Writing consistently is key to good writing. It’s like anything else, the more you do it the better you become. Writing is all about putting something on paper every day. It’s the hardest thing for a new writer to do.
Unless you are a full time writer your life is filled with so many distractions. Distractions that keep you away from your writing. You have to commit to the writing process every day. Even if it is just a few sentences, or a page, or two pages. Maybe it’s a number of words per day. The key is to set a goal and commit to it.
No-one can write for you. If you don’t do it, it simply doesn’t get done. You have to be willing to make the sacrifice every day to sit down and put something on paper. When I wrote Murder at Broadcast Park, (#Murder At Broadcast Park), I had to make sure I was writing something every day.
It might be a re-write, it might be editing. It might be a new chapter. When you are writing consistently your writing will become better. It will improve as you continue to do it. No excuses. You need to write every day if you are committed to being a writer.
It’s the hardest thing a writer must do. Write! No-one can do it for you. Every day commit to the process. There will be lots of distractions and you’ll develop your own reasons why you can’t write that day. Work through it. Sit down and write something.
Some writers set goals of a certain amount of words every day. Or maybe a chapter. The goal should be attainable. Don’t set unrealistic goals. This will be tough enough already. I like the word total. Whatever your goal is make it daily and follow through on it.
Book release events are extremely important as a new author. I just completed two different book release events. Here is what I learned.
First and foremost, speaking from experience, make sure your books show up in time for the event. I just hosted a book release in Great Falls, Montana and had trouble getting the books to the event. They were lost in shipping. If you are going to do a book release party you should make sure you have the books there.
Each time I learn how to improve on these events. It’s a great way to connect with your readers. It is even a better way to connect with new readers. The most important thing for a new author.
The key is to make sure you have manageable events. Hopefully, profitable events. And for sure, each event needs to be an artistic success.
What is a manageable event? You need to make sure your room is a good fit for your audience. The right size and the right feel. If you are going to serve beverages or food, make sure you have enough. This can get costly if you are picking up the tab to be careful.
In order for your event to be profitable you need to manage all your costs. That includes your travel to and from an event. Will the event create enough book sales to pay for the event? These are important elements that need to be figured out before you commit to the event.
What is an artistic success? I consider this one of the most important parts of a successful event. Once you commit to the event, regardless of how many people show up, you need an artistic success. Everyone who does show up you want them to have a great time. Feel good about your book. You want them to walk away having enjoyed themselves so they will tell others.
One way to show your event as an artistic success is to post a lot of pictures.
Get out there and remember you are your best promoter of your work.