Writerly Things…11/26/18 Five Signs that May Tell You You’re a Writer
- You Write!
This one’s a no brainer. However, you actually have to spend time writing, no pretend! What do I mean by that? Well, it’s when you spend all your energy talking about writing but not the actual doing. Plant yourself in that chair, fingers to keyboard, and get that storyline down! If you really want to be a writer, you have to put in the time.
- You Do the Research!
The library is your friend! Of course, there’s lots of information online as well from the less reliable Wikipedia to actual real sources like a town’s website. There are experts in their field that you can tweet or even call on the phone. Don’t be shy, everyone likes to talk about what they do for a living. Why not take advantage of that?
- You Study Your Craft!
I can’t tell you how many books I own on the craft of writing. I have one-and-a-half bookshelves dedicated to craft books. Not to mention, those I have on my Kindle! More and more of these books come out every year and there’s something new to learn or a refresher for what you already do.
- You Don’t Give Up!
It’s a long haul sometimes to become published. There are a lot of roadblocks. You keep on trying, no matter what because you’re passionate about what you do, and you want others to enjoy the stories you’ve come up with. I would caution here though: if you don’t love writing and yes, it can be rough sometimes, but if you honestly don’t enjoy what your writing then maybe this is not for you. Even in the hardest books to write, there has to be something to sustain you. Otherwise, it might not be worth it.
- Marketing has Become Your Best Friend!
Traditional or Indie, odds are that you’re going to have to do a lot of this. More than just the “Buy My Book” tweets or ads as well. No one wants to be spammed. Instead, try explaining a bit about your book. A snippet or two on social media every now and then. Promote others, it will help you in the end. Doing so, they may return the favor when your book’s ready. Don’t demand that they do so, however. If they can’t get behind something you’ve written, they might not be the best one to point out your story to others.
Of course, in reality, there’s more than five signs but this is just the tip of the iceberg! I’ve been rearranging and reorganizing things around my house. I hope to get things organized for the new year. I like when everything’s neat and tidy, it helps me to focus more on the writing. We’re at a pleasant fifty-six degrees today but a winter storm is headed our way soon. Sigh. I love the cold but hate the snow and driving in it. I have to make plans for surgery for my HS this week. I’ll most likely be down for Christmas but it’ll be nice to get my health under control, hopefully. How are your projects coming along? Have a great week, take care, and God bless!