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Author Tweets of the Week (9-29)

It’s been over a month since we’ve enjoyed the beloved Author Tweets of the Week together. Sorry about the long break in this series!

 

 

This is a great place to start. There is no better time to write than right now. Remember to write today friends!

 

 

Great advice from Nora Roberts, and thank you @RyderHClancy for sharing. If you don’t write it, you have nothing. There’s nothing to edit. Even if what you’ve written is garbage, it’s still better than a blank page. Keep writing!

 

 

Speaking of editing, I thought this graphic from @byMorganWright was on the nose. Writing a book, or a story, or an essay never goes as planned, does it? It always feels like it will, but it rarely (if ever) does. Finishing any writing project takes perseverance. As my father used to say, it takes sticktuitiveness. It’s not going to be smooth sailing, it won’t be a perfectly paved path, so be patient and persevere. You’ll get there! You’ll finish the project you’re working on! Keep up the hard work!

 

 

There’s at least 60-some of you that are excited about my upcoming book on creative writing. I’m excited too! I’m hoping it will be available for preorder in the next 2-3 weeks. Send me an email if you want more info. Keep your eye out for the release soon. I think you’ll love it. Early drafts have received really great feedback. People are saying it’s inspirational and very helpful for writers. Can’t wait to share it with you and hear your thoughts!

 

 

I don’t even have much to say on this one. It speaks for itself. Have truer words ever been spoken?

 

 

Love this. Writing is one of the only professions you can simply become just by doing it. You can become a writer just by sitting down and writing. You can become an artist just by creating art. I’m an attorney. I couldn’t just say I’m an attorney now and start practicing law. I also have an engineering background. I couldn’t just say, “Hey guys, I’m an engineer now!” and start soldering away on circuits.

But guess what? You can do that with writing. Isn’t it great? The only thing stopping you from being a writer today is you. Don’t get in your own way.

 

 

Have you noticed a theme today? Write! Practice writing!

 

 

I loved this. Made me chuckle. @byMorganWright making the Author Tweets of the Week twice this week. Well done!

 

 

Love this tweet from NBA star Andre Drummond. Take time to appreciate who you are and how far you’ve come. Smile today. Smile at yourself. You deserve it.

You work hard friends. Be proud of yourself! I’m proud of you!

 

Happy writing! Be kind to each other. Have a good weekend.

 

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Author Tweets of the Week (7-14)

 

I apologize for the sporadic content, friends. July and August are always a little slow. We won’t have anything next week, but good news! We have Tweets of the Week!

 

https://twitter.com/crassusmedia/status/885076382837080065

For those of you that subscribe to Nothing Any Good, you received this quote as part of a personal email I sent out to all my subscribers. If you don’t subscribe, why not? Wha are you waiting for?

 

https://twitter.com/SheaSerrano/status/880157816434159616

Truth.

 

 

I liked this a lot. Thanks for sharing @JamesLeeSchmidt. Become intimately familiar with the eraser friends. Learn how to wield it well and it will become your greatest tool as an author.

 

 

I don’t think I would actually enjoy this restaurant, but I love the idea. It’s a pretty cool picture too.

 

https://twitter.com/BrianOMarra/status/885128038089994241

Don’t wait. Just write. Don’t wait for that inspiration. If you do, you’ll find yourself writing very infrequently. If you want to be an author, you have to go take it, not wait for it to happen to you.

 

 

Remember this each and every day. Remind yourself of this constantly. Say these words out loud.

 

Amen! Let’s go friends! Let’s be foolish.

 

Happy writing! Be kind! Have a good weekend.

 

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8 Tips on How to Overcome Writer’s Block

We have all experienced it; the dreadful feeling of staring at a blank page wondering if you’ll ever be able to come up with anything new again.  You were on a roll once, but now, even coming up with a coherent sentence is a daunting task.

It gets grimmer with each passing second, and terrifying with each passing minute.  If you are superstitious, you may even feel cursed, having to deliver the essay, article, or book on time, while doomsday draws closer.

If you are experiencing this, have no fear. Below are 8 proven ways you can overcome writer’s block.

 

Tips for Writer's Block

1. Go for a nature walk

Science has recently begun proving that going for a walk in the park or woods has a calming effect. People living in natural environments have lower levels of stress hormones.

2. Write at a different place

Colors affect our moods. When you need to get in the mood to write, working in a new environment may bring new ideas.

3. Recite motivational quotes

If you aren’t an avid reader, recite your favorite quotes over and over again. Quotations are short, insightful, and full of inspiration.  A book may take an hour or two to lift you up, but an affirmation only takes seconds.

4. Go for a jog

Stack up the endorphins. Replace stress, fear, and anxiety with happy hormones.  Exercising also boosts you psychologically.

5. Meditation/Prayer

Whether you are religious or not, prayer and meditation have been proven to have healing effects. Releasing your fears to a higher power is one of the simplest proven ways of lightening your burdens, especially if you don’t have anyone you can trust.

6. Mentorship

Professional athletes, celebrities, entertainers, and business executives will be the first to tell you that having a mentor or trainer goes a long way toward helping you accomplish your goals. A life coach, for example, is trained to help you overcome your fear of failure so that you can achieve your dreams.

7. Work on something else

Sometimes all you need to do when you are stuck is work on a different project. When you return to it your mind will be fresh, full of new ideas.

8. Face Your Fears

The majority of fear’s strength comes from making itself out to look larger than it is. When you face your fears, you take away their power; they become weaker, and you become stronger.

 

 

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About the Author

Matshona Dhliwayo is a Canadian based Philosopher, Entrepreneur, and author of books such as The Little Book of Inspiration, Creativity, The Book, 50 Lessons Every Wise Mother Teaches Her Son, 100 Lessons Every Great Man Wants You to Know, and Lalibela’s Wise Man. You can find all of his books available at Amazon.

 

 

 

 

Ten Tips to Being an Author

10 Tips to Being an Author

 

My name is Andrew Joyce and I write books for a living. I’ve seen the publishing business from both sides—with a big-time agent and as an Indie author. So, if you would allow me, I’d like to impart the little bit of wisdom that I have learned along the way.

In this day and age, being an author consists of three things: (1) Writing, (2) Editing, and (3) Marketing. Here are my Ten Tips to Being an Author.

 

1. Traditional publishing doesn’t save you from the marketing slog.

If you want an agent, then by all means send out query letters. But keep in mind that if you snag an agent and he or she gets you a deal with a publishing house (big or small), you will have to do your own marketing. And be careful of small publishing houses and signing away your rights. I believe Indie is the best way to go. It could take a year or more to find an agent—if ever. In that time you could have published and be selling books. The Martian started out as an Indie book and they made a movie out of it!

 

2. Read. A lot.

Read, read . . . and then read some more. Read everything you can get your hands on! Reading to a writer is as medical school is to a doctor, as physical training is to an athlete, as breathing is to life. I would suggest reading Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and, of course, Steinbeck, to name but a few. Think of it as taking a writing class.

 

Reading to a writer is like med school to a doctor, like physical training to an athlete, like breathing to life.Click To Tweet

 

3. Do your research. 

Whether it’s guns, historical figures, or women’s undergarments of the 19th century—know what you are talking about.

 

4. Write.

That seems obvious, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve run into people working on their first book who are obsessing over the cover or the title before they’ve written three chapters. You have to have a fire in your belly to tell your story. Anything else and you’re just playing at being an author.

 

5. Edit. Edit yourself and hire an editor.

Once you’ve written your book and you’re happy with your story, it’s time to tighten it up and edit it. It will be hard, but you’ll have to edit out some of your genius words, phrases, and sentences. Sometimes even whole paragraphs. When I start the editing process, I’ll go through the book at least four times changing things, rewriting things, moving things around, doing whatever it takes to make my story more readable before I call in my editor. This is very important: An author CANNOT edit his or her own work. Yes, you make changes throughout the editing process, but you can read your manuscript a thousand times and not see an egregious error that your editor will see on the first read-through.

 

6. Don’t be in a rush to publish. Edit some more.

If you can’t afford a professional editor, ask friends and family to help out. Find beta readers online. Get all the help you can. Remember this: The more eyes that read your manuscript, the better. Everyone sees things differently. On subsequent go-rounds, you’ll find that you and your editor will see things that you both had missed. If possible, you want people that will stick with you through the multiple passes of your manuscript that real editing demands. I make every correction when a mistake is pointed out, and I take about 75% of the material revisions (style, flow, etc.) suggested by my editors. When all is said and done, I have gone through my manuscript (making changes) at least twenty times and my editors half that many times. But you, as the author, have the last say. You have to sign off on the final version. The biggest complaint about Indie books is that they are poorly edited. Do not be in a rush to get your book up on Amazon—do it right.

 

Do not be in a rush to get your book up on Amazon—do it right. #ameditingClick To Tweet

 

7. You need to market your book.

Now the real fun begins (I’m being facetious), the marketing. I do not know of one author that likes this stage of the game. We all hate it with a passion. But it has to be done. Different things work for different people. If you research this subject online, some sites will tell you that social media is the most important. Others will tell you that reviews are important (which is true). You can advertise, but you’ll probably never see a return on your investment. You can run specials, dropping your price to $0.99 and you’ll see sales. At $0.99 (royalty $0.34), you still won’t make money, but your sales ranking will go up and you’ll get a few reviews. You’ll have to advertise these sales. There are places that will send out an email to their subscribers for as little as $40.00. I usually sell a few hundred books going that route. Choosey Bookworm and Book Gorilla are two of them. You can find more by doing a little research.

 

8. Contact book bloggers. 

There are many lists of bloggers online. The Indie View has a excellent, extensive list. Ask to write a guest post or do an interview instead of asking for a book review. That will make you stand out because book bloggers are inundated daily with requests for reviews. Do your homework. Find their name on their blog and address your request using their first name. Read their “Review Policies” even though you are not requesting a review. You’ll learn if they will host a guest post and what genres they are interested in. It’s hard work; that’s why we all hate marketing. For my first book, I sent out 3,000 requests. Got 300 responses. And ended up selling 7,000 books and getting about 100 reviews just from those 300 guest posts.

 

9. Get reviews!

Reviews are very, very important. Do whatever you can to get them, short of paying for them. Amazon does not allow paid reviews. If you want family and friends to review your book, ask them to buy it—a “Verified Purchase” review carries more weight.

 

10. Write some more.

After you do all of the above, sit down and write another book. The creating is where the real joy and satisfaction of the writing process comes from.

 

 

Andrew Joyce Author

About the Author:

Andrew Joyce left high school at seventeen to hitchhike throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. He wouldn’t return from his journey until decades later when he decided to become a writer. Joyce has written four books, including a two-volume collection of one hundred and forty short stories comprised of his hitching adventures called Bedtime Stories for Grown-Ups (as yet unpublished), and his latest novel, Yellow Hair. He now lives aboard a boat in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with his dog, Danny, where he is busy working on his next book, tentatively entitled, Mick Reilly.

 

 

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