finish revising my friggin’ book already!
The road to my goal: 250-500 words on workdays and 500-1000 on my days off.
The sometimes detour when I get stuck: Plot the next book.
The quick version is I got zero writing done. Read on for the explanation.
Not the break I thought it was going to be. I envisioned a week full of more productivity than ever. Instead it was full of thinking. And no writing. Why? Well, I try to be continuing education guy and while checking in on my fellow ROW80ers, I wandered to some other blogs. In particular, Friday’s post on Kristen Lamb’s blog, Time Management for Writers-Getting More Done in Less Time, spoke to me.
Since this is a ROW80 update, I’m not going heavy into the details of the post (Highly recommend checking it out.) except to talk about a book she referenced called Eat That Frog! 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time. The title comes from the idea of doing the hardest task FIRST (AKA the one you procrastinate on.) and the positive impact it has on your life. I respect Kristen’s opinion and after reading her post, I added to cart.
But there was another surprise waiting for me in the comments by Kait.
She’s HIGHLY organized, (As if we didn’t know this.) but she used to be a pantser. Then she discovered Larry Brooks and ” . . . this man CHANGED MY WRITING LIFE.” She and Susan clued me in to his storyfix blog (Another high rec.) and I’ve been loving it. Why then wouldn’t I have bought his handy dandy book Story Engineering, which breaks down exactly how to design a successful story? You got me, but the one two punch of Kristen followed by Kait’s comment (This is why Kait’s the shiznit.) got me wanting both books.
So that’s where I’m at. I just got the books in the mail yesterday and I’ll be diving into them while getting back on the writing horse.
And since this post was mostly recs, I’m thinking of turning this into my Wednesday thing. Mandatory Reads. Stuff I read, that I demand you read too. Seriously, I won’t steer you wrong in your continuing writerly ed. Enjoy!
First mandatory read is from Jami Gold called “What’s Your Book About?” Here she’s discussing the all important tagline or blurb that sells your book. Those few sentences will have a huge impact on how readers perceive your book and she warns against misleading them. She invites readers to read her blurb and tell her what they think her book is about and offers up the same for anyone feeling brave. Relax, Jami’s gentle.
If you have any doubts about finding an audience for your book, then I demand you read Writing to a Niche by Susan Bischoff. She’s not asking you to reinvent the wheel, but to find what makes your story unique and embrace it. Her success in dolly dress making irrefutably proves her point. Don’t try to argue. Do as she says.
Last mandatory read is a very thoughtful one by Ellie Soderstrom called Ellie Ann Battles Sex, Violence and Rock n Roll. When it comes to young readers, where is the line for sex and violence? An important question for any YA author and Ellie’s answer is quite the brain churner.
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