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These days writing comes with hours of “business” related nonsense. I’m watching one of my Critique Group working on her book release, and I am exhausted. Social Media, Blog Tours, Facebook Parties, etc. Not only do you have to do these activities and to get your book seen, but you need to figure out when you will get the most bang for your buck.
I can still remember my High School English teacher praising a fellow student who wrote 500 words on the way a man smoked his cigarette. I will admit to being jealous. I wanted someone to read my work and see the same stroke of genius.
Books are a moving target. I’ve never had a book become stagnant. What I mean by this is I am going back to old work. Maybe I am submitting, or editing or doing yet another set of beta readers, or maybe it’s all business of writing stuff. Point being, I don’t have any work that doesn’t live in my head. They are all up there.
What follows below is how I've tackled my work. Mileage may vary. Take what works for you and leave the rest.
We all have this happen. After finishing a book, there is a huge burst of energy. A little while later, there is a huge drop off as you think about edits.
What we all like to do (and what feels natural) is to start another book. Ideas seem to fire as you get towards the end of a first draft. Tasty morsels with all kinds of delicious plot tropes. All you can think about is getting to the new story.
I've got a post writer’s retreat hangover. While inspiring, coming down off the high leaves my brain frozen. I love going, but I am always glad to be home.
Several authors shared highlights of their careers.