Tuesday, October 23, 2018

My writing and a personal update



I can’t believe it, but I am at the self-editing stage. I’ve been reading a lot of Dean Wesley Smith’s blog posts, especially the Killing The Sacred Cows posts (it deals with writing myths, not actual killings of cows). Basically, he doesn’t believe in rewriting, and many others, which I can relate to. He explains why in a lot of detail and I agree. It is how I always felt, but knew I had to rewrite the same book over and over in the hopes that I make it better, but I rarely do, because that is what all the experts say. Aside for fixing spelling and grammar, you leave your work as is. Of course you still focus on keeping the quality high. You only get better through practice, and thus, writing more books. 

I’ve also been reading a lot of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s blog posts, and she gives a lot of help with the writing business and writing. She is equally as brilliant. She also has a very refreshing attitude and she doesn’t believe in rewriting either. Of course she is Dean Wesley Smith’s wife, but they are both best sellers in their own rights, and have published well over a hundred books each. They are both traditionally and indie published. So they know what they are talking about. And both are advocates of shaping your own writing career and following your own path. You can’t follow the path of someone else and expect the same results. So their work has drastically changed my attitude and my approaches to writing. It connected with a lot of things I always felt, and reminded me of the person I had been when I had started writing, before reading all those free advice and tips.

I still find myself reading lots of how-to articles on writing and reading tons of advice on what others say you must do to be successful. I have followed those tips, especially on marketing and it had me so overwhelmed that I hadn’t written in month intervals over the past few years. I was in constant panic. But both above mentioned authors believe that writing more books helps you more than constantly marketing. I agree with that too. But it is just so refreshing that two professionals actually spoke out and turn most writing books and advice on its heads. It goes against what most writing books (not all) tell you to do.

On a personal level
My brother is busy adding an addition on our existing house, which basically means that our home will be divided into two separate dwellings. But it has been chaos, living with the dust and noise, hence why I’ve been gone for a while. Also, I’ve been plagued with a lot of migraines, even before the renovations begun. But at least I had started the self-editing. I have been doing yoga regularly and it has helped me feel better and minimize my pain, as well as help with my depression (I’m still on my medication). I’m not doing yoga everyday yet, which is what I should be doing. But at the moment that is good enough for me.

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I’m also still working for my sister in her artisanal food/ baking business. It is going well. I can’t believe how much my experience from the business side of being an Indie author has come in handy. I do our marketing, branding, and handle our social media presence. Not to mention that I help my sister out in the kitchen. Nothing fancy of course. My jobs include simple things like measuring the ingredients, or lining the baking tins, or making recipes under my sister’s supervision.

We will be celebrating our first year in business this coming November, which is cool. The business is growing fast, which is always great. It keeps me plenty busy, and has long hours. But it is stimulating, and more importantly, it provides me with an income, which helps with my medical bills. It also provides me with a lot of stability, while I try and publish more books, and work on creating a larger body of work. Because I haven’t sold a book in years, and that is what happens when you only have one book in your inventory.

Let me know what is new with you.

18 comments :

  1. One year in business - that's great!
    I've always heard the best way to market is to write more books. Which is a bit stressful to those of us who are slow writers. I've only rewritten my first book, but that's because there was almost a thirty year difference between the first and second draft. It needed a rewrite.

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    1. Thanks, Alex😉. Wow, you don't rewrite over and over either? Wow. I'm mad that i did for so many years now. Good for you.

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  2. I need to get back to my yoga. The mat sits in the corner glaring at me every day.

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  3. Hi Murees - well done to your sister and you ... and then your brother putting the work in on the house. It's doing what suits you and helps you ... and you're working your way through while also continuing on with your edits etc ... well done - cheers Hilary

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  4. I never realized how helpful yoga could be for pain. I wonder if there is a yoga pose for aching feet?

    Congrats on the business. And good luck getting another book out. I'll have to check out those blogs. I'm always eager to learn something new.

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    1. Thank you. Yoga with Adriene on Youtube is really good. She does have yoga for a lot of things. I really enjoy her way of teaching.

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  5. Glad to hear things are going well! I keep saying I'm going to start doing yoga, but I never do. Sigh.

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    1. Thank you. Yeah, the construction had me stop. And it is hard to start again.

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  6. So good to hear from you! You're doing the most important writing related thing right now - and that's finding out what works for YOU! We're all individuals and nothing works the same for all of us. So keep on and soon you'll be rocking it. How cool to be involved with your sister's bakery. She's helping you, and you're helping her. Win/Win :)

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    1. Thank you, Carol. It is a win/ win, which is great. I do find it hard to do what best works for me, when a lot of experts say I'm wrong. But it does feel good to do my own thing.

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  7. I answered your email. The baked goods look delicious.

    Love,
    Janie

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  8. I may have to check out the sacred cows posts. I'm curious as to the details because my initial reaction was "WHAT?!? THAT WILL NEVER WORK!" And congrats on reaching the self-editing stage. I hope to join you there in December. Or January.

    I keep saying that I'm going to go back to doing yoga every day—I really did feel better (mentally and physically) when I was in the habit—but I haven't managed it yet.

    Congrats on your first year in business!

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    1. Thank you. I thought that too! But it never felt right messing with my stories, and it has held me back for years. I just felt I had nothing left to lose and I feel so much less stressed about my writing now. I was so obsessed with perfection . . .

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  9. I'm glad to hear that working with your sister is going well. I'm sorry about the migraines though; I hope that you don't have to worry about them again anytime soon.

    Rewriting is tough. I've actually been rewriting a novel I drafted years ago but never fully revised; although there is some good stuff in there, I've realized that a lot of it needs some serious changes, which was a little disheartening. But there's something about the story that makes me want to finish it.

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    1. Thank you. You should definitely finish your story. It needs to be told.

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