Hello again 😀
I’ve been a very bad blogger the past few weeks, I know. I’m not even writing the next rough draft or contributing numbers to my first attempt at the NaNoWriMo thingy. 😦
I’m just not writing, period. Still reading tons, though!
I don’t know the reasons why I can’t bring myself to write, and I’m always hopeful that tomorrow will be the day when everything just falls into place, too.
Well, maybe I do and I’ve done too good a job of convincing myself otherwise, but I can’t be too certain that is even the case. I know what’s going on inside my head 24/7 and it has everything to do with this next story — the four-part fantasy thing I’ve actually been working on for the past two years but just never got around to doing anything about word-wise.
I found the article linked below a few days ago via Facebook and was actually determined to blog about it, and here it is three days later that I’ve finally found the time and inclination to do just that.
It comes via BestSellerLabs, titled 10 Key Questions That Can Determine Your Success As A Writer.
Seriously, when I first saw it on my feed, I was afraid to click on it but did, and then waited another ten minutes before finding the courage to look at the article, it was that scary for me.
Do I want to know the truth? Will this prove once and for all that I’m a wanna-be and not the real deal?
Discipline was never a strong suit and I rather like it that way, if you don’t mind. Never was and never will be a go-getter, stressed to the limit, gotta git ‘er done NOW type of personality.
So, here we are with the ten . . .
1. Do you employ the potency of your TRUE self? — power of the writer’s voice. Do I have uniqueness in my writing? Am I so far removed from the norm that it isn’t possible for anyone who bothers to read my work to not recognize it instantly as being mine and mine alone. Well, yeah!
That’s one for me.
2. Are you writing for a particular genre because it’s popular? — have I let myself slip into the comfy trap of writing what is popular, sells easily, or is all the rage right now? Um, no. Well, I believe my genre is quite popular based on the number of sales statistics that continue to surprise and boggle considering the amount of hater comments directed at same. Still, it isn’t because I am seeking fame that I choose to write contemporary romance so . . . no, I don’t do that, either.
That’s two for me.
3. Do you stick to a schedule? (Be honest.) — No, I don’t stick to any schedule because I don’t see the need. There have been weeks and even months where I’ve sat and stared at a blank Word page and not typed a single letter. Not even writer’s block moments, just . . . I know what I want to say but can’t think of the right words to say it. So, I just keep on thinking because it always happens that eventually, inevitably, the words are going to start to flow again and I’ll have written chapter upon chapter within a matter of days or weeks. How anyone is capable of doing that on a daily basis regardless is beyond me.
That’s zero for me.
4. Are you afraid of being judged? — now, based on the article author’s expertise, it is because of what I just said in #3 that this #4 occurs. I can’t write because I’m afraid of rejection. That I’m dwelling on the what if’s of my readership rather than concentrating on the next story. I’m not buying this for the simple reason that when I used to feel that way about letting others into my extremely personal world, I could write for weeks on end without coming up for air or food or even sleep. Now that I don’t give a damn what anyone thinks, I’m cursed with more blank pages than ever before.
That’s three for me.
5. Do you edit as you write? — argh. The article writer presumes this is yet another procrastination technique that will kill flow and creativity. Now, I’m not going to argue that he’s dead wrong because sometimes it is a clever way of avoiding that next scene (especially the crucial cliff-hanger areas), but I also go back to the previous chapter as a way to refresh my memory so that the following chapters are in line with the rest of the story. If I find a boo-boo along the way, oh well! Still, I must admit that writing cold turkey without looking back is a huge help and why I had hoped that NaNoWriMo would be just the thing to get this next novel up and running.
That’s zero for me.
6. Do you use a professional editor? — I’m a cheap-ass bastard and a loser for not being able to afford an editor who will go over my slip-shod crap and make it shine. Whoa is me. Not! I happen to possess an abundance of confidence in my ability to be grammatically correct 98% of the time. Oh dear.
That’s zero for me.
7. Do you write for a specific, easily identifiable genre? — Well, yeah. I was a little thrown off kilter by this one since I find it difficult to believe someone will just write something without a clue and expect to have it sell. Like, what, for example? A kind of science fiction memoir romance, with some suspense and dragons thrown in for effect?
That’s four for me.
8. Are you hoping for a bestseller with your first book? — I actually WISH my answer was yes. Honestly, I do. I sometimes wish I had that A-type rah-rah look at me! attitude that so many successful people possess. Perhaps the Catholic upbringing makes this impossible, who knows. To-date, I have sold 15 books online. Thrilled to bits, I assure you. Now, if he had asked do I hope to make a decent INCOME with my writing . . . well, then, yeah, damn skippy, I say!
That’s five for me.
9. Are you planning to just write and leave everything else to a publisher? — Ha, ha, ha. A what? Did he say Publisher? No. Definitely no. I still need heaps and loads of gumption to go that route, and as of today . . . the urge to submit is nowhere to be found. As for marketing my book, I’m working on it. I’m not as afraid or shy about this as I was just a few months ago. I’m putting myself out there and not caring where the chips fall, so it isn’t like I’m living a delusional existence in the world of books.
That’s six for me.
10. Do you know WHY you are writing? — Carpe Diem is the message here, and I can honestly say yes to this one. I write not only because I have to but because I want to. It is what I do best, it is not just a hobby, and it consumes a majority of my daily routine. As I already mentioned, even when I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing. I’ve been this way for decades and I don’t see it fading away or changing in this lifetime.
That’s seven out of ten for me. Not bad considering I went into this thing with the wrong attitude 😉
The article writer is a professional coach so I’m sure he’s an expert at knowing the in’s and out’s of the marketplace. His advice is helpful if not geared toward his end of the spectrum of things. It was worth reading and taking the time to figure out where I land in the top-ten.
What about you guys? Did you get ten out of ten, zero out of ten, or like me and land somewhere in the middle? Any pet peeves with this one? I’d love to hear from you and find out just how disciplined our line of work really expects us to be 😀
Thanks for taking the time to read, too!