It’s almost over. NaNoWriMo 2016 is coming to an end.
The main goal I worked towards during this challenge was to build the habit of writing every day whether I felt like it or not. I put my butt in the chair and I put words on the page.
Not all of the words are good. Some really suck. But I’m okay with it because I was able to not only get more than 50k words for the work in progress, I put 20,000 into other writing projects. I think that’s the most I’ve ever done in a month. I kept track so I can challenge myself to do more in December.
During this month of writing, I’ve been doing a lot of reading, mostly about building author platforms, social media, and book marketing. And a couple of fiction books too.
It’s had me thinking not only about my own platform as I move forward with self-publishing but also about other writers and authors trying to do the same thing.
Which Brings Me Back to Page Readers
It’s funny how things come back around. I started Page Readers in 2009 and have had some good runs before suffering from burn out or deciding to go in another direction. I’ve tried different formats, tried different ways of scheduling the guests so it wouldn’t make me crazy. I hope the scheduling won’t drive me crazy this time around.
I’ve spent a few days rearranging my website to include Page Readers and the new direction of my writing goals. I’m ready to be serious about earning a living with writing, with my blog, articles, and books. There are even ideas for online courses floating around my head.
If you’re serious about building a writing career, my goal is to help you too. Providing information about the steps to take and the things to do and not do will help you – and me – reach the goal of being a professional writer.
And by Professional, I mean a person who earns enough money from their writing to pay their bills without needing a second job or a spouse.
But I want to add a twist to the definition of career. Yes, I want to write as a full-time career. But I want to be able to do it from anyplace in the world. I want to live a Laptop Lifestyle.
I know it won’t be easy. If it was, everyone would be doing it. I know it will take time, mine mostly, to create my future. It’s not enough to just want it. It’s time to work towards it, every day.
How about you? Are you ready to take your dreams seriously?
NaNoWriMo is More Than Just 50,000 Words
It’s more than just spitting out the bones of a story. It’s about building the habit that’s going to help you achieve your dream of being a successful author. Someone who writes for a living. Someone who, if you chose to, could live a Laptop Lifestyle. You could spend your time traveling, seeing the world and writing.
Be My Guest on Page Readers
Page Readers will still be a platform for authors to talk about their work. But I want to take it a step further.
I want to talk about what it takes to really make it as a writer.
Let’s talk about the business of words.
What’s your routine like, how many words do you write per day? How do you share your work, how do you use it to further your career?
What are your goals? Is writing full-time your ultimate dream, have you reached the pinnacle?
Are you promoting a book? Doing marketing, social media, press releases? Are you getting the word out, are you making sales? Is your book your calling card, are you using it to get speaking gigs or handing it to potential clients as a way to prove your ability?
What’s your Laptop Lifestyle Dream?
There are a lot of questions to ask when it comes to the business of words. But the most important one to ask, especially yourself, is –
What Have You Written Today?
Let’s talk about the business of words! To Be A Guest on Page Readers, please go here to request an interview.
Something else you should do to build your platform – join the NaNo Blog & Social Media Hop being hosted by Raimey Gallant. Register by November 30th!
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