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Turning Pro

professional-620x400Yep, that’s right, my football ability has finally been recognised and I’ll be signing a professional contract real soon. So, screw this writing game, I’m off to do some keepy-ups on the beach.

What’s wrong with me? It’s not even April 1st. No, I’m not becoming a professional footballer. I was offered it but they told me that I wasn’t allowed to continue with this blog, so I told them to find some other puppet for their games. What I’m actually talking about, when I get around to it, is turning pro as a writer. I’ve been a full-time writer now for a couple of years and I’ve even produced novels but, to me, there’s still a difference. Let me explain.

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Where’s The Perfect Place To Write?

SimpleisgoodSpaceI’ve changed my mind about this question several times and I’ve finally settled on the most boring answer yet. It’s something that, as a writer, we think about a lot. If you want to be inspired then maybe it’s the place, if you don’t want to be distracted then maybe it’s the place, if you need the internet then maybe it’s the place.

There are several reasons why the perfect place is as variable as the writing styles which are expounded within them. It largely depends on the author and the motivation to get the words down, but in this post I’ll look at some of the common spots.

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The 18 Behaviours of Highly Creative People

unleash_your_writing_creativityI’ve just read an article in the Huffington Post called, 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently. Scott Kaufman at New York University has researched creativity and has identified 18 behaviours that seem to be more prevalent in artists.

Go in to the article to read more about it, but I wanted to list the 18 traits here so that you can run down them and see how many you tick.

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The Modern Writer’s Toolbox

IMG_0154There once was an age when all you needed as an author was an imagination and a load of time on your hands. A few talented authors would create masterpieces which would exist hundreds of years later. These people would exist on the outside of society, watching and observing the habits of common folk before retelling their stories in a leather-bound volume. But… guess what?

Those times have gone, my friend. We’re all living in a world now where the bottom line is read between every line. We can’t do anything for a living unless we first think about how much it’ll be worth.

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Author Earnings.com – A Real Game Changer

Game_Changer_screen_1110_624Hugh Howey’s done it again. He’s been championing the self-publishing cause and, the valid business case behind it, for years but now he finally has the bullets to feed his ‘publishing industry’ facing canons. If you’re a writer, or even thinking about writing, then you need to read this website:

Author Earnings

A mystery statistician has contacted Hugh with a goldmine of information regarding the entire publishing industry. For years, the problem with any self-publishing validation has been the numbers to back it up. As a writer, it’s been unclear if you should self-publish or go the traditional route and the decision-making has been based on anecdotal evidence. Finally, two days ago, this has changed.

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The First Draft Is The Deepest

WritingI’m right up to my knees at the minute in the first draft of my next novel, Blind Faith. It’s an enjoyable process because I’m finally getting into the story which has been floating around inside my head for months. It’s surprising too and it’s made me think about the whole writing process all over again.

I’ve tried planning a story and I’ve tried winging a story, but both have their ups and downs. This time I’m trying something different and, I don’t know whether it’s working, but it’s much more enjoyable.

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Scrivener’s Word Target Display

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 10.01.38After using a scientific method to calculate the optimal daily word target which I should be aiming for, I’m now challenged but happy. It’s called trial and error, and it’s taken two novels to work out, but now finally I feel as though I’ve nailed it.

Some writers apparently write without a target and just let it flow but this never worked for me. I was perpetually stressed about not writing enough. I never felt creative because I was always worried about how many words I’d used. I was starting to write things in as many words as possible, just to extend the word count. Obviously, this is not recommended.

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