Writer's block got you down

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I was thinking about writer's block this past week. I have been busy writing blog posts with prompts for people who might be suffering from writer's block on my author site. While this has been a lot of fun, I started to wonder if there were books out there on this topic.

Of course, I already knew there would be. However, I wanted to see what those books offered and if I could offer something similar. I was also looking to begin some monetization of the site and wanted to post an Amazon link to a good resource. (Which I did!)

Within that post I was reminded of something I used to do when I was a teenager and young adult. I used to have what seemed a boundless imagination. I had so many ideas in my head for stories and books that I started making lists of book titles. I had thousands of them. All about different things. I even categorized them into genres.

The main two genres ended up being "horror" and "post-apocalypse" titles. Later, that list would grow to include stories about "zombies." I put zombies separate from horror just because I felt like they were their own special kind of scary!

No matter where I was or what I was doing, I had kept adding to the list of titles. I didn't realize it at the time, but those were writing prompts!

After I had published the post on my author site, I thought I should create my own story starter book. So I did. It took about 8 solid hours, but I got it done.

It is part writing prompts and part journal (which makes the e-book a little tricky because you can't really journal in an e-book—at least I don't think you can!). I also did a paperback version. That one is about 170 pages about half of the prompts have a blank page for writing if the person desires to do so. I only did this for about half of the prompts because with 300 prompts the book would have been close to 400 pages!

I've sold one so far and I haven't publicized it yet!

Ambitious...

Still feeling rather ambitious, I stayed up late last night (until 2 a.m.) and updated another e-book that I had published in 2021. I had updated the chapters of which there were 14 and enjoyed the challenge. Once I start something I feel the need to finish them. This has been my biggest push in my writing career since—well—since ever.

I have one more book that I want to update that I initially published in 2019.

After that, I would like to finish editing my children's book and get that one published, as well.

Marketing

Because I am still dipping my toes into the marketing of my books, I am not sure what I am doing, so I have been listing them on my author site and also making posts on my social media (which right now only consists of Facebook).

I wanted to have a better feel for what I needed to do in a concise way without reading an entire book on marketing and still not being sure what to do.

I asked my Buddy (ChatGPT) how to market a book that has already been published. and it gave me a very detailed list of ways to market the book with a timeline! I love timelines! They give me something to focus on.

So there you have my weekend starting with Friday afternoon! (I even skipped work on Friday afternoon so I could work on these things. Of course, now I have to work tomorrow, but I'm okay with the sacrifice!)

I hope this post encourages all who read it. There is so much technology to make our lives easier. Yes, we still have to use our brains to do things and our emotions to give our writing heart and soul, but being able to nearly effortlessly publish a book on Amazon (after the task of writing it), sure beats the old days when you had to pay thousands to self publish. Now it is virtually free and you can make royalties that beat most publishing houses. (Although you do not get an advance from Amazon. You only get paid if the book sells!)

Well, back to the grindstone. I have to listen to a meeting now and write that for the newspaper. That way I can get back to what is really important—my granddaughter, my dad, and my business.

Karin😎

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Recent Comments

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This is truly amazing work so far and I'm loving it! 😁

Myra ♥️

Thanks, Myra. I figured it was time I quit talking about writing and actually get it done. I have so many unfinished manuscripts laying around and I'm not getting any younger. So, I am wanting to be able to leave something for my granddaughter that I raise. Of course, I will not forget my other grandchildren!

Thanks again, Myra!

Karin

Awesome Karin, that is surely inspiring that you find ways to keep writing.

I think it comes down to ambition, and finding the reasons that motivate us to do our business, no matter what happens around us.

All the best with your books :)

Kind regards
Erica

Thanks, Erica. As long as they keep making coffee I think I will be okay!

Actually, I don't know what finally clicked, but I feel like this time the pieces are connecting and I have the energy to do this!

Karin

Haha yes I agree Karin, coffee has a nice impact on things!

You are so right in when the pieces need to connect to flow through :)

All the best!

Erica

I.can’t believe what you accomplished in so short a time. The post is full of gray suggestions
Jim

Thanks Jim. I am not sure what "gray suggestions" are, but I may have to use that as a writing prompt! 😁

Karin

It was a typo that I didn't catch. It was supposed to be "great."
Jim

I really like the concept of "gray" suggestions though! I can see a lot of potential with it. Like it isn't really black or white as a suggestion, just kind of gray.

Thanks for clarifying, Jim!

Karin 😆

Boy! You have been busy. Sounds like a great idea about the prompt book. I hate getting writer's block. And don't let anyone tell you it's not a real thing because it is.

Nancy

I have been busy, Nancy. And writer's block is definitely real! Only those who have never experienced it will claim it doesn't exist.

Best wishes,
Karin

Sounds like you are making some great progress, Karin!

Jeff

Doing what I can. I feel like I have no idea what I am doing and that is kind of fun! But also kind of frightening!

Karin

I can certainly understand that, Karin! You'll get it done!

Jeff

Thanks, Jeff. As a fellow author, I feel like you probably know better than most.

Karin

Perhaps, Karin!

Jeff

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