A lesson on listening.
by Todd Foley
“The writer who possesses the creative gift owns something of which he is not always master.” -Charlotte Brontë
I’ll admit that I’ve been putting off writing a new post until I had time to do so. Until I was ready to articulate some meaningful reflection.
Lately I’ve been so consumed with writing that the last thing I wanted to do was blog. I just finished off a big assignment at work on Monday and have been spending much of my time on my book project, leading up to a *tentative* launch by the end of April. The more I research self-publishing, the more I realize how much work is still ahead of me.
Here’s my typical day: I go into the office early to format a few chapters before the work day begins – during which I write and edit. Every now and then I read up on other indie authors’ experience and advice regarding marketing and promotion strategies, learning what worked best for them. When I’m on my lunch break, I go on a walk and think about what would work best for me and my project. What contacts do I have? Which bookstores/outlets could I ask to help with promotion? Who could I ask for request initial reviews? How can I most effectively expand my online platform?
Then I go back to work. Then I think and strategize more after work.
I’ll be honest: It’s exhausting trying to control everything.
But then I remember what I’m working toward, that I’m doing what I love and that I love what I’m doing. I realize that all is right with the world.
I need to enjoy this journey. Words are powerful and I often struggle to make them work. That’s when I realize I need to sit back and listen to the larger story I’m trying so hard to tell.
To anyone out there following this blog: Thank you for listening to my ramblings as I continue to learn the craft. I’m excited to share my book with you when it’s done. Terrified, but excited.
As a final token of my appreciation, I leave you with this nugget of wisdom from one of my literary heroes.
“Becoming a writer is about becoming conscious. When you’re conscious and writing from a place of insight and simplicity and really caring about the truth, you have the ability to throw on the lights for your reader.” -Anne Lamott
Wow, this is one of favorite posts Todd. I have a lot of ideas on promotion, and building your platform. Please don’t be afraid to email me and we can talk more. I’d love to help you reach your goals!
Thanks so much, David! I’d love to talk more, for sure. What email address should I use?
My email is krugonwp@Gmail.com
Great – coming soon!
Todd, you inspire me. I haven’t blogged in weeks. I haven’t worked on my novel in nearly as long. I’ve been letting myself get bogged down with other work – papers for school, rehearsals, reading and my daily subway commute. Now, I really want to go write! Thanks!
Also, I love the layout of your blog and it’s making me want to switch from blogger to WordPress… is WordPress a simple platform to use?
Wow, thanks Trisha. I’ll admit that I’ve become exhausted between blogging, formatting the novel and doing assignments for my job as well. It’s super encouraging though to hear that it gets you excited about writing! Can’t wait to read more of your posts!
Regarding WordPress, I love it. It definitely took me a few Youtube tutorials to understand but yes it does have a much more professional look to it, which I really enjoy. It’s also great for tracking results and readership. I bought the .com domain for $17/year, which is nice being able to get rid of the “wordpress” portion in the URL. I highly recommend it!