Ciao, amici! How was your week? Mine was a little bumpy, but that seems to be the case for many of my friends. Like my grandma would say, there must be something in the water.
I hope your week was better than mine. My days alternated between scrambling in a hurry and waiting impatiently. I don’t like to do either.
My company gave me my tentative calendar for next year. The good news is they believe in me and think next year will be my break out year. The bad news is they believe in me and have me all over the schedule. Roughly one publication every three weeks. Before your jaw drops (as mine did when I saw the calendar), you have to realize I already have some of these written and they’re just waiting on an edit, a cover, and a formatted layout for the different versions.
But I don’t have all of them done, and that has me working like crazy now to get more in the bank for next year. Which brings me to these wise words by David Allen:
Your mind is for having ideas,
not holding them.
Sage advice. Why be a writer if you’re not going to write? Write and publish? I’ve got a lot of ideas in my head. As I’m working on one story, a few others are usually churning in the background—characters are developing arcs and plots are working out kinks. I had a fabulous idea the other day… something that finally gives me the inciting incident for a plot I’ve been noodling around for at least five years. That’s proof that if you think about something long enough, you’ll work out the problems.
Seems to contradict the quote of the week, huh?
It doesn’t. Sure, I thought about this for a long time. I “held” the idea in my mind. But that’s not where it ends. I’m going to write that book.
But probably not next year because my calendar is full.
What about you? Any ideas you’ve been holding onto instead of writing? A particularly bad or good week you want to share with the rest of us? Let’s talk about it.
And now, this week’s writing links:
Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:
- Mondays are Murder: Charles Manson
- D.L. Cross Talks Aliens and Alternate Identities | Mae Clair
- Book Review: A Cold Dark Place
- WIP Wednesday: Shame
- Sci-Fi Thursday: AATIP
Posts by others in the industry:
- Creating Wonder in Fiction | Fiction University
- 5 Ways to Transform a Boring Scene | K.M. Allan
- 13 Writing Tips by Roald Dahl | Standout Books
- Book Cover Art (from a guy who worked with Stephen King and Clive Barker) | AutoCrit
- Avoiding Adverbs | Writing Forward
- Keeping Your Blog Fresh | Nicholas C. Rossis
- How to Know When Your Story is Done | Word Dreams
- Get More Done by Giving Yourself Less Time | Kill Zone
- Emotions in Fiction | StoryFix
- Encountering Readers in Real Life | Kill Zone
- 4 Ways to Write a Better Novel | Fiction University
- 6 Ways to Pump Up Your Writing | Fiction University
- 10 Writing Tips: Terry Tyler | Shelley Wilson
- 5 Most Common Indie Mistakes | Kobo Writing Life
- 8 Ways to Generate Ideas | Now Novel
- Reading Order Checklist | Standout Books
- Editing Tips | Smorgasbord
- Promotion Before Publication | BookBub
- Hero’s Call to Action | The Write Practice
- 20 Marketing Strategies | Self Publishing Review
- 7 Core Conflicts | Kill Zone
To make you smile:
- Thor’s Day Smile (a week late) | Marcia Meara
- Laughter Lines | Smorgasbord
- Delivery Service | Carl D’Agostino
- Monday Funnies: Diamond Lil | The Storyreading Ape
- Things Only Writers Will Get | Jessica Bakkers
- National Book Lovers Day | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Things Are Not As They Seem | Smorgasbord
- Monday Memes and Other Things | Marcia Meara
- Nina Conti | Smorgasbord
- Monday Chuckles | Bluebird of Bitterness
- For All the Girls Out There… | Bluebird of Bitterness
- Lucy and Twiggy Stay Home | John W. Howell
And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.
Have a great weekend! Arrivederci!