Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Seven Habits of Highly Effective (aka published) Authors

So, I've started a series about the habits of effective authors over on my blog, and I thought I'd post the first day here for you all to read. Day number two (and eventually three through seven) will be over on my blog: tawnytaylor.blogspot.com. I hope you enjoy this post!

Before I was published, I was desperately searching for the magic formula that would catapult me from unpublished wannabe to published author status. Yes, I was one of those writers, the kind who wanted to be published so bad, I could taste it. And I admit I was looking for shortcuts.

Did I find any shortcuts? Sorry, nope. But I did find some things that could help move me in the right direction. Ready? I think I'll post one "habit" a day for seven days. That way, I won't have this uber-long treatise that no one wants to read, lol.

So what's today's habit?

1. Published authors spend their time writing. Books. Not blogs. Not emails. Not chit-chatty messages on forums or yahoo groups.

They write every day (well, except for holidays and maybe weekends if writing is your full time job).

I can't tell you how many writers I see waste valuable time playing on forums, blogs and yahoo groups. Yes, this kind of activity could be seen as networking, developing a market for future books (a readership) and researching the industry. But the time should be limited and never interfere with time spent actually writing.

In order to keep priorities straight, I recommend a writer set a specific word count/page count goal for every day.

What's a realistic goal? That depends upon your situation. Do you have small children at home? A full time job? Or other time consuming daily obligations? Then maybe your goal will be to write one page a day. That'll get you a book a year.

If you're writing full time, you might be able to tackle a much more aggressive goal. Ten, twenty pages a day is common for some authors, particularly epublished who rely upon frequent ebook releases to generate buzz and steady income.

Whatever that goal might be--one page or twenty--be tough on yourself. No "play time" allowed until your daily goal is met. There's nothing wrong with rewarding yourself with some fun time on Romance Divas AFTER your pages are done :)

Do this, and before long it'll become routine and you'll be cranky if you don't get your pages done for the day.

Okay, so that's it. Habit number one. I'll give you a little hint about the second habit...it has to do with something that most authors don't want to know about.

Vampilicious Erotic Romance


Blogger Jennah said...

Great post, Tawny. Guess what I was doing just now? Yep, playing...I'm looking forward to the rest of your posts.

September 12, 2007 at 10:32 AM  
Blogger Yolanda Sfetsos said...

Cool post! :)

Personally, I love to blog and visit a few message boards, etc... but I allocate a specific time (sometimes, times) per day to do it. And usually after I've done what I aimed to do.

Great piece of advice, Tawny.

September 12, 2007 at 1:36 PM  

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