Picking up where I left off yesterday…
Writing is hard.
But do you want to know what the hardest part is?
I guess if it were easy, Pulitzer Prize winning books would line every shelf at Barns and Noble. Yesterday I wasted an another day tweaking stuff. From updating profiles on about a dozen social sites, fixing a few snags on my blog, and running security updates on my laptop about the only writing I accomplished was updating passwords. There were no hot bodice ripping or bloody murder scenes to be had, nope all techno geek stuff.
But here’s the thing, when you get errors, electronic housekeeping is a must. If you want someone, anyone, to read your blog or book you must be visible. Part of all this cleaning is to Google a few sites, including yours. See what pops. Find out where your rank. Don’t become discouraged, become informed.
When was the last time you posted something to Reddit.com, researched delicious.com, checked out trends on Yahoo.com, set up a Google alert or ran or checked your SEO (search engine optimization) or SERP (search engine results page) ranking?
I know all this takes time away from writing that break-out novel but is necessary. So take a day or get someone to do all this for you and make sure all your hard work pays off.
If you write just to see your thoughts in print, to read to your pet… never mind.
After posting this, I’m gonna write a paragraph. A fiction paragraph.
Well, I’m gonna try.
This afternoon I’m heading over to The Prompt and use her word Cinderella Prompt #59
Link closes 3/26/2015 11:59 PM North America – Eastern Standard Time
What about you?
What word will you use to prime your pump?
What are your writing challenges?