Another ramble about more stuff: Birthdays, NaNoWriMo, and Silk Flower Goodbye
It turns out you CAN have too much of a good thing.
There's a rather prevalent idea in the writer community that you need to write every day - and that if you don't write every day you're not a "real writer". I used to believe that. I don't anymore. I understand it, in principle. Making writing a habit means that you don't waste time waiting for … Continue reading Let’s Talk about Rest, Baby
Welcome to Part 3 of “My Stories Under the Microscope” or “MSUM”, where I run 13 of my short stories through Hemingway and take a closer look at the results. This time it’s all about the passive voice. First, let's have a (maybe not so quick) refresher. If you don't need a refresher, feel free to … Continue reading MSUM Part 3 – Passing on the Passive Voice
Friends, thank you for supporting me through the craziness that was July. I managed to reach my goal of 100 poems for my not-so-secret project, and I wouldn't have been able to do it without your help. There's a lot of work still to be done on it, but in the meantime... We have a … Continue reading Title and Cover Reveal!
Discussing goals with my local writing group on Sunday, I mentioned that I would need to write 42 poems in 9 days (approximately 5 a day) to reach my goal for July. That statement was met with the question "how?" (Well, not exactly, but that was the gist of it - I've paraphrased for clarity.) … Continue reading Can You Speed-Write Poetry?
This post was intended (but not yet written) for last week. Life, however, decide that we had not had enough lemons, and Mr Sage ended up in hospital, where he has been for the last week. (He's home now, and doing much better). On 8 July, I had a moment of bravery/temporary insanity, in which … Continue reading The Mid-July Report
Some valuable lessons and words of wisdom here.
And if you like fantasy and haven’t already purchased Mr Stay’s very fine novel, The End of Magic, might I suggest that you do so posthaste. It really is an absolutely cracking read!
We had a pivotal episode of the Bestseller Experiment podcast this week. We finally revealed if we made our target of ten thousand copies sold of Back To Reality by the end of Glastonbury weekend. You can listen here…
It’s not much of a spoiler to say that we didn’t make it. However, if failure is a teacher then we learned an awful lot. Here were the big lessons for me…
- Write a series – It’s much more difficult to sell a standalone book using advertising tools (Amazon Merchandising Services, Facebook Ads, Bookbub, Publisher Rocket) that are best designed to sell more than one product. So guess what I’m writing next…?
- Not being able to use AMS in the UK hurt our chances of success. Yes, I know some authors have managed to use loopholes to run ads in the UK…
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I'm in control. I can change my mind, change the rules, change my project, change my goals. And that's brilliant because I've been feeling conflicted, uneasy about my project(s) for Camp. Even before Camp started. Because the plan was based on the fact that I have two projects bumping around in my brain space. I … Continue reading The Best Part of Camp(NaNo)
CampNaNoWriMo starts tomorrow! (It's not too late to sign up, if this is your kind of thing!) Mr Sage and I met with our local writing group this afternoon for the pre-Camp kickoff party, where we indulged in various refreshments, caught up on what we've been doing since the last Camp, and set our goals … Continue reading Diving In