If there is one thing that you really want to concentrate on it’s your focus: show up regularly, and see things through. Those two aspects are literally the most important parts of the creative process. Everything else — the false starts, the surprises, the failures, the experiments, … Those aspects are essential for your creative process. They keep you on your toes, they keep you exhilarated, and they help you embrace something that is deep inside you on your own terms.
And you actually don’t have to produce and share something all the time. I realise that in the day and age of social media, that’s a strange statement: artists are now thought of as “content creators”. But is that really how you want to see yourself? As some sort of drone who puts out stuff every other day just to feed some machine that mostly does nothing for you (other than making you feel bad)? How is that a good idea?
Posts categorised ‘Writing’
In recent days, I’ve been making good progress on the novel I’ve been working on, off and on, for years. Back in 2017, I “completed” a first draft (the third quarter was still much too rushed, but at least there were no outright missing bits) and since then I’ve been trying to refine it into something actually presentable. One complication I found was that, while …
Publishing is doing great. Despite panic at the start of the lockdown, book sales were actually up during lockdown, as people turned to books to pass the time, joining online bookclubs and finding ways to support their local indie booksellers. But authorship? Not so great.
Every part of the publishing supply chain has undergone radical concentration over the past 40 years, starting with consolidation of mass-market distribution in the 1980s.
Despite the title, the majority of this article is about how traditional publishing has changed – become dominated by a few key players with the power to crush workers and authors because it’s not like they have anywhere else to go. Highlights that the problem with self-publishing is marketing (reaching readers), but the impression this article leaves me with is that it’s still, overall, the best choice.
So for the first time in maybe six weeks, I cracked open Scrivener and made some great progress rewriting my novel 😅 I’m a real “binge writer” – do thousands a day for a bit, then nothing for ages – but it feels so great to make forward progress. I wish I would more often.