Write Your BookWritten by Andy Walsh
It's said that we've all got a book inside us just waiting to come out. Well, that may be so, but I think that many of us are put off because of sheer size of thing and commitment that we need to put into project.
I'd like to offer a few suggestions that might help you to overcome your fears and write that book.
1. Read everything you can.
I good writer is often a good reader. I read to point of obsession. In 2001, I read just over 100 books. Most were novels though I managed to fit in a few biographies, poetry collections and technical books. I spend half an hour reading every morning. I get up, make coffee for two of us, then read until children come bouncing into bedroom. Again at night, I try to spend a bit of time reading too. You can always find somewhere or sometime to read.
2. Work out an achievable workload.
I work at home. So I can set myself a demanding target. I normally aim to write 2000 words per day minimum. I take weekends off, so it should be perfectly possible for me to write a full-length novel in a couple of months.
So, given your circumstances, how much can you write a day?
A Year in the Life of a WriterWritten by Andy Walsh
For those of you who don't know what I'm about, here's a short summary.
I'm a writer living in England. I have written a novel, 'St Brodag's Isle', which is supported by a website (http://www.stbrodag.com) and a newsletter. 2002 is going to be my campaign year - a year in which I intend to make a living out of my writing. As I go through year, I'll be posting articles such as this one, which will detail step-by-step approach that I'm going to be taking. I'll be honest with my failures as well as my triumphs. And in a year's time I hope to be looking back at a year that exceeded my expectations.
Right, so what have I been up to in recent weeks? I'm glad you asked.
My subscription list has DOUBLED! Granted, I don't have a list of 20,000 members but I reckon that's not a bad performance since Christmas. And what about sales of my book? Well, again it's progress - long, hard, slow progress - but progress nonetheless. I won't be moving to Monaco just yet but I might be able to buy food next week!
Now, I'm going to let you into secret of how I've made a difference to my subscription list. It's simply this - I've talked to a few people. Not just any old people. I've interviewed some published writers and promoted this to people and fan sites that I think will generate interest.