If you want to write, and think you will self-publish, read this post. You need to know the very large differences between self-publishing and vanity publishing, and avoid the latter like the plague if you don’t want to be parted from large amounts of your money for very little return.
It’s St Valentine’s Day tomorrow – 14th February – the day which has been colonised and commercialised by the hazy notion of romance. If you don’t spend, you don’t care, and if you’re not in a couple you’re nowhere and nothing. If you feel alone – even if you’re at the centre of a busy family – then the fuss around this one winter’s day can be overwhelming, making you feel worse than ever.
BUT…. turn it to your advantage! Make imagination your friend instead of your enemy, and write yourself out of those lonely feelings. Leap out of the round-and-round whirlpool of miserable feelings and leap into the limitless worlds of possibility in your imagination. Spend the day (which is, rather conveniently, a Sunday this year) writing furiously, inventing, exploring, what-iffing.
Use Valentine’s Day as a prompt, if you like. Write Mr Right… or Mr Wrong. Write your perfect romance, or the nightmare romance. Not everything that happens on 14th February is lovely – remember the St Valentine’s Day Massacre – Chicago 1929. How could murder happen on this most loving of days?
Use your feelings, feed them into your powerful imagination, and create something great with the force of love behind it. Wherever that takes you.
This year’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is almost half-way. How’s your magnum opus going? Keeping up to the 1,500 words per day you need to make the 50,000 mark by the end of the month?
At midnight on Hallowe’en, when non-writers were tricking or treating, writers were scribbling the first words of their new novel, fired up in a frenzy to make the deadline as a NaNo winner this year.
NaNoWriMo is free to use and full of great inspiration, tips, advice, bottom-kicking posts, and the best bit – writing buddies. They can be next door or the other side of the planet (this is now InterNaNo, really, with writers at it the world over, not just in USA), and are there to provide solace, encouragement and competition: nagging to stop you flagging and quibbling to keep you scribbling.
Have a look here . If you feel that it’s too late for you this year, but a big note in next year’s diary and get ready for NaNoWriMo 2016.
Or do you have your own support network and writing buddies to get you through the writing doldrums? Let me know what you do to beat the writer’s block blues.