You’ve somehow (miraculously) landed on this resources for my notes on my writing blog. And, I’m delighted you did. This is my personal authors blog – that summarizes the fiction and non-fiction issues I deal with on a daily basis to earn my living.
It’s a practical writing blog – from a full time writer making his living in the trenches.
The writer’s resources below are not static, but regularly added to and modified as I find new and useful resources that I personally use or would use.
I think I’ve reached the level of my tech incompetence. Rather than bother with hosting my own websites, I’m moving moved them all to StudioPress hosting.
How I need to think about deep work to be a better writer. It is simply too easy to be sidetracked by all the bells and whistles of the Internet (Hello Facebook and Youtube!) My sense of moving forward is I really need to focus more on the deeper work of being a writer and ignore the more shallow- and popular – stuff.
Kevin Kelly says all you need to succeed with any creative project is 1000 true fans who purchase everything you produce. My corollary to this that suggests you can give yourself permission to quit if you don’t get 1000 true fans. Mind you, the definition of a true fan isn’t well understood by some folks.
The dark hole of self-censorship and how it reared its ugly head for me.
Week one of NaMoWriMo 2017 provided the usual number of challenges and learning curves.
Here’s the report of week 2. I think I’ve managed to move myself forward (published a reader-only ebook) but the main story I started with has grown into a monster of a project. There was one bright moment of the week however.
Week three saw me reading a romance novel (or five) to get a handle on this new genre. Here’s my report on the week
Ebooks and Publishing
You can be more productive with this software – I have it and use it for almost everything now.
Notes On Writers Platforms
Here’s my take on websites for non-fiction writers. It seems the more I involve myself in the fiction world, the more this advice (originally aimed at non-fiction writers) holds true for fiction writers as well. I also confess I broke my own rules and went straight to StudioPress for my fiction sites – halfway up the cost ladder rather than self-hosting or through WordPress.com
A brief history of publishing to put everything in context from one form of communication to the next.
Why your email list numbers are lying to you. I’m a big fan of keeping a mailing list neat and tidy – cleaning off those folks who really don’t read or click on anything – but don’t unsubscribe. This note tells how I took my old gardening list down from 20,000 subscribers to 10,000.
How I saved money on my mailing list. I’m sure some readers will disagree with this approach but frankly, I believe there comes a time when you have to fire readers. And this is how I do it.
The growing problem with Adsense I identified the genesis of the problem a few years ago with some basic number analysis. It was clear then the adsense model was done – and Facebook was taking over.
Google ads are no longer worth the trouble of putting the code on the page. And October 2017 saw me take them totally off all my websites. You can read the numbers here.
Fullscreen – an advertising network for videos approached me to join their site. I agreed and here’s the result. I have a single word of advice. Don’t
Facebook’s own training website on how to run ads. You may want to take this free course right from the source.
Software Links I Use And Recommend:
Scrivener the best word processor for writers. Bar none. Some folks say it’s hard to learn but it’s like anything else – there’s a simple way (I use only the basics) and then there’s the complex way (Some folks like complexity more than I do)
Scapple a brainstorming software from the same folks who developed Scrivener
Evernote my go-to note keeping and organizing software.
KDPRocket – I consider this a major part of my writer’s toolbox. It’s one thing to have the software to write – it’s another to know what to write about that will make you money. KDPRocket does the money part.
WordPress.com for a simple website using WordPress.