Writers & Authors Advice

5 Ways to write even when you feel uninspired

We all have those days, even months when no inspiration comes to write.

Here are 5 simple things you can do to help you kick start your writing again.

1. Read more books

Might sound strange to some, but reading is a great way to inspire you to write. It can spark an idea in your mind and trigger a story.

Also seeing what another Author does can give you the push you need to create your own masterpiece.

2. Do something you love

Sometimes all you need is time out of your writing den, and norm of life. Go do something you enjoy. Even if it’s a massage, weekend away or coffee with an old friend.

Your brain needs downtime by changing activities. It’s like a natural kickstart.

3. Celebrate small wins

Don’t be hard on yourself if you only manage to write a few hundred words a day or if you come up with an idea for the next chapter only. Celebrate those small wins. Every step forward is a step to completing your novel.

4. Ignore criticism

There will always be people who read something you write and have a negative comment. Don’t take the criticism to heart. Judge it objectively.

Ask yourself : Is there something I can learn from it to improve or should I ignore it all together?

Whatever you do, don’t let criticism stop you from writing and being great at it.

5. Don’t wait for inspiration

If you’re going to wait until you feel 100% inspired to write, then you will never write. Just start writing and see how the story starts to guide you. Writing steers inspiration. Inspiration doesn’t steer your writing.

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Why not to become an Author – insider’s guide

So this may seem like a strange article to write, since I am a published Author, but the purpose is to show you the cons of writing, so that you can let those dreamy notions go BEFORE you send your work out to be published.

I am by no means discouraging you to write your dream novel. In fact, I wholeheartedly encourage it! But know why you’re doing it, and know the truth that’s out there. If you do it for the wrong reasons you will be sorely disappointed.

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  1. It’s not as glamourous as it seems

Now you might be a reader, scrolling through social media, and you see all these tweets from JK Rowling and Stephen King, and you think that if their lives are glitz and glamour that yours will be too? That’s not necessarily true. Firstly, their careers went through a long process to get where they are, and they are the elect few living that life.

 

  1. It can get lonely

Imagine all the hours you spend in your head, just you and the characters you write, in a room all day alone. No colleagues, no lunches with friends. You have deadlines to meet for your publishers, so you have to sacrifice and lock yourself away. If you don’t like your own company, and if you aren’t happy living in your own thoughts for weeks on end, then it might not be the career for you.

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  1. You probably won’t become a millionaire from it

Yes there are millionaire Authors, but think how few they are in comparison to the more than eight million books registered on Amazon. Not every Author will make millions. We all dream of it, but if that’s your only goal for writing, then you need to re-think it. Most Authors sell only a handful of books a month. That handful isn’t even enough for them to quit their day job and write full time. So if it’s not a passion, rather do something that is.

 

  1. People aren’t as supportive as you may think

Do you imagine your five hundred friends on Facebook are all going to purchase your book as soon as its release? Well think again, they won’t. Or perhaps your aunts and uncles and closest friends? Nope, not them too! For me I got the least support from the people closest to me. Yes there are those amazing few that fully supported me and still do. But they are about 1% of everyone I know. You will be amazed who won’t support you, for reasons you might never understand. If your book is great however, you have the whole of earth’s population at your fingertips!

 

  1. It’s a lot of hard work

The work begins after you are published, and not before. Unless you are published with the top three publishers in the world, you will be doing all your own branding, marketing and events. Its daily work, a daily effort to get your book out there and into people’s hands who will read it. It doesn’t just magically appear on shelf, its work all the way. Be prepared for it.

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  1. Book signings aren’t what they seem

I haven’t personally done a book signing, but I’ve chatted to other Authors who have. Some of them sit there all day with not even one person coming up to them asking for an autograph. Some only have one or two. Those photos you may see on social media can be very misleading, and with that comes feelings of rejection, because it’s your heart and soul on display.

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  1. Not everyone will love you

Yes you will get the trolls and the haters, but the hate can even be closer to home. Some people can be so miserable about your success that they will find every opportunity to dig at your work, your talent and your efforts. You need to have thick skin. Shrug off the nay sayers, and focus on the love and support you get from those priceless people you meet along the way. You will even find one publisher tell you your work is rubbish, and the next tell you that you’re amazing. Just keep applying that thick skin principle wherever needed.

 

So now that you’ve heard all the bad, get your mind into gear for what is to come, and go ahead and get that masterpiece published! I know you can do it!

 

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Author Interview: Marlene Wagman-Geller

Today we are joined by the phenomenal Author Marlene Wagman-Geller, who has published to date six books that are taking the world by storm.

Marlene is a true inspiration to me and she feels like a friend I’ve known for years, I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to have interviewed her.

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Q: I’ve just read Woman Who Launch, and you have written another phenomenal book! What inspired you to write this book?

A: The inspirational spark for Women Who Launch was the Women’s March on Washington where the capital was transformed into a moving mass of Barbie’s own hue. I investigated the back story of the pussy-eared hats, launched by Krista Suh. This led to the investigation of other iconic enterprises initiated by women and the book was born.

 

Q: Where and how do you conduct your research for your books?

A: While diamonds were Marilyn’s best friends, the internet is a writer’s. Most of my research was done online; however, when this did not suffice I relied on primary source materials such as autobiographies and biographies.

 

Q: What have been your favourite moments of being a published author?

A:  The pinnacle was when my first book received a review in The New York Times. Other magic moments was speaking at Yale University and my interview with The Chicago Tribune.

 

Q: What motivates you to keep writing?

A: Whatever wind there is beneath my wings comes from my books; ergo, the inspiration…….

 

Q: What made you decide to go into this genre of writing?

A: My bucket list was to publish a novel; however, despite copious efforts this never came to fruition. Publishers have bought my nonfiction and I am thrilled and thankful for that. I love the unknown back stories and uncovering that information is a labour of love.

Q: You have written incredible books about some amazing people. Who would you say is the one stand out person in all your books?

A: Ah, hard to answer: a good mother loves all her children……

 

Q: If you could choose to have an exclusive book club with three authors, dead or alive, who would you choose and what would be your ideal discussion to have with them?

A: The first would be Dorothy Parker, queen of the quip. I would love to hear her trademark humour on a conversational level. The second would be Oscar Wilde whose artistry with words is nonpareil. I would ask him if he had his life to live over, what other road he would have trod. The third would be Emily Bronte. I would ask her how, never having been involved in a romantic relationship, she could have written so passionately about Heathcliffe.

 

Q: What books do you currently have on your bedside table?

A: My kindle has many enticing reads but with a full-time teaching job, a looming deadline for my next book-coupled with the fact my husband has to be the messiest person in California-I have precious little time to read. I have downloaded The Forgotten Ones: A Novel by Steena Holmes

 

Q: What’s the one ‘secret’ you’ve learnt since becoming a published Author that has increased your success?

A: I have learned the necessity of marketing; the legwork begins after typing THE END.

 

Q: Lastly, something fun that our readers might not know about you?

A: I’m not really that fun-or so my students say………

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Feel free to connect with Marlene on Social Media to see what is next for her.

Find her on Facebook, on her Website, or connect with her on Amazon 

 

About Woman who launch:

Empowering stories of game-changing women

Dorothy Parker observed, “It’s a man’s world;” the lady entrepreneurs and game-changers profiled in Women Who Launch would beg to differ. Unlike the matrons of the 1950s-the women who lunched-these kick-ass females left their DNA in the annals of time.

A history of women in business and beyond: Julia Ward-Howe showed what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when she created the Girl Scouts of America. Sara Joseph Hale-authoress of Mary had a Little Lamb– convinced Lincoln to launch a national day of thanks while Anna Jarvis persuaded President Wilson to initiate a day in tribute of mothers. Estee Lauder revolutionized the cosmetics industry. The tradition of these Mothers of Invention continued when, compliments of knitter Krista Suh, the heads of millions were adorned with pink, pussy-cat ears in the largest women’s march in history. These women who launched prove-in the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!”

Biographies of women creators, innovators, and leaders: Women Who Launch is filled with inspiring true stories of women activists, artists, entrepreneurs who launched some of the most famous companies, brands, and organizations today and changed the world. It is at once a collection of biographies and a testament of female empowerment.

Readers will find:

  • The stories behind renowned companies, brands, and organizations and the diverse women who launched them.
  • empowering quotes from strong women and those who refused to be kept down.
  • motivation to all women who want to succeed in their careers, launch companies, and change the world.

Find motivation in your career and life with the amazing history of women entrepreneurship, activism, and leadership.

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Secrets I’ve learnt being a published Author

I celebrate one year being published with my novel Perfect Imperfections and in the past year I’ve come to learn many things about the publishing world as well as the world of being an Author.

 

So to celebrate, I thought I would share some things with you about my journey to become a published author

 

Rejection is normal

My first lesson learnt was that rejection is part of the cycle of becoming published. You will submit your manuscript to countless people and they will send you letters of rejection. The trick is to never give up. Rejection does not mean your work isn’t good, it just means you might not be with right fit for that particular publisher or agent. Soon enough, you will come across the right publisher who will make your work shine.

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Being published is only the tip if the iceberg

So now you’re a published Author. What’s next? Do you get to sit back, sip Champaign and celebrate? Absolutely not! Its work, work and more work ahead of you.

You need to discover your target market, find ways to promote to them, meet them, and develop fan clubs. People take recommendations from people, so you need a network of people to recommend your book, it won’t just sell itself! There is only so much your publisher can do, but you need to do the rest. You know your work better than anyone, so you need to develop the course of how your book is marketed.

 

Social media is a great tool to success

Familiarise yourself with social media. Facebook, twitter, Instagram, are great tools to get exposure. Join book groups on Facebook, be a part of the community, and soon people will want to know more about your work. Host live video chats, open a Facebook fan page, be relevant, be interesting and be seen!

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Not everyone will support your work

One of the hardest lessons I’ve learnt is that not everyone closest to your will support your work. Your closest family and friends might be the ones who just refuse to buy your book and read it. That’s okay! Actually I’ve learnt, it’s better than okay, because there are thousands of other people who are more than willing to read your book and tell you their honest opinion about your work. They will be your greatest and most loyal supporters, and they are so valuable. Some will even become friends!

 

Influencers are essential

Don’t underestimate people with influence. These are book bloggers, journalists, people who own book clubs. The masses follow their recommendations, so get your book in their hand, get them to write reviews, and allow their followers to be exposed to your work.

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Judgement will come

There will be people who have the cruellest things to say about your novel that your spent blood sweat and tears developing. The key is to separate constructive criticism from jealous rants, and people who are just plain mean spirited trolls. Take the constructive criticism for your next book, and leave the mean trolls to grovel in their misery!

 

Keep writing

The biggest lesson for me is to keep writing! Sales will come, your book will get seen, but in the interim, keep writing. Follow your passion, the reward will eventually come! You have a talent, keep going, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is an Author. Your writing style will improve, and with more books, you get more readers and more sales. So put those fingers on that keyboard and type away

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Blurb of Perfect Imperfections

Sarah Lewis desires nothing more than to begin again after a failed marriage and a tragedy so terrifying, it forces her to leave her life in London to stay with her best friend a world apart in South Africa. Despite immediate success in her business, she struggles to understand who she really is and where she belongs in the world. So begins a journey of discovery as Sarah re-unites with Katy in the land where she was born, where the air is lavender scented, and weekends are spent cycling on the beach. Until the day when she has to return to London to face the ghosts of her past and confront a situation that has grown more complicated in her absence. Perfect Imperfections is an intriguing tale which hints at wrongdoings and deceit without giving too much away. The author cleverly weaves a tale around fragile yet strong Sarah as she tries to reconcile her past with her future, engaging the reader to the point where we simply want the best for her and for happiness finally to come her way.

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How to create the perfect BOOK CLUB 

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Book clubs can be amazing. They are a place where book lovers come together to read and discuss books they are currently reading.

Its a place where we can chat about characters as if they are real people, and no one around you will think you’ve lost your mind. It’s a place to discuss Authors you love and plots you hate.

So how do you go about creating this safe haven for Book lovers to get together?

Here are a few tips and tricks

1. Don’t limit the group to only people who like your genre of book

It’s important to have a book group that incorporates all different genres. This way each member is challenged to try something new. This keeps the book club interesting and diverse. So bring together anyone who has a passion and love for books.

2. Let each member feel as if they contribute something

Allow each member to compile a list of possible books they want to read, then you can either choose a book off each person’s list a month, or draw it from a hat. This way every person feels like that are adding value and they also get to read what they have been dying to explore.

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3. Make it fun

Find ways to make it fun. You could have a themed party related to the book each time you complete a book. Either each bring food related to the book or dress related to the book. You could also go together to watch a book related movie or a theatre play.

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4. Read local books so you can invite local Authors to visit

Authors are always looking for opportunities to chat to others about their book. Support an Author in your country and contact them and extend an invitation for them to come and speak in more depth about the book. It will make the characters come to life, and you will get your books signed too!

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5. Host it in different venues

Don’t always have it in the same place. Choose a new members house or a park or restaurant to change it up. You will be amazed how a change in scenery can energise your members.

6. Go on a trip together

If you are reading a book that mentions a place close to where you live, then plan a trip there together and discuss what the characters might have experienced in that space. If you are reading a historical book, then visit the museum to get a feel for how it would have been in that time.

7. Make it a safe place

Let your book club be a safe place where you can talk and share without judgement. If a member is being negative, then politely ask them to leave the group. You want it to be a happy place for all members.

8. Decide on your book club name together

Let everyone add to ideas of what the book club can be called. This will evoke a feeling of loyalty to stay in the club for years to come

And remember its all about having fun, reading, and exploring!

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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes&Noble, Exclusive Books and where all good books are sold.