May 12, 2014

Writer's Rebel Creed - May Check-In

Word Count            Submissions              Rejections        Acceptances

 6,000                          1                           0                        0

Improve your focus. Commit to the creed
Sometimes progress in writing has very little to do with word count or submissions. I haven't produced a lot of new material this month, but I was busy publishing a novella, so I'm not too concerned about my lack of production. The publishing side of things is so very different from the creative side. Since it was my first indie title, I had a learning curve to work through. Obviously, nothing insurmountable. My husband is fond of the saying, "If it was easy, everybody would be doing it." Well, it seems like everybody is self-publishing, so I knew it had to be (if not easy) doable. Tomorrow will be a week since I released the book. Don't miss the last week of my mini blog tour or your chance to win fun stuff. I'm working on edits for the second novella in the series. I tentatively plan to release it at the beginning of August.

I also got preliminary artwork for my Polar Opposites cover, so things are moving there too. The book, which is book 2 in my Super Villain Academy series, is supposed to release next month. I'm excited about that.

For those of you struggling to stay motivated, I'd like to share one of my most basic methods. I use it when I'm faced with doing things I don't like, such as editing or dusting. It is the "How do you eat an elephant?" method. The answer to that is, "One bite at a time." That's how I start, and then finish, less exciting responsibilities. I simply start--without looking at the entire scope--and work my way through, one bite at a time. I almost always finish sooner than I expect to. I told you it was a basic method. But sometimes we need to go back to basics to do the hard work.

What is your 'go to' method of motivation? What keeps you on track?






4 comments:

  1. Yay for your novella. Isn't it funny how we can be hard on ourselves when we aren't producing new work, yet we're slaving over things we've written? It's all writing, and we need to remember that. (And cut ourselves some slack. lol)

    Deadlines motivate me, so I set them for myself if I don't have one from my editor.

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  2. What a great tip, Kai! Love it. Congrats on getting the cover for POLAR OPPOSITES. Can't wait to see it!!!

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    1. Thanks, Mary. We are looking for a new guy to represent Set. Fingers crossed she can find just the right model.

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