Mr. B has earned more money writing than I have, in part because he’s good at writing for others. (I’m only good at writing for me — but don’t let that sway you; I’ve turned down loads of copywriting work simply because it doesn’t interest me. If it interests you, know that it’s out there waiting for the right writer. Right?)
I’ve only read a little of Bowerman’s work, but between that, Tom’s recommendation, and that of a dozen other writers I respect, you’d be smart to investigate the Well-Fed Writer if you’re curious about writing commercially.
The first year my blog over at Someday Box was live, I posted whenever I felt like it, when something special was going on. When I realized the work I do with Someday Box was our future, I started posting daily.
Except last week.
I’ve been kicking myself for only posting 4 times in 9 or 10 days. Kicking oneself is counter-productive. I cannot move forward while looking backward.
We’ve all seen a teenager open the refrigerator for the thirteenth time hoping miraculously that a pizza has appeared where only broccoli lay before.
There’s a marvelous scene in one of the Crocodile Dundee movies where someone points out that his hotel room has a television. He turns it on saying, “I’ve seen television before.” As the I Love Lucy theme fades in he says, “Yup, that’s what was on”.
Can you imagine if the food in the fridge really never changed or if the show on television was actually always the same?
There are some activities in life which hinge on variety, newness, change, to keep our attention. Eating the same foods over and over again gets boring fast – even pizza.
The single greatest reason for potential fans (which means potential purchasers of your book) to visit your website is to find something new.
Most writers dislike marketing. They dislike anything that takes them away from their writing, but marketing is toward the bottom of the list.
I don’t want to turn into a plaid polyester-wearing used car salesman! I just want to write! Besides, I have a blog, and it just lays there, doing nothing. How will anyone find it? What difference will it make, anyway?”
I’m a writer who came at this from the world of marketing (the subject of most of my books) so I have a different perspective.