Sometimes, silence is the true refuge of the creative mind. This month, all I want to do is retreat into it, and let myself recharge with some time spent simply writing for fun. Remember fun? my inner voice tells me, and I want to listen.
With books on deadline, fun seems no longer an option. You write or edit because you must. You can’t say you’re not inspired.
As a reader I never wondered about the state of mind of a writer who had written the words I consumed, but now I do. I sometimes write flash fiction for fun these days, set in the world of my upcoming novel. It is a neat thing to write in your own universe, and it helps you understand your characters better for further books in the series.
To all of you my question this month for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is, how do you carve out ‘writing for fun’ amid the work-writing that you must do? Or do you only write what is fun for you?
How do you balance promotions and writing?
For the The Blue Bar, I’ve been working (very slowly) in the background on promotion, and nearly 4 months before publication, the book has about 4,000-want to -reads on Goodreads ( add it here, if you’d like to toss in your support), and is nearing 40 reviews. Huge thanks to those of you who read and reviewed it, and I’m happy to send eARCs to others who’d like to.
I’m yet to meet a writer who enjoys promoting their own work, but there’s no universe where a professional writer can write purely and always for fun, and never do a day of promotion. Especially not a completely green unknown like me.
In the comments, I’d love to know how I can help promote your work, whether it is through requesting your books at my local library (The Singapore National Library is massive, with a fantastic collection of e-books, audio books and paper-books), shout-outs on social media, or hosting a guest post on this blog, or reads and reviews of your books.
For me, I’d encourage you to request THE BLUE BAR at your local library. It Really, Really helps, and it is crucial promotion for an author like me who resides outside the US but is having her book published in the country. It is also easy and Free to do.
If you scroll down this link, you’ll find the exact process. All my book details are here. My library allows me to recommend titles and I’ve recommended a bunch, many of which the library has already ordered.
Have you been writing, or promoting your book this month? Do you ever write for fun? If yes, what is it that you write? What’s your take on book promotion? Do you have a library membership? Would you consider requesting The Blue Bar?
Today is the first Wednesday of the month post for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
Founded by the Ninja Cap’n Alex J. Cavanaugh, the purpose of the group is to offer a safe space where writers can share their fears and insecurities without being judged. This is a wonderful group–if you aren’t a part of it, I urge you to join in!
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