No matter how much we talk about the best way to get our books noticed, there’s no substitute for just writing the next one. I’ve discovered that many successful self-publishers are doing well because they release books in quick succession. When I first read a Shannon Mayer novel, it was only a few years ago and she had only a handful of books to her name. Now, she has almost 30 novels published! Wowzers! I read on her blog she aims to publish one novel every two months. That’s a hell of a lot quicker than the stock standard one a year in the traditional publishing world. She’s constantly in the top 100 on Amazon in her chosen categories, and she’s a USA today top selling author. So, I’m picking up the ‘Just Write’ vibe and going to try and push myself a little more. The world waits for no one.
For me, I find the best way to keep writing is to establish a momentum and to track my word count daily.
I book in at least an hour a day to write, even if this means getting up at 5am so I can type a couple of words before the munchkins wake up.
How can you write with your brain so foggy in the morning?
- Procaffeinate – coffee before typey
- Plan your words the night before, I’m a pantser but I read the passage I previously wrote before going to bed. I also find my mind processes any problems I may have had (a.k.a. Writers Block – Eeee!)
- Have a word count goal – Do you know someone on the other side of the world who’s up late when you’re up early? Do a word war! Book in a time so you have some accountability.
Other ways you can fit writing into your day …
- Dictate into your smart phone – Dragon Dictate is a good app.
- Carry a notebook around and document interesting things – Moleskin anyone?
- Write in your lunch break – Sneaky write on Evernote if you are too embarrassed to do it in your notebook.
I also find that the more I read, the more my brain keeps those all important words flowing when it’s time to type.