Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I've Said It Before....

You may have heard the recent hubbub about authors paying someone to write excellent reviews for their books located on Amazon. While this is nothing new, it has become more blatantly obvious.

You can read a couple of blog posts on the topic at New WaveAuthors and on Nathan Bransford’s blog.

I’ve said it before and will say it again: Let your work speak for itself. Yes, marketing, promoting and all that jazz is important, but so is believing in your work. If you believed in your work and let it speak for itself, you wouldn’t have to pay anyone to write a bogus review.

I liken it to the unpopular kid at school bribing the other kids with candy so they will like him/her.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Slush Pile

Photo credit: Tamara Hanson

The slush pile! Scary words. Any author will tell you that they don't want their work languishing on the slush pile. It's not fun there. You know your story is crying to be heard, but it's voice is being muffled by all of the other manuscripts aching to be read.

How does a writer avoid the slush pile? Well, many will tell you to have a snappy dialogue, an interesting storyline, lovable characters, or a hard hitting first chapter that pulls the reader in within the first 8 seconds. Nothing says 'read me' like a 'grabby' first paragraph.

But, wait a minute! There are scads of books on the shelves that made it out of the slush pile and onto the book shelves and they, quite frankly, suck. Some of them are so poorly written, you feel like poking your eyes out. How in the world did this 'thing' get published?

I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done. --Steven Wright

My belief is that it comes down to believing in yourself as a writer and believing in the story you are telling. I have mentioned before that if you have no passion for your story, for your characters, then your readers will pick up on it.

In the same breath, if you have no faith in yourself as a writer or believe that you can't write something that people want to read, than potential readers will pick up on that too. If you don't love what you do, it will show.

"Love is easy, and I love writing. You can't resist love. You get an idea, someone says something, and you're in love." --Ray Bradbury

What do you do? Start believing in yourself as a writer. Begin to tell yourself that you are an amazing writer and that people love your work. Start believing it. Start falling in love with your writing, your characters, and your story.
Seeing as everything is vibration (thoughts, words, actions, people, everything!), then set your vibration to one of believing in yourself and your writing.
How do you think those crappy books got on the bookshelves? The writer believed in their work, believed in their story, and fell in love with it. They were in love with their work and felt the readers should be too. And, guess what? That poorly written novel is now a bestseller.
Food for thought.

Keep on writing! 

Sunday, August 5, 2012

30 Day Writing Challenge

Many of us have a hard time sitting down to write due to many of life's distractions: the dog needs to be petted, the cat needs your leg as a scratching post, the kids are always hungry, and those dishes won't do themselves. Add this to the fact that your boss is on your back about doing some work, and there's no time for writing.

The truth of the matter is, if we want to write that book, essay, poem, article...whatever, we have to plant our butt in the chair and do it. We have to commit to ourselves that this is more important than the dishes.

Decide here and now that you will write everyday for 30 days. Then from there, decide that you will write for an hour or two, or you will write 500, 1000 words. Do whatever is doable for you. Not only will you create a habit of writing everyday, but you will have written something!

Now, you might say, what if I can't think of anything to write?

What I do when I am blocked and can't think of anything to say, I start writing about how I can't think of anything to say and that anything I put on paper is crap. This works like a charm. It clears out all the garbage and gets the writing process flowing.

As a writer, it's important to commit yourself to your writing. For me, writing is very important and it's time I treated it the way it should be a priceless gem. Good luck to you!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Too Lazy Today

Because I am lazy today, I am posting this "ha-ha" and a little writing inspiration to kick-start your weekend.

Love. Fall in love and stay in love. Write only what you love, and love what you write. The key word is love. You have to get up in the morning and write something you love, something to live for. – Ray Bradbury

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart. – Maya Angelou