|The Long Road Ahead. Can't wait to see where this goes. That's the dam between Quincy and Wenatchee, in gorgeous Eastern Washington.|
2015 was a great year. I got two shorts out, both of them exceeded expectations, and one did well enough to make it into Amazon's recommended reading for a little while. It's a trip when friends are sending you Amazon newsletter and your title is in it. 2015, after so many years of trying, was the first year I really learned that I could succeed as a writer.
I also learned that I could teach writing, leading one person from idea to execution to marketing and publishing. Truthfully, that was a scary moment; realizing that I'd come far enough on this journey to pass on what I've learned. If Ring of Asarra confirmed that I could make it as a writer, watching a friend succeed using advice showed me that I belonged here.
2015 wasn't without its perils, though. I was woefully out of balance, pushing myself in one direction or another with such reckless abandon that I either crashed or became apathetic. I lost entire weeks because I was too burned out or simply didn't care about the story, which had stymied me into oblivion.
So after reading one of my mentor's blog posts on how she plans to approach the year, I figured I'd outline my own path to success for the coming year. Because, for the first time in my life, I can see the top of the mountain.
1). Write Every Day
This is such a hot-button issue and there are valid points to both sides of the argument. Writing every day keeps me immersed in the story, staves off writers block, and makes it so much easier to transition from scene to scene. So my daily goal is between one and two thousand words in whatever world I'm in, seven days per week.
2). Don't Beat Myself Up For Not Writing Every Day
Realistically speaking I will not be able to put out that many words, every single day, all year. When I've tried and failed, I've basically beat myself up into exile from the world I was living in, making me a foreigner when I return. So I'm telling myself that it will be okay to take the occasional day off. So long as it doesn't become a habit.
|My relentless, unyielding, unforgiving whiteboard. It won't let me take too much time off.|
But one of the best things about looking out for your physical health is it keeps your mind incredibly sharp, no matter your age. Exercising regularly not only keeps my diabetes in check, it means I spend a lot less time fatigued. I sleep better. I remember things better. I can push, physically and mentally, longer than some people who're younger than I am.
Staying in shape makes me a better thinker and a better writer. There are no downsides to this.
|Plus it improves my form. I hope my old Kwan Jan Nim is proud.|
But I found that when I moderate myself, maybe devote one hour a day to gaming, one hour to working out, a couple of hours for writing and business, and knowing when to throttle back on each, I wrote almost thirty thousand publishable words in three weeks.
-Building The Email List
Everyone who ever said building an email list was integral to indie success was right. I have a smattering of followers now, but I'd like to quadruple those numbers at least by years end.
Still new on this platform, not sure what to think of it yet.
Seriously, how do people do this?! I know absolutely nothing of Photoshop. I don't even have the program.