J is for ‘Just Write’ – Self-publishing from A to Z

Lana PecherczykSelf Publishing, Writing2 Comments

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?

  1. Procaffeinate – coffee before typey
  2. 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!)
  3. 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 …

  1. Dictate into your smart phone – Dragon Dictate is a good app.
  2. Carry a notebook around and document interesting things – Moleskin anyone?
  3. 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.

Do you have any tips for motivating yourself to write more? I’d love to hear them, please comment below.

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