Just finished the 1st draft of my next book

I been on a writing frenzy for the past week and a half, minus a trip out of state where my husband and I had to spread ashes, making me have 23 chapters of a new book. It is one that I had ponder over in my head. It is a short novel and now the first draft is complete. Committing myself to writing 1000 words each day did the trick.

It has been a while since I wrote daily like I use to in the past. It helps you forget what is going on around you. In an odd way it is a mental break from life.

Writing is a need for those of us who are writers. Regardless how much we write at any sitting just doing it does a body good mentally and physically. This was something I never understood until I began to write.

The new book is volume two to my Squirrel Mafia book that has been received very well. People have asked me repeatedly if I had planned on writing book two. My answer had always been no. That was until they continued to give me information to use to write about. I started to write down topics every time they did something different from what I wrote in book one. The list ended up exploding.

I have also enjoyed editing the first draft. Yes, even I Sharon C. Williams has said those hated words out loud and have told someone as well. I am enjoying editing a book. I hate editing like it is a fire in my gut. But right now I am having soooooo much fun.

I will need to work on revising soon and getting it reviewed by my critique group. But this has been a project I am absolutely enjoying.

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Writer vs. Author

 

What is the difference between writers and authors? The reason I asked the question is when I typed this into the search engine on Yahoo I got the following.

“We often use the words author and writer interchangeably. But indeed both these words are quite different. A writer is a person who writes a book, article, or any literary piece, while an author is essentially the person who originates the idea, plot, or content of the work being written.”

We do use the word interchangeably at least the people I hang out with. We do it so often I wonder if I asked them point-blank some might struggle in answering the question.

While the definitions of both words above show the difference in the two one depends on the other. You can’t be an author if you don’t write.

I even have author friends who don’t define themselves as writers if they don’t have a book out. I use to think that which is counterproductive. For starters it is not true especially if you go by the definition above. Secondly it brings down one’s confidence. One that we do to ourselves. Thankfully I broke free from that way of thinking early on.

However you call yourself, regardless if you have a book out or not, if you are writing you are moving toward something. To me that is the whole point. Just start writing so at least you can join in the conversation.

Updating your social platform: How long has it been?

I have preached here before on the importance of having an author’s platform which includes online and in real life. But how many do? How many feel it is a good idea but never get around to it? From my experience from the people in my writing circle in this area very few do regardless of the reasons.

But to the few that do how often do you go back and check your sites?I try to do a health check on my various sites every three months. Do I do it? No, not always. But it is a vital tool in your kit to not only have a platform but a healthy one.

You might not have updated your books. You might have a different bio that you are using now. You might not like the style or theme you are using and want a change. You just might want something different since it is a new year.

But that is not the only reason. If you don’t keep your platform healthy and active that can affect your presence. How many times have you gone to a site and see that it is outdated? Or worse that it has no new information to share with you? Perhaps you been to a site and see that links or videos are no longer working. Maybe there was a glitch in the system and your site now is not how you had it.

Yes, life has a way of getting in the way that can slow us down. My family just suffered a huge emotional lost and I have not been around. But as I made my rounds I fixed things here and there, spruce up other things and showed I was active.

It is time-consuming to go over all of our author’s platform but it is well worth it for you, your books and your brand.