As is usual in my life I have taken on too much. I tend to say yes to everything and then realise I can’t do it all. The other thing I am awful at is starting loads of projects and then being able to give none of them my time. Within the last month, I have been given the opportunity to start my own tutoring company. So now I have a writing career, a new business and a new family. It is more essential than ever that I prioritise my work and complete writing in the moments I have. As I have mentioned before, I write a large number of my posts on my iPhone. To make this easier I looked into shortcuts to make phone typing even quicker.
I never seem to learn from my mistakes. Time and time again I over-commit on my workload and then worry why I am stressed and unhappy. Is over-commitment something you struggle with? This month I start a new tutoring business working for myself. I am fed up of being at the mercy of unprofessional managers … Continue reading Over-Commitment is my Curse
There are many things over the two years of writing that I have learnt. The major things such as constructing a post and writing a good headline I have covered before. There are however many smaller as important facts. You Don’t Need Expensive Applications Over the months I have bought a frightening amount of application which have cost a great deal of money. Over the months I have learnt that they are not necessary. Whenever I buy an application I go back to a free version which is as effective. I have paid for many writing applications on my phone. However, the one I use now is the iPhone notes function. Simple and free. You don’t need to spend money to be a writer.
As writers, we must use all the tools available to use to improve our writing. A couple of days ago I was reading an article and I came across a quote from Michael Jackson. It put me off the post so much, I couldn’t read on. This lead me to start thinking, what if other people had the same opinion as me. Did we all stop reading at the same point? If this is the case the writer could look at the read time for the post. The time in the post where the reader stopped reading would show them, when people were put off by one quote. Analysing our Average Read Time.
This year I took the leap and started my own business. Tutoring young people who struggle in mainstream education. It has been a steep learning curve which has taken up most of my time. However, like many of us at heart, I am a writer. Writing is my profession everything else supports my writing. The premise of the new business is to allow me to pick my hours, to fit in with my writing. As mentioned on my goals for the year post I am also determined to finish my manuscript this year. So for me, writing has to take the priority in everything I do. To keep this level of productivity, I needed to streamline my approach. For years I have been guilty of throwing everything at every platform to see what sticks. As new writers, this is an important approach, only when we experiment can we see what works and what doesn’t. New writers need to have the confidence to try many approaches. Those that work you can keep working with, those that don’t then streamline.
Can you imagine if your imagination was used against you? I have written a large number of murder stories, I would be in a lot of trouble. Recently I read, a story Amanda Knox published in college was used as a sign of her criminal mind in her murder trial. The story was about date rape. What if this happened to all writers? The truth is luckily few of us with have our stories used as evidence in a murder trial. However, to be successful there needs to be elements of truth behind what we write, to make it authentic. Even if you are a fantasy writer, this matters. You need to write authentic characters, that resonate with your readers.
It is true what they say, social media is an addiction. The less time I spend on there, the less time I wanted to spend on there. I didn’t miss waiting for the comments and likes. I have to say, there was a feeling of liberation. Slowly it is creeping back in, but I will resist. This gave me the time, over Christmas and New Year, to reflect on my progress and writing. I also spent some quality time with my family and wrote a considerable amount of my crime novel.