After writing for so long you would think it would be hard to pin-point exactly when I knew I wanted to be a writer. I didn’t always want to be writer, in fact I had a reading disability when I was young. Going back and asking a young Christie if being a writer is something I would have wanted to be it wouldn’t have been on my radar until—I was in my teens and I read a certain trilogy. A trilogy I didn’t like — I loved, and twenty years later I still love this trilogy.
But here is the thing I might have loved the trilogy, but I detested the ending.
How can you love a set of three books but detest the finally? Ohh, it’s so easy look at the books on the market today. Twenty years ago it was a very rare, but today not so much.
Anyway back to my story, hated the ending. So at fourteen I sat down and put pencil to paper (no really, pencil and paper no computer, no pen) and I wrote a new story. About how the hero and the heroin found each other and had a happy ever after. Because dammit that is how it’s supposed to end up!!!
And that is how it started. That was how the seed was planted, my imagination door in my mind sprung open and I haven’t ever been able to close it. And frankly I never wanted to close it.
Every once in a while I will pull that story out and read it, I do have several collector versions of that trilogy and it will always be one of my favorites. For starting something inside of me, and for just being a damn good story.
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Do you To-Do? Because You Should To-Do…
I know it’s strange, but this is important to staying organized. I date and To-Do first thing every morning.
Why this is important to my business.
First I need to explain why I consider being an author a business. Because a business brings in money. Not always the same thing just being an author.
Being author is in its basic form an art and be an artist doesn’t always been getting paid, in fact it comes with the saying ‘the starving artist’ right? I have to admit, I love food and the nice (expensive) things of life. So being a non-paid artist (or a starving artist) isn’t going to work for me.
So I had a decision to make, I could continue to be an ‘artist’ or I could make being an author a business and turn it into something that made money.
Guess which one I chose?
Yeah, I chose the business. Does that mean I am no longer an artist? No, but it does mean I am no longer a starving artist but I don’t think I am a traditional artist any longer either. So I don’t know if I like to call myself a full on artist any longer. But a business owner, a business woman, hell yes. A published author? Hell yes. That all makes it a business a authorship business. Kind of a hybrid, like the indie revolution that has rocked through the publishing world in the last several years. This artist/authorship partnership business that makes money is what matters to me know.
And that is where my daily To-Dos come in.
So back to why To-Do’s are so important to your day to day business processes. Because knowing what you’re doing and why you’re doing it every single day with purpose and intent makes sure your business moves forward successfully every single day.
Ahhh that is the important part moving forward with a successful business every single day. Who would have that a To-Do list would help move your business forward? So the question is why…
Knowing what you’re doing with INTENT every day.
With PURPOUS every day.
All of these equal one thing SUCCESS.
So it comes back to… Why? Why you ask.
This is why? Here is an example of my To-Do list.
- Blogs for the Week
- Check Book Sales
- Site5 Website Updates
- Facebook Marketing reveiws
- Book 4 — Deadline Sept. 30th
- Goodreads – Street Team Blog Request
- Edits – Check in
My INTENT is knowing exactly what is going on in my business/authorship my To-Dos keep me focused on what is important. With the PURPOSE of knowing every aspect of my business/authorship all the time.
Knowing the INTENT and the PURPOSE equals SUCCESS.
Who would have thought a To-Do list could have accomplished so much?
So what’s on your To-Do list?
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Don’t Plot It, Don’t Pants It, Just Write What Feels Good
And I’ve been told in writing groups I need to plot. How much easier my writing process would be if I plotted everything out. But I was a tried and true pantsier. And those plotters looked down their nose at me in disdain.
However, after taking an over a year and a half to write my last novel with my muse coming and going on me like a bipolar crack whore on a river that flowed either way given the time of day and the phase of the moon. I struggled with mental health issues, personal addictions, and demons make writing a HEA (happy ever after) seem impossible.
And I realized I wasn’t really a pantsier either.
The only time I could write was when I felt good. And even then it was a struggle. My characters where gun shy hiding in the recesses of my mind wondering what horrible catastrophe I might dream up for them now. Questioning ‘Would I truly allow them their HEA?’
Today’s author can throw out ALL the old ‘rules’. As Indie authors pave new roads forward we can also pave new roads with our writing style. Don’t feel bad if you don’t ‘plot’ or if you’re a ‘pantsier’ or if you’re like me and you don’t write an hour a day, you don’t track your word counts or do character development.
Nor do I necessary follow my character’s I write for my heart, and I write what makes me feel good.
How does your writing style differ from the norm? Let me know below?
Let’s change the world one word at a time!!
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