Thursday, June 14, 2018

Reaching Chapter Five

I don't always complete the projects I begin. As I have blogged about before, I have about a 50/50 track record. If I started writing something it's a coin toss as to whether or not I'll get to The End.

However, if I can finish Chapter Five that usually means I will finish the book.

Five days ago I started a little chapter book that will probably be about 15,000 words when it is complete... and today I finished Chapter Five. I have my fingers crossed that this means it will be complete. And if I can keep up the pace of writing one chapter a day, I should be able to get to the end in seven more days!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Daily Three

I've had four productive days in a row. That's a nice change of pace, because it's been a while since I've worked (creatively) that many days in a row. Hopefully, the trend will continue.

One of the reasons I've been able to get into the groove of things is simple: I finally picked a specific project to work on. Sometimes, at the beginning of a new phase, I spend too much time fretting iver what to work on next. A play? A picture book revision? A novel?

In this case, I zeroed in on the chapter book medium... this one is about a group of friends whonhappen to be bugs. (We'll call it my Bug Book, for now.)

The other reason things are going well: I have simplified my priorities so that I wake up and I am concerned with accomplishing three tasks.

1) Exercise (Feeling fit helps you feel creative.)

2) Write at least 1500 words

3) Complete my wife's Honey-Do List (this varies in size and complexity from day-to-day, but usually doesn't take too long).

If I can finish the first two items on the list, then I can fulfill whatever family / household responsibilities that need to be done... And without me mentally whining to myself that I'm not being productive.

Once those three things are done, I have the day to myself. I can read Stephen King. i can watch Netflix. I can hang out with friends. OrIf I'm smart, I'll work ahead on my book!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Creativity VS. Marketing -- Help!

Sorry, little blog... I've been neglecting you.

The funny thing is, I've been journaling so much, it doesn't seem like I've been errant in my blog posts. I've written a diary entry for ever day of the summer so far. I've just been keeping it to myself, locked away on my first generation iPad.

I've also been having way too much fun on Instagram. Far more fun than a grown man should be allowed to experience. If you'd like to follow the poorly photographed merriment, here's the link (I think):

Anyway, the summer has been great fun so far. The trip to Boston / New York / Washington D.C. was fantastic. One of the highlights happened at the beginning of the trip. I met my editors at Charlesbridge and Candlewick. Imagine you are a Disneyland fanatic and you are invited to go behind the scenes and meet the Imagineers at their workspace -- that was what it was like for me. I was full on geeking out at all he KidLit illustrations on the walls.

Now, I'm back in California, and it;s time to get back to work... which always leads to the question: Do I work on creating new stuff or selling existing stuff?

Usually what happens is that I try to spend to coming up with marketing ideas, and after I fail at that, I fall back into my comfort zone and get to work on a new project. That's fine, but the thing is... I've got these new books that I want people to read...

For example: THERE'S A DINOSAUR ON THE 13th FLOOR is available for pre-order!!!

But other than bothering my family and friends on Facebook, I haven't discovered a very active, productive way to generate word of mouth.

Any marketing ideas? I'm open to suggestions. Ir do you think I should not worry about selling myself and just hunker down and get to work on my next project?