50,000 page views is just around the corner. I am sitting here reflecting and wondering where to now with Love versus Goliath. We’ve come a long way and the book is coming along. Maybe not as fast as I’d like, but I have a full-time job and a large family. There are only so many hours in the day and strangely enough I like to sleep for at least a few hours out of 24.
I’m now gleaning writing tips from anywhere I can. Thank you to our readers who gave me links to some very valuable resources! I try to spend Sunday mornings writing and aim to get 3,000 words done. This isn’t as little as it sounds, as my writing is more about revising, editing and expanding much of this website text, which runs in at well over 100,000 words. I am not starting from scratch. I have the characters, but I have to paint them on paper to our audience. The plot is factual, I don’t have to make it up, but I do have to construct how I relate those facts.
I have learnt that authors need to have a social media presence: thankfully Kristen Lamb says a web site and Twitter are sufficient (see the comments)! Just as well, because as much as I probably shouldn’t say this and I am sure Raincoaster will chastise me, I find some other social media platforms VERY HARD WORK! Is that an age-related perspective, or just because there are not enough hours in the day? I thought Google+ might be a more mature platform than Facebook (the people, not the technology) but I am yet to be convinced!
Perhaps I should do a writing course or two, but where on earth am I going to find the time? Not to mention courses aren’t the cheapest investments! I need to write the book in order to pay for the courses, but I need the courses to write the book. Is that a chicken and the egg situation or a Catch-22?
I don’t remember my English classes from many years ago – I am no longer sure of the punctuation rules around writing dialogue. Not a lot of dialogue in the technical manuals I usually write. Not a lot of emotion either! Does the “?” go inside or outside the quotation marks? Then I see Scribbla use italics instead of quotation marks. Have the rules changed?
Where do I put pictures? I remember reading biographies with a clutch of photos in the middle of the book. I don’t like that. What pictures should I include?
Then there is the question of sex. Our children will read this book. Other children might too. Do I stick to alluding to romantic interludes or try the Mills & Boon approach? Come to think of it, have I ever even read a Mills & Boon publication?
I read lots of “stuff” about the changing landscape in the publishing world. “Indie” gets thrown around a lot, there is “traditional”, self-publishing and endless discussions about which is the “best” way to go. Heavens, I haven’t finished writing yet! I’m shelving that concern until later!
A particular government body read 41 articles of mine today, which makes me curious. Perhaps I’m still a little paranoid!
Where to from here? I’m not sure, but I’m staying. A comment the other day said: “Hi Robyn, I’m really impressed with all this. You make such a difference for people. Keep sharing your thoughts as you encourage others not to lose hope.” This was from a professional I highly respect. That comment alone is enough motivation to continue. I don’t know what future articles will bring. Sometimes we will be serious, sometimes silly, sometimes fun. Hopefully we will continue to make that difference and give people hope.