Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.
What do you wish you had an unlimited supply of?
Mostly, time. And biscuits. But there are other things.
Time to finish all the half-written stories that I can never seem to get around to. All the sequels, prequels and spin-off adventures that I can see in my head. By some cruel twist of fate, every time I make a promise to myself to get on with them, I will do a bit of research or have a glimpse of what’s going on, then WHAM! A new idea, prompted by what I’m trying to achieve in one story, will spring to the foreground and demand my attention as a new project. The new appear faster than I can finish the old. In their turn, they then become the old faster than I would like.
Motivation. As a consequence, I look at the list of things I have to write and feel overwhelmed. The sheer scale of the task I have set myself makes it hard to get started on anything. I’ll scroll Facebook, gaze for hours at YouTube videos, write blog posts. In fact, I’ll do anything to avoid getting on with what really needs doing.
Patience. With marketing. I know it’s trial and error, testing and losses until you hit upon the thing that starts to push sales. I also accept that you need time to find your market and tribe and became visible. I just wish it would happen a bit sooner. I’ve spent a lot of time and money testing various types of advertising and have yet to find the one that really works. I can break even, but actually getting the push past that into profit is proving tricky. I just hope I can crack it before the money (or time) runs out.
Optimism, in the face of setback. When people don’t do what they’ve said or suggested they will. The times I get a bad review, or someone returns an eBook or audiobook for a refund. Sometimes it feels like I will never get anywhere, as a result, I get despondent. Then a good review or act of kindness from one of my real friends will perk me up.
Enthusiasm, for the validity of my work. So many people have said that they’ve bought my books and will review them. When it doesn’t happen, I begin to question whether it’s because the book is rubbish and not even worth a one-star comment. Enough said. Self-doubt and imposter syndrome are not pleasant companions.
Biscuits, especially digestive ones but any will do. Sometimes I make my own, other times I just buy them from Aldi (other supermarkets are available). My writing output is directly proportional to the number of biscuits consumed. And they make me feel better, in the face of most of the problems mentioned above.
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