We would like to big-up a fabulous website that we have discovered called Write to Done. It is full of fab information on how to traverse the rocky road to writing and publishing a book as successfully as possible by reinvigorating your creative talent. http://writetodone.com/
The most recent article on the site is The first 7 Steps to a successful Media Plan for Writers. I do not think one can thump on long enough about the necessity of keeping engaged with readers. As a direct example, the last six weeks or so have had to be devoted to essential personal issues, not least dealing with my dicky back a permanent fixture I'm afraid.(I am planning an article dealing with chronic pain soon). Because I have not been able to be on top of promotion, I have seen a direct drop off in sales. Interesting huh?
Getting back to WritetoDone. The most valuable thing I havetaken away from this website has been the free book that can be downloaded directly from them. It is called The Nearly Ultimate Guide to Better Writing complied by Mary Jaksch. I cannot recommend it highly enough as a motivational tool for writers. It is especially useful when feeling a little jaded.
I found most of the articles useful, however, dipping into the book, I was very impressed with Write to Serve: Giving Deeper Purpose to Your Craft (Barrie Davenport) and Why You Should Stop Waiting for Inspiration by Kat Eden and Recover From Writing Burnout; 18 Tips for Writing with Gusto by Tess Marshall. However, almost all the content is interesting, dynamic and inspiring.
For me reading books on editing, social media strategies and writing technique is all very useful, however, sometimes you need a book that will simply blow your mind and fill it with energy and verve, this book did it for me. I have been feeling somewhat low due to back pain. I have not been in the right frame of mind to write. Sitting has been extremely painful. This book has given me a good kick where it hurts and reminded me that writing is a painful business anyway so I may as well just get on with it!
Belle Marsh (c) 2012 (also published on our sister site writervamp.blogspot.com)