Ever wondered what it’s like to be a writer? I’m learning lots about the whole process, but there’s a joke that goes around that says something to the effect of a writer will clean your whole house to avoid editing.
I don’t know about that, but I will putter and potter away at a cupboard improvement project, like the above. It’s part of my “Make the Best of Things” overhaul, but since this happened while I was anxiously awaiting a copy of “The Moose, the Murder, and the Single Malt” to proof, I’m counting it as a bored writer’s project.
Honestly, I could start a cleaning service!
The Write Work
There are a lot of final details to tend to at this stage of the writing process.
Top tip: Do read the proof copy, carefully. Some stuff will end up where you don’t want it during the formatting stage, so make sure everything looks its best. In fact, I suggest starting with your formatting already set up as much as possible, way fewer headaches down the line. Take pride in your product. Once I finish this stage, my ‘bookling’ will be off to the printers. I’ve got the fizz chilling already.
The other part of it is marketing. It’s an eye-opener the first time around. I don’t say that I pretty much assumed that most people would discover my book on Amazon, but I didn’t give a lot of thought to what it meant to have to advertise across so many mediums. You’ll have noticed that I’ve refreshed things around here, and it’s early days yet because I’m still creating content for this new website. On the upside, the next book will come together a lot more smoothly, just because I’ll have done a lot of the formatting and other legwork once before.
By the way, pop on over to the Shout Outs page and take a peek at some of the wonderful people who helped me find my way here!
The Write Life
Some people seem to feel that they have to eat, sleep, and breathe their creative process. They become absentee family members, or friends you never bother inviting out anymore because they just never say ‘Yes.’ Is their product any better for it? I can’t answer that, it’s really in the eye of the beholder. Everyone is different.
“There are as many ways to live as there are people on earth.”
~ Ole Golly, reported by Harriet the Spy
Personally, I’m a fan of boundaries and office hours. I want it all. I want to write my books, and enjoy all of the living of life at the same time. So that’s the way I arrange my days. I keep my evenings and weekends free for non-writerly pursuits. I even take Wednesday afternoons off, just because I’m the boss and I can do things like that. A girl’s got to do what works for her. I believe my characters and stories are all the richer for my experiences. I never know when or where I might bump into the inspiration for my next character, it’s rather like a treasure hunt.
The bottom line is that writing can be a lot of fun. There’s a lot to learn once you get to the publishing stage, but don’t let that stop you. Just keep a positive perspective about it, write for the sheer pleasure of crafting a tale out of your imagination, and always do your best.
Because when you always do your best, your best will keep getting better.